Maxims, rules of thumb and other observations on human cognition and sociocultural affectations

This will be added to on an irregular basis...
  • What is said to humans directly is received with skepticism and considered with dubiousness while that which is heard in passing, especially that which most conforms to their mentality or prejudices, is readily believed.
  • Humans have a certain cognitive latency between exposure to new information or experiences and the ability to think dispassionately and intellectually about it.
  • Humans have a certain cognitive spectrum starting with the moment of exposure to new information or experiences and ending with some point at which the thing is effectively "in the past" for them.
  • This cognitive spectrum is linked to the emotional process often referred to as shock, anger, denial and acceptance.
  • The more and faster information or experiences are presented to people and the closer the quarters and the lesser the distance between people, the more their early reactions in the passionate emotional stage are reflected back to them in the manner of responses to those reactions from others in light of those responses.
  • The more outrages which are suffered without sufficient time to allow emotional bleed-off, the farther the bar for subsequent reaction and outrage are pushed, and the more further events must progress before reaction and outrage.
  • It is possible for serious detriments to eventually sit below this threshold for long enough for their damaging effects to build and multiply until their entire society undergoes some reactive convulsion.
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Thursday, December 06, 2007

Strip Clubs Try To Block State's $5 Charge - Houston News Story - KPRC Houston

 

Since taxing tobacco growers, distributors, and product manufacturers was so effective as a socially acceptable method of extortion, let's keep the ball rolling, right?

I love the morally clueless and totally openly avaricious nature of this line:

"I didn't hear from them then," she said. "If this money gets held up, it's very detrimental to what we're trying to do."

Because as we all know, the righteousness of your idea trumps the wrongness of using the police powers of the state to sack other people to pay for it.

Oh wait, they call that "The Ends Justify The Means" theory and it is universally held as morally repugnant. Well, universally as in everywhere outside of the spiritual space beyond the event horizon of politics.

Who is the bigger sinner? The stripper who merely shares the sight of her nude body or the crusader who uses the state to steal what doesn't belong to them and wasn't given freely based on the holy effrontery that their ideas are sacrosanct and beyond questioning and by doing so paints the common man as too stupid to be able to see it right or wrong for themselves, and those who promote the idea as being too holy to question.

Oh yes, you're using the money for "sexual assault prevention"... which will be done in what more effective way than the totally ineffective ways you've already failed at so far in your attempts at lying to the people that you're going to save them from themselves and secondly that they even need it, and thirdly that they need it from you?

Oh yes of course, there's the health care for the uninsured which already ostensibly exists and doesn't work either.

As I've said repeatedly people, the reason it doesn't work is not because of opposition and intransigence, and not because of a faulty premise and plan: IT IS BECAUSE THEY WERE NEVER TRYING TO SAVE YOU FROM YOURSELVES, GIVE YOU HEALTH CARE, PROP YOU UP ABOVE DESTITUTION WITH WELFARE, SAVE YOU FROM SEXUAL ABUSE, OR ANY OTHER SUCH THING.

What were they doing? Getting more power over you. One bit of power over you after another until neither you nor anyone else can remember ever not being under someone else's thumb. Until you work for the state, are owned by the state, and are circumscribed in all things by the state.

If you think that I fault only liberals... NO, I FAULT YOU. YOU for letting liberals do it, then conservatives, then independents, and all the others in turn, and you did it because they bribed you with promises that they never fucking delivered. You sold out yourselves and your descendants with not even thirty pieces of silver to show for it. HOW FUCKING STUPID ARE YOU???

All because they promised to screw someone else over more than you. Because they promised that those others being screwed would translate to more in your pockets, your hands. Because you believed lies that a five year old can see through. Because you believed in darkness and doubt. Because you believed them when they sold the world to you as a zero sum game. Because you believed that there was no hope. Because you believed it was expedient. Because you believed in them, obvious liars and charlatans, more than you believed in yourself, your spouse, your mate, your kids, your anything...

It is you the common person who has let this happen and you the common person who has sold us out. If you want a traitor in our midst, an anti-Christ, a Judas, a Satan, GO LOOK IN THE MIRROR. They are staring right back at you.

Sadly, so too is the messiah and sadder still is that all you see is the former and not the latter and you comfort yourself with the lie that you could not have done better when all you had to do was choose to.

That's why the age of moshiach is not in the offing. Salvation isn't predicated on need, it's predicated on ability to say enough is enough and choose differently. If you will not even in your heads and hearts do that much, just say no to yourself, then you are lost. We all are.

I plan to keep on believing somehow some way something I say will spark something in someone and they will say something that sparks a thing in someone else as it was in me when someone before said something that made a spark in me.

I plan to continue like Malcolm Reynolds. I plan to misbehave. I plan to continue like George Bernard Shaw. I plan on being the unreasonable man. I plan to continue like the Maccabees. I plan to revolt. I plan to continue like Popeye the Sailor Man. I plan to not stands no more. I plan to continue like the guy on the corner with the sign that says the world is coming to an end. I plan to tell you when shit is wrong.

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