Obsessions and Preoccupations

By Swami Dr Snehananda Jyoti on 23-06-2011

Status of the World –25

The
World I like to Live in – Conclusion (Continued): The world we are living in is
a scary place, increasingly hostile and terror-stricken.  In the small state of Kerala, India, where I
spend about 9 months in a year, many of the male youth and the young adults
(ages  between 20 and 55) find ways to
have or get easy money, and are having recourse to alcohol to deal with their
stress, frustration, and depression. Once they begin drinking or using drugs
their personality begins to change, many of them become very aggressive,
impulsive, and destructive, and terrorize and brutalize people. When they are
caught and made accountable for their inhuman behavior, they become
superficially and opportunistically repentant to avoid punitive and legal
consequences. Interestingly the same kind of situations with youth and young adults
obtains also in the USA where I live part of the year. That goes to show human
beings all over the world are the same. The fact that increasing number of
humans in the world are using drugs and alcohol (substances) to get a euphoric
mood or kick  indicates that we are
gradually losing our ability to generate happiness from within, and that we are
becoming emotionally and spiritually poorer while becoming materially affluent.
Looking at it another way, we have not made in the realm of the spirit the kind
of scientific and technological advances in the sphere of the matter.

The
on-going obsession and  preoccupation in
the daily printed (news papers, weeklies) and audio-visual (television,
internet) media with which actors and actresses have better physical endowments
(vital statistics), who is sexually hot, who is in, and who is out is truly
appalling. Cosmetic surgery to alter bodily features (for example, breast
augmentation or reduction for females) and injection of substances such as
collagen, silicone, and botox to enhance looks and to change contours of the
body are becoming increasingly popular. Exploitation especially of female
bodies for sexy, seductive, poses and looks in commercials and advertisements
to sell all kinds of goods is mind-boggling. Sophisticated, often very subtle,
at times even gross genital stimulation and attraction seem to be the
all-engrossing and over-riding passion or concern for many people. I have come
to this conclusion because news publishers cater to people’s taste, and
sexually titillating stuff helps them to stay in business. Even children at a
young age are very concerned about their appearances, and have started using
things like nail-polish and lip-stick. I know women who pluck their eyebrows
and create thin artificial lines of their choice as eyebrows. Everybody knows
or can have a vivid imagination of male and female anatomy. Exploitation of sex
to sell goods is working otherwise such enormous amount of money will not be
spent in advertisements and commercials. 
A society based on supply and demand caters to wants rather than needs,
and thrives on insatiable consumption. The medical and legal professions are
going in directions that do not give hope for humanity. Drug and alcohol abuse
and dependence lead persons into bottomless pits. (To be Continued)

About The Author

Swami Dr Snehananda Jyoti

Dr. John K Thekkedam (Swami Snehananda Jyoti) spent most of his life as a clinical psychologist in USA. He began his public life as a Jesuit priest. Quite attracted in distinct philosophies, he left the society and founded 'East West Awakening'.