The Blind Race

The incapacity of the human mind to correlate all of its contents is, in my opinion, the world’s greatest act of mercy.

~H.P. Lovecraft

Yeah, from a selfish point of view, the best is to understand nothing about life, on the one hand – on the other hand, on a collective level, it is a catastrophe.

If you are capable of just having a pale ability of thought you live better, on one hand, that’s why I called it act of mercy, because reality can be pretty terrifying – at the same time, unfortunately, on the other hand it causes a sort of collective sleep (or, as Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772 – 1834) put it, a “willing suspension of disbelief”) – Coleridge suggested that if a writer could infuse a “human interest and a semblance of truth” into a fantastic tale, the reader would suspend judgment concerning the implausibility of the narrative – that is, they fall for it even if something is totally unlikely.

Cognitive estrangement in fiction (and mainly in politics and in any other field in which the crowds must be convinced) involves using a person’s ignorance or lack of knowledge to promote suspension of disbelief.

Unfortunately “the willing suspension of disbelief” leads to the sleep of reason – and the sleep of reason, as is well known, produces monsters – there are some, in particular that have the whole world under their thumb, in my view.  They don’t look like monsters – they are so pretty and persuasive, they are Pied Pipers, they play the entrancing music of the great deception – like in one of the most famous German tales “The Pied Piper of Hamelin”, a story set in a town infested by rats. A piper agreed to do the job and get rid of the mice and played his pipe to lure the rats into the Weser River, where they all drowned.


The Pipers have enchanted the world and very few people are able to escape this enchantment. These astute flute players, like Hamelin’s flutist, have convinced the mice to leave town and merrily head en masse to the livid and muddy waters of a river – to drown.

And cheerfully going to the muddy waters like the rats of the tale – we’re not forgetting anything, except one thing – we have left behind us the only thing that has allowed us human beings to coexist together and keep our ethological specificity so far: ETHICS.

I admit – this thought has taken more and more ground in my mind over the years.

How nice it would be if we only could get rid of all those pipers who happily perpetrated the Great Deception – that can be boiled down to just a few words:

“Hey you, whatcha doin’? Why do you stand there racking your brain? – nut up and no worries, unleash your appetite for material things and live without rules!”

That’s what today is all about: the satisfaction of desires is the highest good and final aim of human life.

Who the hell are these “Pied Pipers”? They are those who drool for money and power and with evil intentions, have reduced the complexity of human nature to the single dimension of hedonistic consumption and its incessant thirst – which is the one that suits their pockets best.

It didn’t happen overnight – It was a long, skillful and ambitious job, whose result is there for all to see. The West now is not very different from an army of regimented robots who are obedient and deaf to any reason.

Some things should make us think, shouldn’t they? If we used even a little reflection, we would immediately understand that the first excellent victim of the last 30-40 years was good sense – which should be “common” but it is not at all today. The expression Good Sense or Common Sense, – which is defined by Cambridge English Dictionary as “the basic level of practical knowledge and judgment that we all need to help us live in a reasonable and safe way” seems not to be part of our times anymore. It already seems like ancient history to us today.

The Pied Pipers and their obsessive refrain in the background ended up erasing in us the ability to reflect, to question ourselves, to know how to listen to the voice of conscience – and although happiness is (falsely) considered as an inalienable right of the individual, let’s face it, there’s really very little happiness around us today.

I don’t know what you think  – but as for me, I see a sort of confused despair that is growing around us which needs more and more “dizziness” in a way, to allow people to carry on.

Our Western society, so ready (falsely) to smooth out any difference, at the same time so terrified (hypocritically) of admitting that each of us has a black shadow in the heart, is a society that in my view hides a face of death and total nihilism, behind a fake do-goodism – and this face is nothing but a widespread belief that we humans are nothing more than matter. Matter that can be disposed of without any ethical qualms.

Anyone who disagrees and rises in defense of the mysterious complexity of our human life is ridiculed and accused of medieval obscurantism. A human being is no longer an end, but only a means and, as such, can be used in all possible ways.

Something is totally clear to me: the extreme brevity of our life – as well as it is clear that Pied Pipers do all they can to push this concept away from our minds.

I wondered countless times: “Oh, my gosh, all this unfathomable and incomprehensible immensity of which, though, we are aware, just for a single representation given to each of us and of such short duration?” Is everything just a coincidence, as Pied Pipers say?

