- Sep 15, 2019
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- Scotland, UK
As to paranoia, there is the saying that: just because you are paranoid, doesn't mean to say they are not out to get you. (I use "you" in the general sense here.) As to myself, my paranoia was not diagnosed, it was relatively mild, and I doubt it would have been picked up by psychologists/psychiatrists. I only knew I had been paranoid after it disappeared. I suspect that there is a lot more undiagnosed paranoia around than people might suppose.More accurately, paranoiacs 'believe' that some authority is watching them. Even if they may have no real grounds for this fear.
I have a nephew who keeps his mobile phone in the microwave at night as he thinks 'The Man' is listening in to his conversations. He hasn't a shred of evidence for this.
I feel sorry about your nephew. What age is he?
As to there being no evidence about being surveilled, I would suggest you take a look around you. Observe the cctv cameras in town centres and roadsides etc, etc. (And I mean, try and detach yourself and just observe how and when you are being watched i.e. do not complicate the issue with justifications. Simply observe how and when you are being watched.) Observe that your computer is transmitting all sorts of information about you to web-site owners e.g. google. Ok, this is not called "surveillance", it is given a more benign sounding name by business so as to induce its acceptance by the public, but it is still surveillance. (Do you remember the outcry maybe 15 years ago when google started to use live cameras to film streets and town centres? It was rightly, I think, considered an invasion of privacy, this google surveillance.) Kindle too. When using Kindle (and other such devices), they too gather and send information about your reading habits to Kindle i.e. Kindle users are surveilled. When one uses email, this too is surveilled. I believe that records of mobile phone use are also kept for police access. So, mobile phone companies use surveillance. Smart meters are used to surveille a person's energy use. In schools these days, children are required to provide reports to certain teachers e.g. guidance teachers and inspectors, on their peers as well as their teachers. Guidance teachers today are party to all sorts of "confidential" information such that when I was a teacher, one never knew what they secretly found out about me or other teachers through the children. My boss surveilled me. He kept unofficial files on each of his staff to be used to intimidate them as he saw fit. The tv licencing authority surveilles citizens' ownership/useage of tv. Then there are the police invitations to grass on other citizens The list goes on and on...………………. In fact, digital technology is a godsend to government/business snoopers.
I would not use the word "noble", here. My reasons are purely practical. For example, I believe that the detrimental psychological consequences to people of being surveilled are off the scale, so to speak. This, I suggest, is why mental health problems are going from bad to worse in this country. (This, I also suggest, may be one reason for your nephew's unhealthy behaviour.) There is clearly something very, very wrong here.I am interested in why you think it is noble to protect wrong doers from the law.
Also, if one believes, as I do, that we live in a very oppressive society, then why on earth should I inflame the situation by reporting on my fellow citizens? This would only play into the hands of the powers that be. That is, by dividing, they conquer. This an age old technique used by those in power to turn people against each other so that they become easier to control. Hence the destruction - or near destruction - of the unions by Thatcher in the 80s.
I think you underestimate, or are unaware of, the extremely harmful psychological consequences to people of the threat of being grassed on. I mean, are you seriously suggesting to me that a healthy society is one in which threats are routinely issued to all and sundry by the powers that be? Are you seriously suggesting that being under constant threat and fear of wrong-doing is NOT going to damage people's mental health?Very few people would bother reporting someone smoking in a bus shelter, even it it annoyed them.