I have found that the need to assume that the
ruling capitalist class is benevolent is the chief reason for
denying the reality of the abuses of capitalism. The proletariat
feels that they cannot survive without their capitalist rulers; they
need to believe that someone is shielding them from evil,
starvation and death — that they are living in an ordered
universe presided over by a benevolent god. It is hard
for the proletariat to maintain any joy or much sense
of purpose in the face of feeling exploited and abused.
The proletariat’s craving for denial is an obstacle to revolution!
December 16, 19–
Paraphrases from Soul Murder Revisited: Thoughts about Therapy, Hate, Love and Memory by Leonard Shengold.