“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you don’t bring forth what is within you, what you don’t bring forth will destroy you.”
This statement — did it strike you as true? It is attributed to Jesus of Nazareth. The “Bring forth” quote has the common sense of “Don’t keep it in! Unburden yourself! Let it out!” When psychotherapy began a century ago, this whole notion was revolutionary. Now, everybody gushes 24/7 into electronic devices, so much so that we wonder if the confessing is a bit much. Keep quiet for a while. If you bring forth everything you’ve got, then, do you have anything left inside?
Consumerism is like that. Corporations keep redoubling their presence in the air around us, the billboards go up to the stars and down into the palms of our hands. We have so much of our personal activity brought forth, our attention pulled out of us toward a product or an advertisement. All day and all night, the semi-naked celebrities are marching toward us. The corporate gadgets are creating a people emptied of an interior life.
This was envisioned from the very beginning of the age of corporate marketing. Edward Bernays was the cynical visionary who fathered the advertising age. He was a nephew of Sigmund Freud, the original “Bring-forth” thinker. Here is Bernays:
“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested …”
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