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, May 27, 2008

No good deed ever goes unpunished, even if it is the wrong person suffering

Charity: Aid workers raping, abusing children - CNN.com

Children as young as 6 have been forced to have sex with aid workers and peacekeepers in return for food and money, Save the Children UK said in a report released Tuesday.

After interviewing hundreds of children, the charity said it found instances of rape, child prostitution, pornography, indecent sexual assault and trafficking of children for sex.

You know, during the Clinton years, we sent the military all over the place and...

Oh noooooooo...

NOOOOOOOOOOO!

(wretching)

How did none of this get seen or reported? Did we deploy the blindest dumbest troops everywhere? Did none of the bountiful numbers of civilians who went everywhere with them get one whiff? Or did no one care???

Seriously though, I am not sure which is worse. To be emotionally and psychologically raped by the welfare system here or to be sexually exploited as these kids were? Either way, we constantly manage to do a disservice to all those who don't need it, all the while feeling good about ourselves as if the system doing it was nothing but pure.

"Imagine. For just pennies a day, you could help perverts afford decent oral sex from young girls around the world."

I wonder how well those charity ads would go over phrased more realistically.

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