We think we've never had it so good.
We think we're the best ever. Better than all before us. We smugly assert our prowess. The most prosperous of all humanity.
But at what cost?
We praise those who have driven us poor. We watch their share market handiwork on the news at night. The industry captains who hold our future in their hands. When they fail, they don't get punished; we do.
We accept poverty. It's part of the system after all. The most prosperous system ever known to man. Surely those who are poor must be so of their own accord! How else could they fail with such a wonderful opportunity?
We praise the machines that have driven us stupid. The telly's, those new flat screens, the big ones, with the surround sound, the mesmerising 3D, the touch sensitive screen, the smart telly connected to the net, we absorb ourselves in it's distractions, in it's assertions of supremacy of truth in the nightly news hour.
We praise our new found knowledge, feed to us by corporations. We laugh at those who don't agree, and return to our slumber. We are right. Somehow we know that. The big screen telly with surround sound has boomed at us that we are right.
We start to hate those who are "wrong"...........
We are brainwashed. Brainwashed by our machines.
Brainwashed by The Machine.