As societies become hollowed out, with empty echoes of patriotism ringing out, they increasingly resemble boxes. The only thing inside however is a giant, brutal mechanical hand. There is nothing else apart from it. And it’s only function is to pull the lid shut if anyone ever dares to tear it open and shed light into the box. If successful, they will see the immorality, the lies, the hypocrisies. The social control based on the subversion of life, liberty and happiness
Whether it was whipping up mass fear in the US about the bogeyman of communism or selling the ‘American Dream’ of happiness through consuming goods, Bernays and the advertising industry, which took its cue from him, were able to marry misery and happiness together – if you do not buy into consumer capitalism, the alternative will be misery; if you do not buy this or that product, life will be terrible;
To examine happiness through consumption, our prime example is adoption. It has it all – pathos, misery, abject poverty, abandonment, betrayal, lack of privilege, stigma and all can be cured for adoptees through adoption. We just need to be removed from our incapable mothers or rescued from the orphanage or the gutter, removed from the orphan crisis numbers and all will be happiness, success, god’s will and good deeds. The more we are put in the box, categorised, infantilised, the more we are commodified for the market.
The outcome for adopters and those who support the unicorns and rainbows idea of adoption is naturally complete and utter happiness, satisfaction and idealised consumption. For adoptees not so much and more of the misery. Possibly in direct proportion to each other – the more blinkered happiness, the more misery. We see it time and time again, so no guess work involved, no speculation or deduction, blind illusion due to anger and bitterness!
How easy it is in adoption to subvert the truth, to pretend, to lie, cheat, fake, counterfeit in order to present a ‘great’ product or at least an acceptable, saleable one which will appeal to the market. Those of us who follow the ‘beauty of adoption’ will be aware of the many ways in which orphanages, say, in Russia, say, present ‘orphans’ scrubbed and dressed for photographs so that they will be appealing to the market. How photographs of ‘orphans’ circulate because they are appealing and often are not of the children ‘on sale’. How ‘orphans’ who have disabilities are marketed to appeal to the target group and how collusions occur which circumvent and bend laws, because it is deemed to be in the best interests of the children, the future adoptees.
What is in the best interests of children is the truth and honest committed attempts to keep biological family units together, in their own countries where they receive the things we all have a right to – a roof over our heads, clean water, wholesome food, education and a way to make a living.