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addicted to complacency

Date: June 27, 2022 8:46 pm
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This is not a speculation, do not wait for answers or suggestions. This is just a complaint that I have to share. I understand that our society has become addicted to complacency. We are not the first hypocrites in history, and living generations did not invent hypocrisy, but lately it has been expressed in such an irreconcilable form that it is difficult to bear.

We pretend to be offended and strongly condemn corruption, which, while not generalized, is systemic. But we have normalized it so much that people vote, sometimes passionately, for the corrupt. We even assume this as a natural manifestation of market relations, when corrupt practices are carried out by economic entities. As if private property was an excuse.

Social collusion, whether in Madrid, Catalonia or Valencia, has played a decisive role in making the scourge of corruption a chronic social disease. Francisco Camps confirmed this long ago when, after confirming his legal age, despite the fact that he had already been charged, he declared with all self-confidence that: “A mí els valencians ja m’han absolt”.

We say we can’t stand tension, but we’ve internalized it so much that twitching gets a lot of votes. Just look at the polls, 86% of citizens believe that there is a lot of tension in political life. Then, by crossing the results with vote recall, we check that among those who express greater tension aversion are Vox voters.

Lately, we’ve also lamented how vulnerable our privacy is from eavesdropping and leaks of all kinds. Although in parallel we have normalized that the conversations of public figures are tapped and recorded. Some record it for their own benefit, others filter it for their own benefit, others publish it in the name of transparency, and others greedily consume records. The thing turns red when those who regret recording private conversations are media professionals who are in a sleepless fight to see who filters more stuff and thus gets more audience.

It is true that not everyone behaves the same way. There are media that try to explain to us why they decided in favor of publishing recordings the conflict that exists between the individual’s right to honor, privacy and self-image and the fundamental right of citizens to truthful information.

Others, on the other hand, are constantly leaking lies, knowing that this is the case and that this is part of the dirty war strategy. Neus Tomas brought this to our attention a few days ago, recalling that journalist Pedro Agueda had already denounced in 2014 the existence of a “patriotic police” while others acted as representatives of Villarejo.

This self-satisfaction reaches its climax when we bitterly mourn the consequences of actions that we knew and knew in advance. Nothing new under the sun, I think it was Nietzsche who said, “There are people who spend their lives wondering when they discover what they used to hide.”

Although, in view of what he saw, the philosopher did not live up to expectations. Today, one can usually find leaders or opinion-makers lamenting the consequences of a policy that, shortly before, they were defending with all their might. This happened with austerity during the Great Recession and continues to happen today. The same ones who promote the policy of job insecurity then lament the level of inequality and poverty in society. Some defend the low-wage economic model, oppose minimum wage increases, and then lament the financial imbalances that in the social security system result in low contributions from the low-quality jobs they themselves promote. And so everything.

One of the many side effects of the war in Ukraine is a significant increase in self-confidence. I am not only referring to the double standards applied to human rights violations. Every denunciation has its moment, and now is not the time to focus on the Azores trio and Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. There is a lot of responsibility in what is happening in Ukraine, but the only one who could have prevented this war is the one who invaded a sovereign country, the Putin regime.

In the information and analysis of the war in Ukraine, I find a more sophisticated hypocrisy. It suddenly reveals what we have deliberately ignored, that Russia is an autocratic regime, to use a euphemism that does not respect human rights.

Now let’s also check what we already knew, but hid. The criminal money that moves through the sewers of the fiscal dunghills – we call it heaven – uses the same financial schemes as gray or seemingly clean money. We deplore the difficulty of sanctioning Russian oligarchs because it means dismantling the tax avoidance schemes used by the people we have turned into myths.

Of course, once we smugly reveal what we’ve been hiding, we don’t change our attitude. On the contrary, we are able to quite rightly condemn the Putin regime and, at the same time, strengthen economic and political relations with Qatar while covering up its human rights violations. To add fuel to the fire, we call this complacency geostrategic positioning.

Let it be clear that my complaint does not refer to the contradictions of a human being. Having contradictions and accepting them is just as great as doubting. I am intimidated by people who never question or accept their contradictions. I run from them, especially if they are people with whom I share beliefs. But it is one thing to doubt and allow contradictions, and another to become addicted to complacency.

Looking for an explanation for this monumental hypocrisy that lies in wait for us, I find a very classic explanation. When understanding something means losing important benefits, the incentives for not understanding are very strong.

But this is not a novelty of our time, it has always been so. There must be some other reason explaining, for example, the self-confidence of national rights. When asked about their absolute disregard for the rules of coexistence in the name of freedom, despising the community, especially the “losers”, they answer impudently, so what? Christina Monge reminded us a few days ago in a scathing article in InfoLibre.

Perhaps, only perhaps, the explanation lies in the great mutation that our society is undergoing and that the French philosopher Eric Sadin described in his latest book. Perhaps we are witnessing the “end of the common world” and the advent of a new era, the “epoch of the tyrannical personality.” Perhaps this implacable self-satisfaction is just the way our “absolutist self” always emerges victorious.

Perhaps it is time to work, especially in the ideological realm, to once again balance the relationship between freedom and community. But how to do this in a society in which digitalization not only fragments jobs, but also destroys our lives and our identity? A society in which social networks have created a mirage of the absolute centrality of our “I”.

Honestly, I don’t know, I already told you that I don’t have the answers. In this we are not much different from other contemporaries who had to go through moments of great upheaval. When you think about it, knowing where you want to go, even if you don’t know how, is already the first step.


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