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    Quote Originally Posted by luka View Post
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    How do you intend to understand it without understanding what birthed it? The whole debate is dependent upon the past and things that already happened.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baboon2004 View Post
    Well exactly, and this is where the term 'magical thinking' is merited. The idea of a clean break with Europe is just that. It's all symbolic, and thats the problem - we are in a country obsessedwith symbolism since Empire, since symbolism is what sustained that idea of Great Britain while the reality was most peoples lives were shit. Its repetition compulsion, except the world has changed and Britain is no longer very relevant.
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    Brexit is nothing if not a nation trapped by its own image.
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    A delusional country. Perhaps any country that once led the world is doomed to spend history trying to restore that state of affairs in ever more pathetic ways, unless it can genuinely cast off its past (as with China, for example, though that happened over a very long period of course)?

    And paralysis may be part of that, as it delays the onset of reality.

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    That monologue at the end of Metal Gear Solid 2 becomes more prescient by the day. The one about everything stagnating once everyone can wall themselves off from reality and hang onto their own truths. Kind of ridiculous that a PlayStation game from 2001 was so on the money.

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    We're evolutionary creatures. Naturally attracted to activities that progress us at large, less attracted to that which progress us individually, and even less to that which progresses us individually at the cost of others. Exceptions aren't hard to come by of course. But maybe there's an idea growing somewhere in our intersubjective subconscious that we're starting to see the limits of how far we can progress as a race.

    Our addiction to economic growth is starting to look more and more like an unsustainable one. No land to explore or fertilize, nothing left to conquer from nature without dooming our planet further. The contradictions of technological advances becoming more and more apparant with each mention of social media mental health or spying iphones that undermine freedom and democracy.

    This has cultural implications. Tribalistic behavior maybe? If the only frontier left is taking from the next man, then it would seem natural to start reverting back to a more localized empathetic capacity. Increaing protectionism maybe? More people stopping to say, well what's the point then?

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