A few people believe in music and claim to sometimes hear it in their minds, or in the sounds of nature, but they can’t prove to skeptics that music exists.
Imagine a bear caged from birth. He feels these strange urges to explore, to go forth, to learn, to choose what he will eat, to find a mate. He was made for a much larger and richer world than the tiny cage he has always lived in. These urges drive him insane. He spends the hours of his life moving from corner to corner, lowering his head, swaying in perplexity, suffering his thwarted, natural impulses, living on concrete and grime, eating food that doesn’t nourish him properly.
Imagine a world where sight is unknown. People are born blind, but once in a while a child is born with eyes. Such unfortunate children are required to have surgery to remove the tumors in their heads that cause them to “see” things. In fact, a famous story written by H. G. Wells in 1904, titled “In the Country of the Blind,” illustrates what happens in such a case. He disproves an old saying of the times: “in the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.” Nope; he doesn’t become king! His disability is treated so that he becomes “normal.”
Imagine a world where the inhabitants are told they are only accidental machines in an accidental universe and reality is limited to what they can perceive through five narrow specific channels. Anything they perceive that doesn’t fit with the program is not real. Worse, it is an indication that something is wrong with them and that they need behavior modification and/or medication and maybe even confinement.
Yet these inhabitants, unconsciously or consciously, depending on how aware they are, cannot help but feel deep down that something’s missing. They wonder, “Isn’t there more to life than this?” They suffer from innate urges that they don’t know what to do with.
These urges tell them Yes, life is far more than this! It is bigger and richer than mother and daddy and school and church and neighbors and doctors and leaders and teachers and everyone they know is apparently aware of. But … how to find this bigger world? Or whatever this something is that feels like a missing thing or spot of emptiness or amnesia or hunger or knowledge or pain or promise or punishment deep inside?
Like the bear in his little cage, they go from corner to corner looking for it. Not knowing what “it” is, but unable to not search for it.
Conditioned by society, some look to money, power, or status to do the trick. Respectability, approval, being thought highly of by others, belonging to a group, being a saint or the most famous criminal of the times, losing oneself in romance, sex, relationships, food or other substances, war, pursuing psychological improvement and spiritual development, courting danger, seeking thrills, inflicting pain on oneself or others, and any and all other forms of activity are all attempts to try to find “it” and stop the pain.
Not finding it, many eventually submit to social institutions that that tell them nothing is wrong and you should be happy, grateful, and nice. You should not be greedy or complaining (that is the job of politicians). This is the way the world is. This is what life is all about. Best to make do with it. If you don’t accept it, you are the problem and need to be adjusted, one way or another.
Many inhabitants of this mechanistic world eventually join the ranks of those who put on a show of being content while actually living the famous “life of quiet desperation.” Many of them have bought into thinking there is something wrong with them; others actually fool themselves into believing all must well because so many others have fallen into line.
In Secrets of Power, Volume 2, Ingo Swann points out: “If individuals did not have innate powers, then it is difficult to comprehend why they should feel their absence. It is also difficult to comprehend why power structure arrangements seek to establish depowerment methodologies to dumb down something that does not exist in the targeted populations. Generally speaking, and all other factors considered, one cannot feel powerless unless one senses, even if only minimally, that one has innate powers that are there, but are inactive, deadened, or not operational.”