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quote:I really believe it's a general lack of compassion and understanding in these societies. Lack of harmony as well. Too many people like to go out of their way just to do something nasty to someone else.
QuoteOriginally posted by Qball:I have never really fit into the crowd either. I've never been a popular person, and I usually find that people just don't like my opinions about anything. But somebody else can give the exact same opinion and it's hailed as some great gospel. Qball,This hit home. Like crazy. I say something, ignored. The "right" person says the exact same thing, accolades. There are many explanations for this phenomenon, if you will. The secularistic ones rely in the large on the evolution model with its dominance hierarchies based on genetics, pheromone output, etc. A lot of the supporters of this pure physiological model take on an attitude of "Life isn't fair, nor the least bit interested in fairness, kindness or compassion; therefore, I need not be either. Life is cruel, so there's nothing wrong with me being cruel either. I can have contempt for anyone I want, for any reason I want, or no reason at all if I so choose. It is my American (or Australian or whatever the patriotic loction word is where they are from) RIGHT! Nobody has a right to criticize me for exercizing my evolutionary right to have contempt for anyone I want, or for destroying the lives of those I consider weak or evolutionarily inferior within the species. It is survival of the fittest, and the fittest are the most cunning. The fittest are not the most moral, but are those who are the most cunning and best at getting away with their immorality, and making it look good in order to fool the crowd, who they are evolutionarily destined to RULE! Too bad for the rest! That's just too bad for them! Nya nya nya nya NYA nya!" (As in the sing-song child's taunt)That is a very popular view, even though most will not admit it straightforwardly (because of the "make it look good" part of their view). Some Secular Conservative idealogues come close to admitting it, but they too stop short so as to avoid making the wrong appearances. Many religious consevatives and liberals believe it too, they are just a little more invested in their seemingly righteous veneers. I think that explains the success of shows like "Survivor." They are based on an arena-styled version of the view above. It also explains a recent car commercial in the U.S. for one of the Japanese manufactured cars, which went something like: people will offer gracious emarks to their opponent when they win a game but what they're really thinking is "I'm better than you are." (Also said in sing-song taunt.) Often moralistic reasons are manufactured, but unmasking the reasoning behind them will only make them angry (for blowing their moralistic cover) rather than change their mind.Hmm, no wonder I'm not a popular person. I'm exposing, and therefore desecrating too many people's Holy Duplicity! I'm not supposed to DO that!Other people depend on other explanations, such as karma. Of course, one has to be careful there too because karma can also be used as a veneer to cover the above. Many people believe it sincerely of course. Either way it can be a bit of what Mr. Bruce calls one of those "blaming philosophies."Many others take the Christian view of sin. People are pretty much bad, sinful, and need saving and healing from Christ. Again, many people believe this sincerely, while others use it, often shamelessly, as a veneer to cover that first view which is what they REALLY believe deep down.There are other views too I'm sure, but those are the biggies I think. But the one that seems to permeate here in the U.S., its relatively high degree of open religiosity not withstanding, is that first one.The thing we need to do though is find PRACTICAL ways to deal with the results of that societally encompassing attack on our conscious and subconscious minds to prevent further damage and heal the damage already done. When you think about it, society itself makes a pretty convincing neg.One more twist, society is like a person who assaults you, then with uncanny abilities of persuation convinces everybody that he shouldn't be charged with a crime, reasoning that it was your own fault you suffered injury, because it was YOUR responsibility to know how to prevent or successfully repel any attack on yourself. It's amazing, the glaring double standard that we apply to different types of assault, or to the different people who commit them.I'm no fan of Crowley. Nevertheless, they're right who say that people in general don't have a clue. They really don't. But then, maybe most of them like it like that too.