Am I crazy? Because it seems to me like there is now a system in place that has a lot invested in you not trying to improve your life. They don’t want you out in the streets, setting cars on fire and demanding the heads of bankers. They don’t want you knocking down the gates of the white house and demanding a refund on your taxes, or an end to the wars. They don’t want you going off the grid and learning how to make your own clothes and weapons. They don’t want you running for office.
So, we turn on the TV and see mass riots in the Middle East or the inner city, and see the cops swoop down in their tanks and tactical vests. We’re shocked at the sight of a system trying to pacify its population by force, but our response to that fear is to shake our head and retweet a hashtag, while motionless, on the sofa. Not realizing how much more easily we allowed ourselves to be pacified."
— Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves (via easymomentsandobsession)