There are both similarities and differences with this idea. First, to be "Brainwashed", you need to have an ultimate goal. In this case, you suggest
giving ourselves to companies. I'll examine this first.
To give ourselves to companies, what exactly to do you mean by that? Is it to ignore everything we think on our own and buy useless material objects
to satisfy these "higher ups"? I seriously doubt that. There is a certain amount of brainwashing, but it is not instilled unto us by our parents, or
the government, but by advertising. You see it everywhere, in movies now "conveniently placed", to TV shows so riddled with ads that the majority of
the populus has retreated to TIVO to avoid it altogether.
as you know it is not as severe as you would think. How many shows have you watched or movies
that you have attended where the previews are no longer previews for upcoming movies, but tv commercials for shows or products? The next new audi
maybe? I can't tell you how many times I have cringed at the idea of seeing what I deperately try to avoid.
On to your second point, the government changing your lifestyle until you reach maturity. This IMO has nothing to do with government unless you are in
a Socialist or Dictative state. Social changes are inevitable, and expected. You do not listen to the same music that your grandparents do, you do not
act the same way. We are at all costs products of our environment. The people, places and things around us as we grow dictate who we will become. This
in conjunction with our parent's hopful guidance will leave us with a firm grasp of self, and an even more hopeful grasp of what we want our world to
be in the future, and a reason or motivation to make it happen.
On a similar note however, and quite contradictary, there are some elements of "brainwashing" mixed in with all of us, despite those of us who wish
to have nothing to do with them.
Example: I am an admitted atheist, yet I still use the terms "Jesus Christ" when I am frustrated, or "God Damn" when I am pissed. This is not
because I choose to believe in the meanings of these words, to me, they are just hollow citations given to a reaction of a particular situation.
However, they have been put into my forefront of vocabulary by environment, not willing purpose.
Times change us all, we shift our ideas, our social structures, and our morals to suit the situations given to us. Is there a global conspiracy that
threatens out very exsistance from the powers that be? I doubt it. Is there a growing pain in the butt that is societies unwillingness to help out
it's fellow man in favor of helping him/herself first? Undoubtably. It is this selfish nature and drive that is putting newer generations out of
I am 28, I grew up in a technological explosion. I have seen the birth of the internet, cell phones, and nintendo. Kids nowdays have less to worry
about than how many more text messages they can squeeze in this month. Socializing is down, way down. I spend as much of my time as possible just
inserting myself into random conversations, saying hello to people I have never met, nor will ever talk to again after that given moment. I leave
people laughing, or with a very deep stimulating conversation under their belt. I try to embrace the world around me, rather than shut it out. I for
all intensive purposes, am an unusual person.
Should we really think that the government is really going to shut us down completely, not really. I hate what this country has become, we are the
laughing stock of the planet, and we are letting it happen. The top dog is an idiot, how can that make you think that they are really controlling us
and every decision we make.
There have been numerous contributions to your theory though, but not so much as them controlling us for public behavior, but them trying to fool us
for their own greedy purpose.
The Patriot Act
is a great example. It is our subserviance that allows the dogs of war to be
unleashed, not thier "ultimate control" as you may see it. We broke off from our oppressers along time ago, and kicked their butt all the way across
the pond to defend our right to creativity, free speech, and free thought. Whether that has been lost in this country completely is unlikely, but only
time will tell exactly.
No one can tell you what you think, only you have the power to make your life what you truly want it to be, and what better country to let that