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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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

1% of American Adults Are Prisoners of the State

Of that,

  • 1 in 15 black adults is in jail
  • 1 in 9 black men aged 20-34 are in jail
  • 1 in 100 black women aged 35-39 are in jail

On the one hand you have a liberal white elite who feel free to speak for African-Americans, disavow any moralists among them, discount structural deformations in the African-American subsection of society, and make excuses for every manner of bad behavior by black criminals which does nothing so well as further victimize those criminals' victims further, and those victims are overwhelmingly black.

On the other hand you have a conservative white elite who feel that throwing every single black man and woman who commits any offense behind bars instantly and forgetting about the key despite the fact that it has resulted in the African-American community being shot through with holes of absence like Swiss cheese, causing multiple generations to grow up with an insanely high likelihood of a relative either being in jail for part of the growing up, or shamed by the legacy of that former incarceration and by that hobbled in their ability to make a change, and provide for their family.

Is it any wonder so many black people feel unfairly put upon? It's a wonder they haven't revolted.

Yet, they haven't. They have been given more than sufficient cause to scream to Heaven, and rant and curse the bones of everyone around them, yet they don't revolt. Truly, there must be something amazingly positive amongst these people to survive this extreme dichotomy of more and greater official de jure freedom but with so much de facto lack of freedom.

Society's inter-woven net of mutual support and health and well being has been damn near severed from them, but they show a remarkable trait of mankind: humans can control themselves, their natural expected reactions to being assaulted emotionally and socially, and maintain dignity.

America, please wake up and stop bullshitting yourselves. In a desire to either take a total hands off to the Africans or a total hands on, you've allowed liberals to try to turn them into a political petting zoo and conservatives to turn them into a dog pound. These people are an inextricable part of the nation. They are as much a part of you. They are fellow humans.

They want to be part of the mutual support mechanisms of a civilized society but there cannot be a civilized society just for some people and not for others. Without those others sharing the same benefits, they must inevitably fail and fall to the nastier side of human nature and as a result, they will be harmed even further, and you will be harmed further. This is exactly what is happening now.

Here's a few suggestions for the country.

First, to black Americans, tell liberal whites to fuck off. No matter what your politics from liberal to conservative, speak for yourself. When someone in your community is being an ass, when your kids are misbehaving, and some liberal white moron starts to make excuses for what is a detriment to you, bind and gag the fucker, and discipline your kids and report the ass. Defend yourself. Just because you're victimized by someone who is also black doesn't mean you have to stand for it. Do you think white people put up with white criminals or their own kids because they're white. Fuck no.

Second, to white Americans, fucking stop thinking of that whole damn eye for an eye bullshit. You're the bloc most responsible for this craptastic situation of incarcerating entire neighborhoods and cities worth of American citizens. You have your heads up your collective asses filled with self-righteous bullshit about crime and punishment and the only thing you are doing is insuring that those you callously and harshly treat will resent society, and keep on being bad people.

Third, to all of you, good and bad behavior are no more subjective than your immediate interest in not getting bonked on the head and your wallet taken. It's that simple. All of you want the same things. You want your kids to listen to you. You want your neighbors to respect you. You want people to treat you nicely. You want justice without vengeance. You want repair of the world. You want bad people to be made good people. You want everything to work out.

It never will happen as long as you cannot forgive each other and are wrapped up in your own victimhood. Please, for the love of G-d, stop. Before the statistic reaches 2% and carries an obligatory after comment, "and the other 98% are awaiting arrest."