American Samizdat

Monday, September 11, 2006. *
We see a pervasive mindset of control and domination permeating our cultural institutions, a mindset driven by the fear of anarchy. If someone - some authority or power over us - doesn't control us, society will fall into chaos, or so we're to believe.

But who controls the controllers? What kind of order do those in positions of power have in mind? Is power-over an order that works - i.e., that creates social harmony and makes us happy? Or does it create wars, blind obedience, inner deadness, Littleton, Colorado nightmares, injustices, epidemic substance and process addictions, economic exploitation, cynicism, chronic stress, and unhappiness?

It doesn't make sense, for example, that we control children morning to night with rewards and punishments and then wonder why they grow up selfish manipulators: "What's in it for me?" or "Just don't get caught!" That's how child-rearing and schooling methods trained all of us to think. And if people grow up obsessed with gaining power over others - the chance to be in the one-up position and to control who's rewarded and who's punished - where's the surprise? This is the logical extension of our cultural paradigm.

In other words, is our culture built on a paradigm that's working for us as well as we need it to? Is our consensus philosophy shaping our institutions to serve us, or are we becoming servants to systems that warp our minds, consume our energies, and turn us into people we never wanted to be? When more and more of us find ourselves asking such core questions, it's time to start rethinking things from the ground up. It's time to reclaim our powers.

Now be honest, how many here read the title of the above link and had an immediant knee-jerk response to the title, and word 'Conspiracy' and further, didn't bother to read the data/info? And if you did, what does that tell you about social conditioning?
posted by Uncle $cam at 5:54 AM
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