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, December 31, 2008

From a comment by me at Bloodthirsty Liberal

Humans are a strange species. Always at odds with themselves and everything about their nature, and always trying to live at opposition to it, and all they instinctively know. People like to anthropomorphosize and imagine animals with intelligence but what a horrid thing to wish upon creatures who work as well as watch parts. Imagine visiting conscience and abstraction upon a gazelle. They’d be positively neurotic. When a sickly or slow number of the herd was taken by a lion, some of the others would run screaming and spend the rest of their days shaken and disturbed by the experience and some others would angrily charge the lion in a futile emotional outburst.

All the blather about consumption and living simply that others may simply live is just humans forgetting that the world is what it is, and not what they imagine it is or should or might be. Reality isn’t pretty, but as the old saying goes, life is what happens while you’re making other plans.

Another applicable saying regarding this spending is that if you give a man a fish he eat for one night. If you teach him to fish, he feeds himself for life. Unfortunately, the left has more of a sense that if you build a man a fire he will be warm for one night but if you set him on fire, he will be warm for the rest of his life.

Sending money to third world governments has never worked any more than handing a five spot to a drunk. Our exploitation of them as a money-saving move though… did we really think they’d not find something constructive to do with it when it didn’t come with earmarks from the corrupt (dis)United Nations?

Set boundaries for humans such as earmarks and rules for spending handouts and basic human dignity and ego requires them to buck you and spend it corruptly. Give them the money for service rendered and leave them to do with their money as they see fit and they will inevitably do what pleases them with it, without the motivation to misspend it given by some external force telling them what to do.

And so they have and are and the third world is rapidly joining those ahead and the results of our idiot simply living so others may simply live idea are becoming clear. Instead of developing plentiful power supplies and technologies so that all might be prosperous and comfortable, we find ourselves with too little oil, coal, and gas for those we enabled to develop to share with us.

Life is truly what happens while you’re making other plans.