From an early age I remember being told to keep a low profile. Tow the line. Do not step out of line. Keep your opinions to yourself. There is a time and place for all that, now is not the time. Keep quiet. Do not speak out.
This advice as we can see would result in a world much like the world that Offred / June exists in.
We are complicit in our subservience.
In the Handmaids tale, those who stand up and fight for equality, against oppression are the ones hanging from the wall.
We get to the point where :
“You’ve got to get mad. You’ve got to say, ‘I’m a HUMAN BEING, God damn it! My life has VALUE!’,’I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!’ “ – Howard Beale, Network
Despite our better nature we are surrounded by misleading marketing, mysticism, superstition, pseudo-science and a warm theological reassurance that seems so pervasive in our society.
Even the mildest of people seem to think we must accept and be tolerant of those who wish to tell us that it is their right to do as they please, to torture animals, oppress the poor, use this product, it is their right to believe that you are inferior and must be controlled.
Tolerance of those who wish to shape our minds to follow blindly, is leaping away from individualism and into group-think and that is where we are most open to suggestion. Confidence trickery has and always will be used to convince us of anything.
To hear from religious leaders from organised religions who proclaim that we are each individuals and then to claim that being part of their faith offers you that individuality is simply hypocritical and nonsensical.
We see on a daily basis the divisive nature of people involved in organisations and religions who seek to control minds with their messages.