Repression: the psychological attempt by an individual to repel one’s own desires and impulses towards pleasurable instincts by excluding the desire from one’s consciousness and holding or subduing it in the unconscious.
In the society we live in, repression has become commonplace through a meticulous process of conditioning individuals to fear disapproval and malicious reactions from others at a very young age, especially upon interacting with authority figures for fear of punishment. Social norms are ingrained into our psyches and constantly reinforced so that we may be at the mercy of our external circumstances in society, which are controlled by various authority figures. As one continues to repress their lives away, psychological decay begins to manifest itself in what can be observed in our progressively neurotic lifestyles. To repress one’s desires and behaviors is to consent to a lifestyle of oppression. This is the beginning of all anxiety and confusion. The term “depression” can be used here as an overarching description for the mind and body severed from itself.
We must realize that the convenient approval of remaining artificial is not worth the agony that repression entails. So long as we withhold honesty from ourselves and others, we sabotage any possibility of progressing as individuals and as a collective of people. Repression denies us the knowledge of experience, thus we gather no wisdom. Repression is the result of regarding the various enforced social constructs as Reality, to view a limited set of options as the only options, when we can in fact create our own. This is how one becomes a victim of oneself…because the chains you reside in, while they may have initially been placed on you by others, can be undone at any point in one’s initiative to apply critical thought. To submit to those who seek to oppress us, to train oneself in the art of repression, is to obscure our purpose in life. To surrender the fundamental will that compels our very existence is to live as though we are dead.
So how does one begin living authentically? We begin by amplifying the degrees in which we are honest with ourselves and others. At first, those consenting to lifestyles of repression will be confused by your initiative. They will either regard your behavior as a relief and eagerly join you, or they will recognize you as a threat because your initiative has forced them to self reflect, and rather than loathe who they are and what they’ve become, they flee to an environment where they may continue cultivating their denial. You are capable of expressing yourself freely, you must simply recognize that you are the entirety of the security you require. With this understanding, you will cease remaining at the mercy of your peers. In time, your honesty and initiative will build a far more authentic environment for yourself and those that this new behavior has attracted.
This skin is not a barrier
but an invitation to blend
the illusion of our separation…
Contemplate and become
Perceive that we are one
Reveal the psychosis of division
mend the incision
that cultivates hate
We are alike in ways that our differences could never stand against.