We may well be risen apes, rather than fallen angels, but just exactly how far have we risen, really?
Any crowd in just a potential rioting mob which has not as yet been whipped into a frenzy. He who first praises those who separate themselves from the rabble will later lynch those who differ with the herd instinct. At no point will either action, praise or lynching, involve any discernable thought process.
In this sense, the veneer of so called civilisation is very thin indeed.
For example, point out the person who readily accepts that one’s government is not and has rarely ever been a benevolent parental figure, that the government is not interested in one’s well being, or that one’s leaders may, for all intents and purposes, be as good as a gang of elected, or rather wrongly elected, terrorists, psychopaths who stop at nothing to steal elections, nd once having done so, who will operate in a way indistinguishable from any corrupt protection racket or other mafia-like organisation.
Point such a person out to me. I will have no trouble establishing immediately that such a person is part of a demographic so minute in number, making up maybe 15% of the mass of human beings, and I can prove that that same demographic is comprised of the rare exception to the rule of the entrenched, non rational belief systems which rule and run the the vast majority of risen apes.
Elections are a prime medium for demonstrating the verity of this reality. For instance, the myth of voter rationality is just that, a myth.
Imagine lemmings chatting about the pros and cons of going over a cliff before leaping as one.
That is about how likely most people are to use the Internet to track* the voting records of the candidates whom they “believe” that they freely “choose” to vote for as future leaders. Hell, try to get them to explain how most any candidate is different in any essential way than any other candidate and watch the way they will scramble to justify their own illogical “choices”. nary a protest when Kucinich or Paul is squeezed out of first the picture, literally, and then the race itself, all done seamlessly by a privately owned media corporation which functionally is first and last a propaganda machine. Who rationally votes for Clinton, even when she is openly aligned with most if not all of Bush’s, meaning Cheney’s, policies and when she refuses to take an oath to uphold the Constitution? Most do and most will. To watch this is rather like watching a child try to pick up a scorpion with one tiny bare hand.
On the other hand, point out the many who continue to try their best to religiously “believe” that governments are somehow inherently trustworthy, that corporations do not rule any and all political decision making, meaning those who “believe” in elected officialdom, those who will adamantly insist that to think otherwise is a sign that one is paranoid, conspiratorial, misguided, alarmist, just plain crazed, or all of the above.
Do so and only the few will invariably use logic and reason to demonstrate to the former why
– the latter drag us all down
– the majority rule determines our collective fate,
– the vast majority of most ordinary people in any pseudo democratic “con”struct, (meaning those who are incapable of withstanding the impact of the fear generated by gazing unflinchingly at any unvarnished truth),
… will and do, over and over again, take the 15% who are clear thinkers down with them into the dark reaches of imprisonment.
One of my pastimes is what I tend to see as the luxury of indulging in observation of human interaction, for example at public meetings.
Once one assiduously removes one’s own ego from the equation, once one sets aside personality, overcomes any tendency for projection, and commits to the process of genuine observation, the truth becomes inescapable.
What never ceases to amaze me, whenever I do observe this process, is the way in which most people tend to set aside the rational part of the brain, all the while convinced they are making perfect sense.
In psychology there is a wonderful term which serves as a cursory explanation for what it is that causes people to become incapable of dealing with the push and pull problem of duality, of contradictory information and conflicting evidence. What they do is stick by irrational beliefs. It happens every time.
The term to describe this is cognitive dissonance.
That is a fancy, high faluten word for what induces denial.
My first introductory post is meant only as an prelude, an appetizer, if you will.
Dinner is yet to arrive.
WILL THE 60% TO 75% DO THE NECESSARY WORK TO BECOME INFORMED?
THAT WOULD INVOLVE BEING RATIONAL, WHICH WOULD DEFEAT THE ENTIRE PURPOSE OF THE EXERCISE, TO KEEP PEOPLE ENTHRALLED TO PARTICIPATING IN A CULT OF PERSONALITY WHICH PASSES FOR BEING AN ELECTION, MEANWHILE CONVINCING THEM TO IGNORE THE TRUTH AT ULTIMTE COST TO THEMSELVES.
THIS IS WHY MY FIRST WORDPRESS BLOG IS ENTITLED:
“MILITATING AGAINST ONE’S OWN WELL BEING”