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Monday, October 01, 2012

I Hate This Brave, New World

Category: Conversations, Life, Mind Change

By Sam Vaknin
Author of “Malignant Self-love: Narcissism Revisited”

I hate this brave, new world where:

Illiteracy is 140 characters long and has a face-book;

 

Everyone has a thousand virtual “friends”, but virtually no real friend;

 

Every child has a mother and multiple fathers, but no parents;

 

Knowledge is a matter of opinion and opinions a matter of fads;

 

Our idols sport muscles and vocal cords, but little else besides;

 

The right to vote is universal, but the will to vote is not;

 

Everyone has a right to free speech, but little of value to say;

 

Extramarital sex is considered recreation and monogamy a throwback;

 

The only ideology is self-gratification and collectives are mere dim memories;

 

The only certainty is uncertainty and the only permanent fixture is change (for change’s sake);

 

Obsolescence is the driver of innovation, but science, art, and literature are obsolete;

 

As men and women lose their traditional roles, confusion and inter-gender enmity reign. In a unisex world, homosexuality, or sexual abstinence are rational choices. As malignant, narcissistic individualism is on the rise, the species is dying out. In many countries - including major ones such as Japan, Russia, and Germany - the population is declining precipitously. More than one third of the youth of these places opt for celibacy and singlehood. Sperm counts have plummeted by a whopping 70%.

 

We are in the throes of vanishing.

 

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