the opiate of the masses

the opiate of the masses

That which creates a feeling of false happiness, contentment, or numbness to reality. Adapted from Karl Marx's description of organized religion. But all of this superstition is of course just the opiate of the masses, designed to make you feel better about the chaos of the world and the fear of death, while remaining in service to an organization that directly benefits from your financial contributions. All of these pieces of technology, these video games, these television shows, they are all the opiate of the masses, keeping us blind and numb to the machinations of the corporations and politicians that control everything.
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When Karl Marx described religion as the opiate of the masses, could he have possibly foreseen this mishmash of categories?
It is said that the most famous aphorism about religion was Karl Marx's "religion is the opiate of the masses.
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Marx thought that religion was the opiate of the masses, but Soloveitchik argues that, on the contrary, this business of living out a faith is complex and arduous: "The pangs of searching and groping, the tortures of spiritual crises and exhausting treks of the soul purify and sanctify man, cleanse his thoughts, and purge them of the husks of superficiality and the dross of vulgarity.
Religion, Karl Marx famously wrote, is the opiate of the masses.
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