16 Dec 2018
“In the year 2016 there was a sense that people were losing their minds… and no one knew why… until now.”
If you haven’t seen BrainDead yet, you really must. It’s a brilliant allegory for the insanity of contemporary politics. The hidden message? While engaged in political warfare, remember to enjoy life. Eat, drink, and be merry, y’all… before you lose your minds!
The story: An evil alien force is infecting people’s brains… causing them to be so obsessed with politics that they are pushed to extremes. And the only way to fight off the infection, is to force yourself to stop thinking so much and do something to increase your dopamine.
It’s written as a comedy, yet is tragic at the same time… because the ridiculous things that happen on the show are also actually happening in real life. Aliens may not be hijacking our brains, but viral campaigns that trigger and gamify our dopamine receptors certainly do affect the way we think and behave.
Personally, I can’t bring myself to completely step away from politics. The Culture War is real and I can’t ignore it. At the same time, I really don’t want to lose myself… I don’t want to forget who I am… I don’t want to lose my perspective… and I don’t want to end up losing the very things I’m fighting to preserve.
And so I’m really glad I watched this show. It forced me into self-reflection and helped me realize that if I don’t want to lose my mind… if I don’t want to lose touch with what keeps my heart and soul alive… I can’t let politics become an all-pervasive part of my life.
Moreover, I’ve learned that seeking a dopamine fix in more life affirming activities — such as, eating more chocolate, drinking more wine, getting more sunshine, sharing more hugs, listening and dancing to more music, baking, and hitting the gym — not only boosts my immunity to political obsession, but also feels so good, in the here and now.