Lecture 12-"Culture and Mass Delusions".
I propose a thought that spans far and wide, to what end, it is socially uncertain and only visible by looking at it with an unbiased mind.
Let's start with delusion #1:
The witch trials of 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts were the most delusional of all, because of the death toll accounted by that hysteria. In fact, over 300 years of such trials occurred in Europe.
In 1897, the "lighted balloons" sightings happened whilst Thomas Edison was experimenting with light properties.
Then there was the "Airship hoax" in New England in 1909, where the sightings were of solid (heavy) materials constituting the airship descriptions made by people observing the skys.
Now, 1938 was the greatest delusion due to the radio broadcast of "The War of the Worlds". People were terrified about the "invasion".
Next, McCarthyism stated clearly that a list of people in the USA were Communists during the 1950's. Here, like the witch trials, any accusation was indicative of guilt, outright.
Much later, the "Pokemon" episode #38, called "Computer Warrior Polygon" aired in Japan at 6:30 PM during 1997. The episode had very strobe-like flashings that invoked a "photosensitive epilepsy" in children watching the episode. This causes a psychogenic anxiety in some children causing seizures. It was spread by more episodes generated by news reports; yet no proof exists that can verify the link.
Finally, there are Urban Legends which obviously produce delusions of UFO,s, Sasquatch and crocodiles in the sewer systems.
An added feature of delusion is the "sick building syndrome" where longtime residents complain of illness "caused by the building" they are living in.
Let's remember the silicone breast implant illness. Yet, again, no proof exists.
Just to put the cherry on top; the 2nd Chakra "seeks to express itself through creativity".
Quote: "We all have generative and degenerative forces within ourselves".
The REAL question is: "How can we, as a species, determine the DIFFERENCE between mass delusion at every level of Society and the so-called environmental dogma of Religion, Politics and Common Urban events that plague our everyday lives???"
What is real to one is not neccessarily real to another.