Wednesday, February 19, 2014

myth busters

MYTH BUSTERS

Myths are part of what constitutes our cultures and culture is one of the best tools mankind ever invented ( this allows the lazy and incompetent and retarded to get a free ride off of the past discovers of what works best for survival, and allows the hard working and intelligent to focus their energies to things other than re-inventing the wheel ). But when culture has broken down on a civilizations way to a graveyard, which ours clearly has ( Social Security destroying the three generation household, easy divorce destroying child rearing, women’s lib destroying traditional roles, mandatory state schooling destroying apprenticeships job training, state sponsored corporate profiteering destroying self-sufficient local farming and owner built homes and so on ), it behooves us to examine some of our myths and evaluate their relevance for our near term survival. Now, myths obviously don’t stand up to scrutiny. They serve a purpose in guiding behavior, and aren’t meant to see the light of day in and of themselves. So our job is to understand that ALL myths are inherently silly but like Orwell’s pigs, some are more silly than others. And dangerous.

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The myth of American greatness is hardly unique to our culture. All tribes build up great tale of themselves, happily go about smiling stupidly and slapping each other on the back in a congratulatory manner and proclaim themselves Baby Jesus’ mostest favoritist. They alone are The Chosen People and all others are sub-human dogs akin to Neanderthals and rabid curs foaming at the mouth in a puddle of their own vomit and assorted other bodily fluids. In this way, the tribe can happily go about exterminating said non-humans with a clear conscience. We talk about the war in Iraq as one for oil security ( perhaps we don’t need that countries oil per se, but fight the enemies of the House Of Saud to remain in their good graces ) and Halliburton profits, smugly reminding ourselves how WE don’t have the wool pulled over OUR eyes. And yet, we also like the rest of the population in this country give nary a thought to the hundreds of thousands ( if not more ) of innocent Iraqi citizens that are our collateral damage. That is how strong the myth of The Other As The Enemy is. The semi-auto myth isn’t just about cool toys and battlefield superiority but is fed off the deep well of myth such as the American Never Ending Resource Base. That one is very dangerous to believe which is why I harp so much on it. The Voter As Agent Of Change is a dangerous myth in that it allows one to go about ignorant of how dangerous our dictatorship has become ( somewhat freedom of speech is only a noise making tool used by our masters ). Freeholder Farmer Myth is dangerous as it allows folks to gamble their lives to a security that does not exist ( the Myth Of Government As Protector ), wallowing in ignorance to the historical vulnerability of peasants throughout the ages. Myth busting is fun for me, and I pray enlightening for some of you.

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16 comments:

  1. Where do you fall on this analogy??????

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  2. Hmmmm. Are any sub-humans akin to Neanderthals living better than you?


    Anony

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  3. The myth of perpetual, never-ending progress is the greatest myth of our time. It allows the U.S. and other governments to spend trillions of dollars that we don't have and pretend we can "grow our way out of the problem". Allows individuals to saddle themselves with debt that they will pay off once the college degree pays off, or the economy improves, or whatever. It allows people to pretend their economic lives haven't gotten more crappy over time, because the myth says this is not what happens. If you give up on this myth, you quickly come to see that you are on a big boat headed toward a big waterfall, and everyone on board is partying and yelling "full steam ahead". Groupthink at its worst.

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    1. I get why no one wants to admit their investments are death traps. I don't get why anyne ever buys into the myth to begin with.

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    2. It's our nature. Humans were prey at one time. (Good news, folks!!! There's a tomorrow!!!!) There's a bit of THAT brain still inside the skull. Anyway Life is a Deathtrap.
      In my PUA studies :p, I found that women desire security to raise their young. (Guys project that with confidence, a strong jaw...and a fat wallet)
      Perpetual, never-ending progress sounds safe for half of the population/voters. Heck, keeping up with the Jones/McMansion crap is female based. Case in point: I'd be getting ready to move to the HIGH, desert plain, to crap in a bucket if I was single.

      Was talking to a guy who just got out of the "Shit". Not sure how the subject came up but he said we/Humans should worship the old Norse gods. Odin is cooler and a better fit for warriors, so he says.

      Tax sale time is approaching. I won't be out this year but with my luck, this means that the county might be putting that lot #9 up for sale. The one next to the neighbor with the dog. I think you told me one of them were nice. :) Might be a good place to stash the in-laws and such.
      County should be sending their lot list in March. I'll let you know.

      Gil

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    3. Oh, and nice "semi-auto myth" tie-in. LOL!!!

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    4. because they are all things that are not directly observable (yet - though that is starting to change) and all the trusted people in a childs life are telling them the lies - get a degree it will pay off even if you take on debt, get a house in the 'burbs it is an investment in your future instead of another debt weighing you down, etc. all these lies are pressed on the young and impressionable from everywhere. and they dont realize that following the lies will enslave them until too late.
      And then the now grown kids dont want to admit to themselves that they bought the lies so they pass them on.

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    5. Because it was mostly true on the left half of the peak energy curve...?

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    6. Gil, it might be a good idea, I can get the lot cheap enough. 1251-except, it was true with non-renewable resources and other folks warned us all about THAT thirty/forty years ago.

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    7. Grey- I suppose the unthinking passing on is the cultural norm. For good ideas or bad.

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    8. 1208-I do have a talent for veering off to my favorite yelling points and making it sound like it is part of the current topic.

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  4. If you bug out suddenly with only what you can grab, life might be short but grim
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    1. My dad gave me his Marlin 25N 22LR rifle. Great rifle. What kind of scope you running, Vlad?

      I heard some bad things about Remington .22 but I think it's mainly those Semi-Auto Fools! :)

      Gil

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  5. No one has grown up with people the went through the great depression Jim. Most of us that read you did, as per today's article speaking of the splitting up of the extended family. No one there to teach them from the past.

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    1. I know I'm not smarter- just read more and think more on subject. So I guess I could overreact to others stupidity. Course, I never bought into the car or house or college, and that was when I was REALLY young and stupid.

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