Culture is not your friend.
Culture is for other people’s convenience and the convenience of various institutions: churches, companies, tax collection schemes …
It is not your friend.
It insults you.
It disempowers you.
It uses and abuses you.
None of us are well-treated by culture.
The culture is a perversion. It fetishizes objects, creates consumer mania, it preaches endless forms of false happiness, endless forms of false understanding and a form of swirly religions and silly cults.
It invites people to diminish themselves and de-humanize themselves by behaving like machines.
— Terence McKenna