The truth is unpleasant and therefore unpopular:
Humans have invented a social "reality" that denies reality itself.
Saturday, September 08, 2012
Psychologically reversed people feel uncomfortable when an important dimension of their life such as work, love or financial situation is going well. They therefore eventually do something that relieves this discomfort with happiness. Self-sabotage enables them to fulfill a subconscious expectation that they will be miserable. Even for folks who are mostly happy and successful in life, if they are psychologically reversed a return to an underlying state of unhappiness or bad luck in some uncanny way feels to them more normal. - "Bad Luck, Bad Choices or Psychological Reversal?" by Susan Heitler, Ph.D., Psychology TodayCould explain why modern people are so exuberantly self-destructive. Or why whole successful ethnic groups decide to suicide once they finally achieve their aims.
Friday, September 07, 2012
Thursday, September 06, 2012
Tuesday, September 04, 2012
Preaching forgiveness reveals the pedagogic nature of some therapies. In addition, it exposes the powerlessness of the preachers. In a sense, it is odd that they call themselves "therapists" at all. "Priests" would be more apt. What ultimately emerges is the continuation of the blindness inherited in childhood, the blindness that a real therapy could relieve. What is constantly repeated to patients -until they believe it, and the therapist is mollified - is: "Your hate is making you ill. You must forgive and forget. Then you will be well." But it was not hatred that drove patients to mute desperation in their childhood, by alienating them from their feelings and their needs. It was such morality with which they were constantly pressured.
It was my experience that it was precisely the opposite of forgiveness - namely, rebellion against mistreatment suffered, the recognition and condemnation of my parents' misleading opinions and actions, and the articulation of my own needs - that ultimately freed me from the past. - Alice Miller
Many armed robbers have a chip on their shoulders and view life as inherently unfair, says criminologist Richard Wright, a professor at the University of Missouri at St. Louis and co-author of Armed Robbers in Action: Stickups and Street Culture. As a result, they often see someone else's success as a reminder of their own failure and inferiority. Worse still, they interpret outward signs of another's prosperity as a personal affront. "When they see people flaunting their wealth or driving fancy cars, they see that as an attempt to put them down," Wright says. For this reason, robbers are especially apt to target people who are flaunting material possessions or even just displaying a cocky, superior attitude. Street predators have their own word for such behavior—"flossing"—and it infuriates them. "It's a very visible reminder of their situation," Wright adds, "of being poor, that they've got nothing in their pockets." - Psychology Today
Monday, September 03, 2012
The image to the right is the ideal corporate employee: he is of mixed heritage, no religious background, no features at all, really.
He's like a mannequin that can take orders. A robot with a personality, but not enough to conflict with your own. In fact, he's a blank slate for you to project upon.
This is why he would be the ideal neighbor. He wants to do what you want to do, or at least, he doesn't know what he wants to do so he's OK with doing what you want to do.
At work, he does his job and when he's not doing it, he does something innocuous. Maybe shopping, or voting.
He doesn't want any holidays except weekends. He barely knows what to do with those anyway. He feels best in school, work or waiting in line, since he has no personality.
He is also the perfect consumer. Since he has nothing within, he needs to dress up the outside. He needs to buy lots of stuff for that.
When he is a teenager, he will need lots of bands to cover his identity. And posters, and tshirts. Maybe a fast car which he will buy on layaway, generating interest income.
In his 20s and 30s, he will be rootless. He will pay rent: lots and lots of rent. He wants a luxury apartment. He will put a third of his paycheck into rent.
Because he has no personality, he will stumble through life following his urges. One of those is sex. He will bed girls whenever he can, and end up in relationships with some of them.
Those relationships will also generate extra purchases. More dinners out, more gifts, a shared apartment, and then lots of fees when the breakup happens and he needs a new phone number, apartment, and to replace all the stuff he left at her place.
He is oblivious to the differences between items as well as people. The more you advertise, the more he likes what you advertise, and buys it. Since he can't tell the difference, the only determining factor is whether it fills in for his soul.
You can count on him to have a mid-life crisis too. He will buy a sports car and get a tattoo. He will then spend more money on chasing strippers around.
A man like this can save our economy. He will also vote for us if we promise him free things. He doesn't care what happens tomorrow if he gets paid today.
If a bunch of young people do something, he will imitate it, in an attempt to stay relevant. He will vote for our candidate if we advertise enough and young people like it.
Since he has nothing to do, he will cast around for hobbies, pursuits and fetishes. When he finds an interest in football, we can sell him tickets, merch and an extended cable plan. When he discovers religion, we can sell him Bibles, missionary trips and Christian rock. When he becomes a footwear fetishist, we can sell him porn, shoes and sex tourism in Thailand.
He is perfect; nothing is out of place. He is in absolute balance because he doesn't exist. And yet his body does, and it walks onward, generating needs and profits, and voting for our guy. Thus we love him, this anonymous and soulless last man.
Image (c) Google, Inc., a respectable corporation whose stock I proudly own.
Sunday, September 02, 2012
Original Sin doesn't mean that we are evil. On the contrary, by nature we're good, we're created good by God, and we're created with good wills. But the point it that something has gone wrong. I think it's a realistic doctrine, in the sense that it's saying that we're all in this together, it's collective. Something has gone deeply wrong in human culture, human history, something is even wrong somehow in a mysterious way at the biological level as well. But the point about the doctrine of the Incarnation, the idea that God has assumed human flesh, for Augustine, is that this is a return to Paradise, the beginning of a transformation - that the original way we're supposed to be, and the original equation, can now be gradually restored. - "On God, Good and Evil," by Scott Stephens