An excerpt from Tony Vigorito’s third novel, “Love and Other Pranks”: “So this stupid pretense of a civilization we’re supposed to identify with,” Lila went on, “is really just the darkest spell of all.”
The Irish philosopher, poet and shaman John Moriarty used Irish myths to illustrate his belief that there has been a schism between what we as
humans instinctively are and what we have become and how we choose to
live. He became a character living in a parallel Ireland called
Fódhla, lamenting the wrong turn that the Western world has taken.
Just outside my door at Norbulingka in northern India was a magnificent
rendering of the Bhavachakra, the Wheel of Suffering. The more I
thought about it, the more it seemed that American culture is a charicature of the human condition, similar to the one in the Tibetan painting. The cartoonist in me couldn't resist.
Propaganda tactics developed
during World War I are now the foundation for our entire addiction-based
consumer system. The dehumanizing
force we now call "public relations" has been targeting demographic groups since the 1920s, starting with the American housewife.