So like uhhh, I um heard the Taliban or whatever decided to ban music, again like they did in the 90s. Why do they hate fun so much? That got me thinking that fun-hating isn’t limited to loonies with rocket launchers. I have encountered many adults and coworkers who just hate seeing anyone enjoying themselves in any way, like the kind of person who would scowl at you if they saw you enjoying your meal or something.
What causes some people to hate fun? Why do they hate themselves so much and why can’t they live a little?
If you are enjoying your life (having fun) on your own, you are harder to control.
Authoritarians (political, religious, economic) choose to control sources of fun as a means to control you.
Categorizing fun things as bad/evil (even if they are harmless) within society creates guilt for those that conform to society. A feeling of guilt weakens you and makes you easier to control and keeps you busy trying to follow the rules.
Trivial rules, like those against fun things, generates more rule breakers which makes it easier to punish individuals. Easier to punish your opponents on vague moral charges than on actual crimes against society.