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Placebo
A lie or foolishness you keep believing in out of sloth or fear.

Government
Grouping of gangs loosely connected mostly seeking to capture funding.

State
Juridical fiction.

Nation
Demagogic appeal.

Democracy
A set of decision-making procedures, largely untested, basically illusory.

Majority
Manipulation of masses, usually around dogmatic thinking.

The People
Mob, rabble.

Society
Grouping of mobs.

Power
A kind of addiction.

Army (or the monopoly of violence)
Method for systematic brutalization.

The Law
Stabilization of privilege obtained through knavery.

Moral Standards
Prejudice.

Religion
Channelling of sexual energies for political gain.

The Bible
Slopish editorial job upon clandestine sources.

Traditions
Social dynamics invalidated in large scales of population or time.

Family
Meshing of emotional blackmail.

Race
Incest and inbreeding.

Maternity
Imprinting of our fears upon our siblings.

Love
Bad fiction, mostly towards hiding of reproductive habits.

Sex
Blind impulse.

Instincts
Predictable reactions, therefore exploitable.

Nature
Bad interpretation of Odum.

Survival of the fittest
Bad interpretation of Darwin, whom referred only to circumstantial luck.

Evolution
Biological process that is mostly verified, that explains almost nothing without a much better explanation of random mutation than biology currently posses.

Capitalism
Bad interpretation of Das Kapital, a book left unfinished with the death of the author.

The Market
Misleading advertisement from autocratic governments like the British Monarchy of the XVII century.

Money
Energy storing device, disconnected from energy sources themselves, thus always a consequence and not a cause.

Industry
Figurehead for big military complexes.

Newtonian Physics
Successful manoeuvre happened at XVIII century England.

General Relativity
Misleading advertisement for the USA war machine.

Petroleum
ROI fastly declining.

Internet
Cabling without inherent tendencies.

Press
Self-referential heraldics.

Technique / Engineering
Familiarity.

Technology
A machine that was not designed to maximize human being’s happiness.

Mathematics
Behavioural conditioning applied to ADD children so they ignore the context of ideas.

Science
Attempt at showing oneself smarter than others.

Arts
Attempt at showing oneself more sophisticated than others.

Culture
Supposed unity of unrelated immaterial works.

Genius
Folkloric tale from de-contextualized biography.

Thinking
Imitative behaviour.

Future
A place whose prevalence, reality and purpose depend on yourself, a construction of yours, whether you want it or not, whether you believe in all the placebos or whether you can see the illusion. No one creates their own histories by mere whim, but neither can one refrain from inscribing one’s own attitude amidst the world. This is not «government do-it-yourself», but actually realizing that maybe government someday will fail, maybe religion will fail, morals and love and science will maybe fail, and so on, and that, if this comes to pass, what remains is: YOU.

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  1. By Placebos « Filosofia do Design on 25 Oct 2012 at 10:55 am

    [...] Guilty parties (maybe): Marcio Baraco, Bolívar Escobar, PC, Marcos Beccari, Fernando Galdino Pedrón. Baseado num texto de um outro blog. [...]

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