Paul: In the mountainous region of North Carolina where we live, there happen to be a lot of Protestant Christians, true believers – not the reasonable kind of true believers, but the more dangerous unreasonable kind. (You’re either with us or against us) Thus, I told my daughter that when she interacted with Christians it was best that she pretended she was one too; I taught her the lingo etc. Groups like this (true believers) have fences and it is better to be within the fence for as long as possible, than to be out of it. This was just pragmatic advice – you can’t reason with true believers – it is best for one to just go along (pretend) for as long as possible. This causes the least amount of suffering for the most amounts of people.
Later I realized that I was straight-up teaching my child duplicity. But thinking about it, wasn’t this necessary? Duplicity is a very necessary and encouraged social interaction at a societal level. We are encouraged to act one way in church or in court, but we act very differently at the pub or locker room. One girl thinks I am an honorable gentleman, another thinks I am a horny lowlife bastard. Which one is true? They both are, of course! Both of their realities contain the same counter-party, but their realities are diametrically opposed. People’s reality of you is what you give/present them, (strength, confidence, intelligence, etc.) This is the nature of human interaction, so duality is a necessary trait and strength for successful human interactions and something my daughter clearly needs to master.
Putrid: It’s that or you give up on Religion. And go it alone. Or you can ascend to the top of Religion and play games like the Fathers of the ancient Families do. Staying inside the fence carries costs, e.g. taxes, fines, rules. All the Religions out there want to cut costs, so you may want to teach your child discrimination.
Paul: So thinking about it:
* All people are sociopathic (-I love myself more than any other-) just some are further along the sociopath spectrum than others.
Putrid: Be careful, you may be projecting your properties onto the other. This is a common error. When defining Reality we should use conceptual labels with narrow definitions. All human brains are manipulative, and some humans use manipulation to benefit the other, which is a source of optimism. They’re the nice people.
Is Greenspan a sociopath? Sure. And Friedman? Definitely. Sociopaths have brains that can manipulate the group and the top sociopaths can manipulate at the scale of Religion. All the brains out there are performing according to their function, and if they can’t perform a Religious function they don’t exist in any meaningful way.
* All people are addicted to bullshit (delusion).
Do you think my brain is addicted to bullshit? I know I’m a scumbag … just like you … so maybe not. Some brains can mature to see the Reality; and it can’t be unseen after that moment. And that brain must then decide how to proceed and approach that Reality.
For example, planning for the Reset began decades ago, before my birth, by men who could see the Reality of where we were headed. The USA was always on the menu after that moment of clarity. It’s strange to think our very lives, our dreams and outcomes were decided before our birth.
* Duality is necessary for successful human interaction. It is built into the system framework – i.e., why judges wear robes.
So humans are fucked, we have self limiting behavior that will ensure our (most likely) cyclic destruction. Humans are fucked because I am fucked – why don’t I stop my sociopathic/hedonistic behavior? Why am I addicted to the bullshit I tell myself to justify my sociopathic behavior? Why do I practice duplicity in most, if not all, areas of my life? The world is not the problem, I’m the problem. Why am I acting out these behavioral patterns? Genetic programming, societal programming? Am I conscious? Do I have a choice? Marionette on a string?
I was having a conversation about AI with a friend who commented that AI can never be conscious, like humans’ are conscious, because AI will only ever act in accordance with its programming. My response was: how is that different from humans? Aren’t most humans just acting out their (genetic) programming? Perhaps the true test of consciousness is whether one (a human or AI) can consciously override or act in opposition to their/its programming. Can I overcome or override my sociopathic programming (genetics)? Will success in this regard mean that I am actually or truly conscious, not just the genetically programmed destruction machine that I am now?
Once the Culture becomes sociopathic, the society is fucked. Because the children assume sociopathic behaviour is normal… and then, when they grow up, it’s all over. I’ll leave it up to the reader to judge whether his or her culture is sociopathic. I guess the first step in becoming ‘truly conscious’ is to understand the dominant Culture you’re surrounded by; and see if you can act in opposition to it. Or act outside it, or see if you can have your own sub-culture with nearby friends and family units.
I think American preppers are conscious; they know, deeply, that the ‘cannibalistic spirit’ of ‘selfish consumption’ is about to die a very painful death. And American Protestants in rural areas, they may not be able to sit down with my friends and discuss the Reset using Financial language; they would use Christian language to define the Reality and I’d be very comfortable with that language and fully agree with them that a lot of people are about to be judged and found wanting.
The trial precedes the judgement, and the test shall be set by the Natural System.
Buddhist philosophy talks about the personal discovery that there is no ‘I, me, or mine.’ So if a sociopath only (predominately) cares about himself, but there is no ‘I’, then aren’t we caring for a phantom, a figment of our self constructed illusionary identity, something that does not really exist in the true, reality sense? So ultimately, we all love ourselves more than any other, but our ‘selves’ is impossible to find and, perhaps, does not even exist. Thus, what we really love and protect is really just a figment of our imagination, the false ‘I’ pretending to be real. This collective delusion is reinforced by other sufferers of the same delusion. I think this falls under the mental illness category. But if everyone is suffering from the same mental illness, is it still considered an illness?
We are a vessel for existence. How? Why? And in what way?
You can imagine what you look like because you know what you look like. That knowledge and image may not match the Reality but it’ll be close.
It appears the self arises from knowledge and image, and is stabilized when the other confirms such. And that’s why duplicity comes at a cost, and should be eschewed, because one person in your life confirms you’re a ‘horny lowlife’ and a different person confirms you’re an ‘honorable gentleman’. This is going to lead to confusion and inner conflict. Would you rather be your self or successful in a destructive society?
Perhaps the sociopath doesn’t get to choose.
We are what we know, and if the knowledge is useful or valuable it gets stored in the Culture. Our ratcheting Culture stores more and ever more knowledge. Humans experience Culture as social peer pressure—when you see a red light, you know you should brake, there’s significant social peer pressure to slow down and stop your vehicle. And if you don’t conform to that pressure, your peers will punish you with penalties and possibly prison.
There appears to be a universal Pressure on all living things that stores all the Knowledge of all the species—and this Pressure is constant because of Appetite and finite resources. This line of thinking puts mankind and the other creatures on the same evolutionary path. And right now, the Natural System is putting more and more Pressure on every person, family, society and civilisation. And it’s also putting Pressure on other species as well.
That Pressure is telling us to adapt or die.
And this knowledge is too painful for a lot of people, so it’s rejected and avoided. It’s this rejection of pain which is causing mental illness.
Almost all of our collective problems stem from the avoidance of pain.