August 8, 2019

The Wars, and So On

As Reich saw it, the basic somatic drive of human beings has been abnegated, on a planet-wide basis, by a false social ambition. Everyone is involved in an unacknowledged collusion with everyone else, agreeing not to notice that no one is real, that no one is having a real experience in the world, as long as they are not exposed either. The smiles thrown back and forth mask the underlying pain and the evasion of biological necessity, which then expresses itself in character disorders: People are dull. They are dull, dead, uninterested. And, then, they develop their pseudo-contacts, fake pleasures, fake intelligence, superficial things, the wars, and so on. — Wilhelm Reich, 1952
— Richard Grossinger, Planet Medicine, 1980