Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Making People Do What They Don't Want to Do

The most misguided “conditioning” tactic has to be this principle of “making people do what they don’t want to do” -- as though it was some great guiding virtue in life -- rather than the cause of many people’s difficulties throughout life, as they “learn” to work against themselves. Not all learning is good; some is very counterproductive and destructive. We like to mislabel it as well-intentioned, thought one wonders if it is even that. There is this tendency to give credit where it is not due -- but in doing so, one can no longer identify those deserving of that recognition -- when all deeds, thoughts and actions, ae lumped together indiscriminately in this way.

There are some actions that are truly harmful to its practitioners -- as well as those affected and impacted by those actions. To lose one’s capacity to judge merit -- or to deliberately subvert it in every case, produces the futility and randomness of action. Those with a poor understanding of everything, think the objective in life is to produce random behavior -- rather than conscious and conscientious behavior.

The reason for this is because there are too many too easily certified and credentialed -- for that which used to be truly rare and valued. so they have a superficial understanding of that which is significant and meaningful -- while thinking they understand everything there is to know, and in the case of journalism, spread that misunderstanding as widely as possible. That is the great failing of popular culture -- as promoted mainly by the media, schools and universities, indiscriminately.

In every field of knowledge and activity, there are always a few, who discover the truth for themselves, and therefore for everybody else -- but there are many others, who will never discover the truth of anything for themselves, yet claim that they “know” as virulently as though they pioneered the field personally -- and those who cannot tell the difference, are particularly susceptible to their claims, which are the weak link that is contemporary journalism -- because while the world of information processing made a quantum leap into the 21st century, they were still insisting people needed to go back to the 19th century in which journalists ruled the day as the most, if not only informed person, in that community. That was also true of the few “educated” persons like the teacher or the lawyer -- who were distinguished by their ability to read.

Now, reading has become a skill by which the best can “read” the whole context in which what is written only begins to make explicit -- between the lines, the words, the thoughts. Most people’s ability to read, far surpasses their ability to write. That’s always been true -- but now, the magnitude of that effectiveness, has been honed in some, to laser-sharp clarity that one sees only now and then -- rather than the run-of-the-mill in writing and communications.

This exposure itself, transforms people without even their awareness of it -- because their training in awareness, has heretofore, largely been absent. But that doesn’t mean people are not affected and changed by it; they’re just not aware of it -- until they are trained (conditioned) to be.


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