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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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The problem with a new revolt that works is...

...that the crux of the very nature of the problems with the system being revolted against is that they are systems. How do you revolt against political parties without having another political party without said party working for its own interests which of course it logically must to remain in any competition with any other party, or even just to survive as a coherent organization?

How can you have a partyless party?

The partyless party can only be the whole of the people, acting in concert without conspiracy or organization in the way of the stand alone complex.

So I suggest first that all people interested in revolt do the following:

  • De-register for a party if you are already registered and change yourself to unaffiliated.
  • If you are allowed to vote in primaries despite not being registered but not affiliated, then as you are enriching yourself educationally accumulate important questions relevant to the various terms of the future be they short, medium or long and do not hesitate to ask them of the candidates.
  • If you cannot vote in primaries without choosing a side, then wait till the primaries are over and ask the questions anyways. Ask them rhetorically of your fellow citizens and begin conversations of reason and debate. Be of good nature and good conscience, and without illusion and self-deception that you will or must convince another of your point of view, but merely accept and be happy with having exposed them to a meme that they may not otherwise have considered.
  • Ask them of the candidates at every level. City, state, and federal, ask the questions you want answers to. Suggest that those you speak with at least, even if they do not agree on the suppositions you've made independently and between you, ask the questions as well.
  • Be a party of one. The singular personal one, and the collective composite one, both at once. Take it upon yourself to be responsible enough to subordinate your personal interests to those you truly with deliberation have come to believe are the best for society at large where necessary in your conscience, and to do the opposite where necessary, and always be humble and honest with yourself as to which case is which and when.

Revolt without revolting. Change our world by changing your mind. Turn the switches and change the channels of the system. Turn on the lights of the nation which once promised to burn so brightly. Be a party of one. Be.

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