Schizophrenia is a term used for a specific mental disease. It can also be used as a metaphor for some of its symptoms. More accurately, the disease is multiple personality disorder, but ‘schizophrenia’ has more panache. Read the two terms back to back – ‘multiple personality disorder’, ‘schizophrenia’. Don’t you agree that schizophrenia is a jazzier, more fun word?
Corporations dictate American Culture. Clothing, music, and art are all bought, sold, marketed, disseminated, and spoon-fed to American consumers through the avenues of commercialism which are owned by Corporations.
There is nothing wrong with that. This is simply a statement of fact.
Yet, there are two great forces at work that are at total odds that, as a consumer, I see as affecting American Culture negatively. Those two great forces are Social Conservatism and Blatant Sexuality.
Social Conservatism has always suppressed sexuality. I do not believe that this is for religious grounds, as Corporations are not religious institutions nor do they espouse any spiritual ideals. Corporations have a single goal – make money. Either for stock holders or other owners depending on how they are arranged.
So why do Corporations wish to suppress sexuality? The ultimate Corporate goal is not to make money. Money is a means to achieve power. With power comes sex. If sex was readily available to anyone, without power, the goal of Corporations would become moot.
Now, this is a vast simplification, but it is based on truth. Corporations are managed by people and people need sex. One of the great motivating tools of the Corporation is providing power to those who do well. This translates to sex. Vastly more complicated than I have time for here, but that’s the idea. Sex is a motivating tool for the elite.
Sex ceases to be a motivating tool if it is readily available. Why are there laws against prostitution? We know that laws against prostitution are essentially meaningless, since they are completely unenforceable. If laws were made by reasonable men and women, prostitution would be regulated the way barber shops and beauty salons are regulated. Health inspections, licenses, etc. Of course, the only legal prostitition is embodied in some marriages, but that’s for another entry.
Corporations control the government and thus create the law. They need to preserve sex as a domain for the powerful to enjoy carte blanche. It is not enough to have the act of sex, it is to have the act of sex knowing that others cannot enjoy it in a particular way. It is the reason people enjoy rare vintages of wines and go to out-of-the-way, obscure beach resorts, and drive one-of-a-kind sports cars, etc…
Elitism. Everyone in American Culture, beyond the Corporation, wants to be an Elitist. That is the whole point of religion. That is the whole point of new and emerging genres of music. It is not enough to be punk, you have to be hard core or you have to be Emo, or you have to be retro new wave… essentially, there is absolutely no inherent value in any particular genre of music. There is no inherent superiority. There is nothing ‘new’ or truly exciting about these things. It is simply that few people are into it and the fewer the better. As soon as a majority of people get into it, it ceases to be ‘cool’ and we move onto the next fantastic form of music that no one knows about.
For religion, it is not enough to be Christian; you have to be Fundamentalist, you have to be in church every Sunday, every Wednesday night… you have to Believe in the Bible’s complete inerrancy, you have to join choir, Bible study, take advantage of every social opportunity and live a spotless life so that the Others don’t look down on you. Hopefully, you drive a nice, well-cleaned car. If you’re a man, I hope you wear a tie. If you’re a woman, I hope you stay at home with the kids, since that is your rightful place. Also, if you do have children, I hope you keep them out of the dirty, public school system with the swine of humanity teeming with sin.
Fashion, though, is fleeting and what I am referring to as the motivating factors of Corporations through sex is enduring. This is permanent elitism. Once in power we wish to stay in power. And we will have the elite fuck until the end of time.
On the flip side of this is Blatant Sexuality. How do Corporations, who propagate the madness of Social Conservatism, at the same time, push Blatant Sexuality down America’s throats? What is the reason for this? How is it consistent?
It is not consistent. In fact, that is my whole point. It is not meant to be. There is the elite and the rest. The elite live in a world where Blatant Sexuality is 1) obsured 2) easily enjoyed by a few. They wish the rest of the world to live in a world where Blatant Sexuality is 1) hinted at to sell product 2) illegal and unattainable. The more unattainable and hinted at the better because people will pay more and more money to try to get to it, without knowing that it does not exist for them.
This is the tease of the television commercial revealing cleavage but no nipple. This is the come on of the R-rated movie that shows pubic hair but no pink. This is the hypocrisy of the cable porn program that shows the fuck but no cum shot.
Semen is sacred after all. We must not upset the Vatican, the Southern Baptist Convention, the Mormons, or Islam. For every Elitist, there is always someone more Elite.
Of course, sex is healthy and a vital component of life. It is not only a pleasure, but it supports and continues the life of humans on Earth. The schizophrenia of Corporate ‘Ethics’ around sex, however, creates oversexed-undersexed people. They are at once full of desire and full of frustration for lack of fruition of that desire. So they eat. They become obese. They join health clubs or get surgeries to help them. But the guilt that American Culture weights on those who desire sex as a pleasure stems from Corporate Elitism. Religion helps out, in no small measure, but has far, far less actual power than the messages that the Corporation can beam into people’s brains through commercialism and fashion.
So we have a sick society where priests prey on boys, where teachers prey on their students, where kids have kids, and marriages crumble like houses built on sand. All for the sake of the Elitist Fuck. They love it that way.