And at that moment, I remembered a sentence: “If you are unhappy with the result, check the premises.” – I did, the premises were there and so it was that slowly the eternal got into my thoughts.

In my opinion, the now contracted and livid faces now hallucinated and dilated of the contemporary era stem to a large extent from the materialistic concept of life and its consequences and oblivion of the eternal.

I am convinced that emptying human beings of transcendent meaning and placing them only in a dimension of material utility means making them carry the weight of the world and drive them crazy. It is an act that contains a huge hubris.

How can you not feel trampled by unquenchable desires and overwhelmed by madness? If the purpose of all is just material and temporary it is like a huge stone tied to the wings of a butterfly – and we want the butterfly to fly gracefully and happily with that weight on???

The myth of science and technology that have become both subservient to the strongest, accompanies us in a psychotic delusion of omnipotence that has canceled the idea of ​​destiny built by ourselves for something bigger than ourselves and even that of death from our horizon.

They are leading us to a new Paganism – or we’ve already reached that point, I’m afraid. There is a huge pitch-black hole of Culture, of Thought, of Soul and this paved the way to the crazy theories that are raging in the world today and have been turned into truths to which it is mandatory to conform.

We have been domesticated, like sheeps and cows. We have been transformed into false, sick, forced, and deeply unhappy beasts. Individual freedom, food, health, family, society, politics, the economy have been brutally distorted while destroying the environment.

An exclusively materialistic concept of society and the efficiency at all costs have imposed “performance and money” as the only horizon to our lives and ridiculed pity, mercy, wisdom of the heart, balance, and even death, namely OUR HUMANITY.

Ladies and Gentlemen, they made us forget that a human being is a person by virtue of his own essence – the essence of the person is not acquired and is not lost along the span of one’s existence: either one has it or one does not have it; the essence of a person does not depend on qualities or functions; the essence of the person manifests itself in the life functions and intellect but is not reduced to them. They made us forget that we are much more than sentient beings. We have self-awareness, self-control, communication, curiosity, abstraction, dignity, awareness of time, relationality, the ability to understand ethics and morals, and a lot more. All this cannot be explained by the number of neurons or by the transmission of information between different neurons by crossing a synapse. Science or anyone else cannot explain the nature of AWARENESS. These things separate us from other ‘animal brothers’ ‘, – for at the end of the day, we are also animals but the difference between us and our “animal brothers” is much bigger than the entire Earth’s oceans.

That’s what Pied Pipers did – they want us to ignore our real nature – they are the singers of that deceptive ideology that denies any end or human transcendence – and that is leading us inevitably into the abyss of barbarism.

We’ve even given up representation – we have no one who really represents us, because politics has been reduced to a stale and predictable play, an inert and repetitive ritual that no one really believes anymore, not even its protagonists. Politics no longer decides anything, it no longer represents any real social dynamics, any concrete historical force. Behind this fiction, substantial interests are imposed without roots and without regard for anyone, in conflict with the most basic laws of civil harmony, in a game of power without rules, whose stake is the right to grab everything that can be hoarded, regardless of the ethical and social consequences. It is logical – if we, as human beings, are worthless, why should they consider us?


Massimo Scalzo
Massimo Scalzo
YOU MIGHT SAY that Massimo advises big and small companies, entrepreneurs and individuals on how to craft digital strategies that get tangible results from their tactics. Which is true. You might even agree with few german managers who called him “gute schlepper” (good tugboat in English) because of his inner strenght of pulling people toward visionary and positive goals. However, neither of these statements would be completely true. The truth is that from his childhood, Massimo was fed and watered to be someone who relates to people, is constructive, multilingual, loves the life and looks at the future. And the most amazing thing that came out of his attitude is the ability of conveying the same feeling to others For nearly twenty eight years he traveled and worked in management consulting in eight countries. His thoughts, notions, ideas, speaking engagements come from more than thirteen years as an entrepreneur and fourteen plus “on the road” for Touche & Ross, Deloitte and PricewaterHouse. On his path, he learned a great deal about customer-driven strategy and transformation, digital marketing and design thinking, working on behalf of a-z roster of clients, e.g. IBM, BMW, Frost & Sullivan, SAP, Oracle, Fiat, Salesforce, Accenture, OpenMinds and many other SMEs in several countries and industries. Massimo lives (as much as he can) in the greater Frankfurt area in Germany. He loves his two kids, Massimo and Amelka, more than anything else.

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