The 19th century saw the rise of two related phenomena – a global imperialist network dominated by the West and existentialist philosophy. This philosophy was taken for THE modern problem, and psychoanalysis developed soon after to solve the problem.
Nietzsche and Freud were the two great servants of the Western ruling class – one to invent a grand reason for existential despair (the Death of God) and the second to invent a perpetual machine to keep Westerners focused on themselves and not on the world they are in the process of destroying.
The point of psychoanalysis is not to work or to cure, but to act as a shower, washing neurotic dirt off the body (real or perceived, it hardly matters) which due to the corrupt West simply piles up again. Psychoanalysis is a game.
The neurotic perpetually seeks to “cure himself” – the most successful neurotic turns inward to such an extent that the outside world barely exists at all – hence the rise in asceticism in the West.
Existentialism has been ridiculously profitable for Western capitalists – it’s progress enabled Western corporations to run rampant over the world, gaining great power and wealth.
The point of Existentialism is not to *describe* Western culture as meaningless, but to *invent* Western culture as meaningless – to will that the world as dominated by that culture be meaningless. Existentialism didn’t describe a world in despair but created a world in despair, to depress it’s victims (who believe themselves *enlightened*!) and make sure they wouldn’t stand in the way of world domination by global capital.
We now live in existentialism’s aftermath. A corporate totalitarian nightmare.