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By Angélica O’Farrel
Young children are particularly interesting because they are convinced they’re the center of the universe. They assume that absolutely all human beings live to satisfy their needs and desires while the adults around them seem to confirm this by treating them with special attention and fascination.
As we grow up, we mature and understand that we are not the most important thing; that our emotions don’t rule the world and that all other people are engrossed in their own lives, worries and concerns. This is a crucial process because it allows us to turn to see the needs of others, to become responsible for our future and to understand that we are not holders of the truth, but seekers of it. And, only then, we are really able to stop being victims of circumstances and take charge of our lives. If we do not live this process, we cannot be truly free.
If, at 10 years of age, a child still believed that he was the center of the universe, he would probably run out of friends. His narcissism would generate rejection and, if not properly directed, he would believe that everyone else is wrong, that there is nothing wrong with him.
If he turned 15, opened his Instagram account and was filled with messages along the lines of “don’t care what others say,” “you are enough,” or “this is who you are and you shouldn’t have to change it,” the problem would get bigger and bigger. He would be reaffirmed that his immaturity is part of his essence and he would have no reason to give it up. He would live in a bubble of self-centeredness during his adolescence.
If something didn’t happen that would allow him to mature his understanding of reality, he would become an adult like those that unfortunately abound in 2021. We are living in the dream of any dictatorship: to have uneducated citizens who believe that everything revolves around their navels, who are satisfied with bread and circuses and feel that the most transcendental thing they can do with their time is to upload a video to TikTok and have it go viral.
And, the more absurd the content, of course, the more likely it is to go viral. Therefore, they believe in staying on the level of absurdity.
The infantilized generation
We can attribute this widespread “Peter Pan syndrome” to the perverse actions of some media and governments. For the infantilization of the population to occur and benefit a few, in addition to preserving them in their egocentric state, it is necessary to make this group believe that living with an immature view of reality is “cool”, is okay and does no harm to anyone.
Then, the government can more easily become that “paternal state” that supposedly looks out for the welfare of their children while they watch cartoons without questioning reality.
A year ago, when the COVID-19 pandemic started, the Mexican Government had no better idea than to design a caricature which it called “Susana Distancia”, because of course, it is necessary to keep the discourse infantilized.
It is worth mentioning that it was not created for children, but for the general population. Could it be that our intellectual level does not allow us to understand it in any other way? No first world country used strategies of this type. We have become accustomed to being talked to as if we were 12 years old, and that it is normal to behave as if we were.
In the infantilized society, nobody questions, they only obey because they have the “freedom” to play what they like. And if anyone dares to question, they are branded as “hate speech,” punished and sent to “the thinking chair.” It’s a bit like that land Pinocchio was taken to in the Disney movie, where no one needed to think, they just gave free rein to their instincts, but suddenly they were all turned into donkeys and forced to live like donkeys.
I remember once, when I was about seven years old, I was playing with a schoolmate. She began to tell me that it snowed in her house, that the snow reached up to the sun, and yet, it was warm enough for the children to play in the snow without being cold. This was, of course, a fantasy for a child of her age, because in that city it didn’t even snow. Not to get into a conflict, I remember telling her, “wooow, how amazing,” without questioning her idea, and then we continued playing as if nothing had happened. The thing is, as I said, we were seven years old.
The problem is that in infantilized society all adults believe that their fantasies are real and feel entitled to force (even legally) others to believe them as well. The whole gender craze has arisen precisely because of this stubborn idea that “if I believe it, it’s true, because I own the truth” and that is above what scientific evidence has to say.
And, in the meantime, some very clever, very powerful and not at all infantilized people take absolute control of the planet’s resources and political scenarios. They make us believe, then, that we are choosing lifestyles that, in reality, are being imposed through role models.
For example, celebrities pretend to look rebellious and brave by showing a green scarf when, in reality, it is a matter financed from international organizations. For the infantilized citizen, seeing Mon Laferte with her green scarf is a symbol of rebelliousness and empathy, that which marks the path to follow in order to live with certain transcendence in a century where sense has been lost.
Is there a way out of this infantilized society? An awakening is needed, a turning to see the other. As generally happens to children when they grow up. A realization that being a victim is comfortable, but not very profitable in the long run. And, ultimately, to expose the agencies that are taking advantage of our being in this kind of nursery nap.
Angelica Benítez O’Farrel is Mexican and Youth Outreach director of the Binational Pro-Family and Pro-Life League. She has an MBA in Marketing