There is much angst over the activities in a detention centre in Darwin which the usual suspects are trying to explain the apparently inexplicable. They seem not to realise that this state of affairs is the outcome of their much favoured welfare state policy; the utopian ideal of socialism.
The whole purpose of life, believe it or not, is to stay alive by hunting, fishing and gathering if part of a tribal nomadic group, or working at a job to put bread on the table if one lives in a society based on the division of labour. And these activities take most of the daylight hours. Except when the welfare state exists and then people have no further need to do anything to stay alive, since the state, or government, relieves them of the need to forage for food etc. Relieved of this necessity, and unless a vocation exists, most youth and adults will tend to relieve their boredoom by either breeding, the only creative act left, or by making mischief, or by escaping via chemical stimulations, aka drugs and the addiction therefrom.
The result of such a social system, the Socialist State, combined with an increasing population, is a growing youth cohort that has basically nothing to do, since staying alive is mitigated by the welfare state.
So what do unemployed youths do in such a social system? Make mischief. As they do. As they have always done when relieved of the necessity of staying alive.
And as the Darwin detention centre seemed to suggest, race has little or nothing to do with it either; white or black, brindle or brown, bored youths inevitably make mischief. The problem with our aboriginal peoples is that it was only some 150 years ago that they still existed as nomadic hunter-gatherers living at the subsistence level and fully occupied in the task of staying alive. Subsistence economies can’t accumulate wealth either, so in such systems no one, apart from the very young and very old, can afford to be idle.
And to then expect them to then easily transition to an industralised society, based on the division of labour, while at the same time taking care of their urgent material needs of staying alive, via the modern welfare state, will not lead to some materialist utopia, but to dysfunctional boredom, with all that state implies as a consequence of the assumptions of the socialist, or utopian, system.
Our problem is not black or white mischievious youth, but simply mischievious youth not having anything to do in the irresponsible socialist system we deem necessary.
However in a capitalistic system where everyone is responsilble for themselves, no one has the time to become bored and thus to make mischief. Of course some will organise themselves into gangs and via the threat of violence, stay alive by stealing from the rest. Such gangs end up growing in overwhelming numbers to become governments where violence became institutionalised, and survival, more or less, guaranteed. But the rest of us, being self responsible, are totally pre-occupied with the activity of staying alive by either hunting and gathering, or producing some thing to exchange in the market place, or living off our savings.
But we do live in a socialist or quasi-socialist system and welfare state, relieving us of the necessity of staying alive. What do non-productive people not in work then do with their daylight hours? Either working at a hobby or vocation to pass the time, in lieu of foraging for food, or by mitigating boredom by trying out some novel activity in an attempt to escape from the boredom of freedom of not having to stay alive by hunting, gathering or producing; such are the demands of the socialist welfare state.
So the bored are led to drug addition, both physical and metaphysical. The physical involves chemicals of various formulae; the latter involving the habituation of one or other mind-patterns known as religion or ideology, the difference being essentially rhetorical.
And all of these escapes, whether drugs, religions or ideologies, are constructs of the ego which is formed from the process of thinking.
If I stop thinking physical reality does not disappear; after all when I fall asleep, the bed on which I rest does not disappear, does it? And when I wake up the following morning, so does my ego which is the sum of my memories etched into my brain from previous repetitive thinking.
So if you want to figure it out, simply start observing yourself thinking; by observing one’s thoughts in a detached sense, you might then discover something. Direct willpower will not get it, nor will any, so-called, religious activity such as prayer, ohmming, or other repetitive thoughts. Will is the application of thought to a problem.
So you need to understand thought and how you think, because the whole world view you have is a product of the total thinking of everyone, to which you then add a personal perspective.
So you can free yourself from it by not thinking; But you can’t escape it by thinking.
After all, that’s what most of us do when asleep.