The Symptoms of Mental Slavery

Written by
Garrett Dailey

The Symptoms of Mental Slavery

Written by
Garrett Dailey

The Symptoms of Mental Slavery

Written by
Garrett Dailey

Today we’re going to be taking a look at the nature of mental slavery, which probably impacts everyone to some degree and probably impacts most people significantly.

Here are some indications that you or a loved one may have mesotheli… er, be mentally enslaved:

  • There are questions you are afraid to ask
  • There are questions someone told you that you are not allowed to ask
  • You’ve accepted the answer “that’s just the way it is” or “we’ve always done it like that”
  • You restrain yourself from trying to spare someone’s feelings
  • You engage in self-censorship
  • You care more about what you think other people think than what you actually believe
  • You engage in dualistic thinking where the other guys are obviously the bad guy
  • You have never seriously questioned your: parents/government/religion/boss/guru
  • Your idea of success is doing what is expected of you
  • You think being rich is the same thing as being successful
  • You think that believing a certain thing is enough to make you a good person
  • You implicitly trust companies, the media, and the educational system
  • You think that chronic illness is normal and taking pills is a good solution
  • You cured your naïveté by reading a book and now that defines your identity
  • Your belief system gives you cookie cutter answers to respond to situations with
  • An independent observer could predict your political beliefs from a short interaction
  • You support a political party
  • You think politics is a meaningful thing to spend your time observing
  • You’ve used the “lesser of two evils” as a justification for your actions
  • You’ve never been ostracized for something you believe in
  • You moderate your opinions to fit the group
  • You do not trust your own judgement so you look for someone else to lead you


And, most importantly-

  • You think this list does not apply to you and you’ve never done any of that

The first thing you have to understand is that the nature of our modern world and culture itself causes us to tend towards doing this stuff. There’s nothing wrong with having done these sorts of things because everyone is guilty of them, and everyone is guilty of them because we’re ignorant to the way things actually work.

If you grew up on a farm in the middle of nowhere and you were raised by a cult, well, duh, you’re going to believe a lot of dumb shit. In the same sense, if the entire culture is sick and riddled with ignorance, it’s no great shock that you’re going to grow up ignorant.

It’s not about where you came from, it’s about where you’re going. If you read this list and say, “well shit, that’s me,” then you’re well on your way to growing and freeing yourself and your mind from the people that make their living keeping you enslaved.

Here’s the really screwed up part of it all-

The people who benefit from the system the most are also victims of it. That kid that wanted to be an artist but his parents were super strict and forced him to go to some ivy league school because “that’s the family tradition” and “that’s what we’ve done for 150 years?”

That kid is now a politician or lawyer or some other warden of the culture that believes that the point of life is to subordinate to some external authority, and now they’re going to try and do that to you, because they didn’t want to do it but they rationalized it away like they chose it later, because they’re afraid of going against what was expected of them.

Welcome to modernity.

This isn’t limited to politicians, either, this is everybody to some degree. If you have a concept of who you’re supposed to be that isn’t something you thought about and came up with based on self-analysis, you’re subordinating to someone else’s expectations of you.

That’s no way to live your life.

Ask the hard questions- nothing and no one is ever above suspicion, even me. While I appreciate your reading this, you need to also consider that everything I have ever said might be wrong, and until you take this attitude to everything in life, you will be manipulated and enslaved mentally, oftentimes by yourself.

Be better than that. Question everything- it’s hard, and it will get worse before it gets better, but you will be free, and isn’t that enough?

“Answer no master, never the slave.”