The average American worker is by far and large an alienated being. Even if the trappings are different, those with wealth can even be categorized as such. They are not exempt. And by far and large we don’t know who we are and what we are, we think we do but we don’t – take our established roles away from us and what remains? We are nothing. Strip us of our jobs, possessions, money, spouses, children and what is left of us? When our “roles”‘are abolished and we are left with just ourselves, we are lost, because we live for these roles. So in essence, when someone states that they know themselves, they are usually referring to the role they are acting out in society. But due to alienation this false self is often construed as the real self, and it is construed as such because there exists no other alternative to contrast to the supposed “real” self. This self that is believed to be real has been carefully manufactured since birth and bestowed upon us in the form of a “role,” which also is carefully manufactured. This is the very definition of alienation. Our true nature, a spiritual nature, is not compatible with the precepts of capitalism, which is anti-spiritual. Capitalism is comprised of things of this world, not the spirit. Thus we are shaped into molds that go against our true nature, which creates, and is one of the reasons, for the aforementioned alienation. A system that is constructed on exploiting the very worst qualities in us for its stable operation is, to say the least, not healthy nor conducive in bringing our true nature to the surface. It constantly has us in the worst state possible, as far away from ourselves as possible. Essentially it thrives on our alienation. Since everything is interrelated, it feeds into other constructs of society, one being religion. Religion, like its kin politics, is one of the major societal constructs in existence. Due to alienation one is led to religion. An alienated individual easily lapses into religion, as the purpose of this is to dispel the alienation and in exchange, obtain some kind of meaning to oneself. This process, in more known religious parlance, is the “I was lost but now I’m found,” paradigm. But with religion mainly being a societal construct, it does not provide a cure for this alienation. Rather it works to reinforce it, as for example, the Christian church in America is usually aligned with the state. As it is in agreement with the core principles of the state, it does very little to espouse upon one’s relation, spiritually, mentally and physically, to the state. This is due to a religious ignorance, as the church is quite content to contain itself to religious dogma, and if not religious then political. What then is the result? The result is a thoroughly confused individual, who has the belief of self awareness, but in reality their true selves have just been buried under mounds of religious dogma. It is just another false construct built by another state apparatus. The same can be applied to the political apparatus as well. As the tools of the system can and will be used against it to destroy it, the church, and religion in general is useful in this sense indeed. As for many, it is their first foray with the spiritual dimension. But the mistake is made when religion is taken as the whole, when it is really a hint, a mere shadow of the whole. To graduate form this construct, one has to be thoroughly deconstructed and restored (death and resurrection), which is a process undertaken during personal analysis. For the alienated whom seek more, it is an incredibly task to fall into this religious construct, and it is an even easier task to stay within it, believing themselves to no longer be alienated. But they are still alienated, just as much if they were not involved in religion. They are still alienated. They are still lost.