- Grazyna Meller
To what extent does an individual represent his own consciousness in a world of mental slavery imposed by media and governments?
In the books depicting future anti-utopias like "1984" by George Orwell and "Clockwork Orange" by Antony Burgess we observe the effects of the human mind manipulation. But even in the present world, we can notice actions that inevitably lead towards manipulation of our mind (propaganda, adds, governmental actions).
The question is whether existence in the psychological sense is “to be” or “to think” (the Descartes school)? How can we direct our self-consciousness? To what extent are we aware of ourselves, our motivation, actions and thoughts and in what ways is our mind controlled? How can we distinguish between self-consciousness and mental slavery and which actions can lead towards the last one? And finally, in what ways can we become more self-aware?