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Question Everything, Believe Nothing - Chapter Two - Group Think and the Hive Mind

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Question Everything, Believe Nothing

Chapter Two

Group Think and the Hive Mind

By

Cognitive Dissonance

 

 

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Chapter One may be found here.

 

There is a pretty common ‘belief’ among many that to ask questions of some ‘things’ that others consider settled or ‘true’ is a sign of weakness, of someone who is weak minded, indecisive or one who just can’t be trusted when the nitty gets gritty. They ‘believe’ that the very act of questioning something that is obviously correct implies instability, doubt, hesitation, uncertainty, etc. They ‘believe’ that these people, the shameful Doubting Thomas’s, cannot be trusted and must be viewed with suspicion and distrust. You are either with the herd or you are against the herd.

Group think is most prevalent in the conditioned mind, a phenomenon that is completely invisible to the group members who truly believe they are thinking independently. The irony of group think is that each member is afforded just enough wiggle room with which to modify or mold the groups common ‘beliefs’ so that each member can call it their own original thinking. Does this sound familiar? No two members of the same political party are of exactly the same mind, yet they all pull the same political lever as one with the herd.

 

Group Think

 

The hive mind is most certainly capable of great feats of strength and perseverance precisely because it is narrowly focused and of ‘one mind’. A common argument in favor of the hive mind is the great feats of human engineering that are part of our daily life. I do not argue that the results can be quite spectacular. In fact I am somewhat of an engineering geek and marvel at today’s ships, planes, bridges, buildings, technology and so on.

But I do not accept the premise that these co-created ‘things’ would only be possible under the direction and control of the coordinated hive mind. From my point of view it is a marvel that they actually exist considering all the truly cruel and destructive effects of the hive mind. War and genocide come to mind as something that can only be accomplished by way of group think and the hive mind.

This state of mind is the antithesis of awareness and perspective, of true compassion and empathy, the act of actually transferring yourself emotionally and spiritually into someone else’s shoes rather than simply believing yourself to be in their shoes. Believed empathy is telling someone you feel their pain dawg. True empathy is doubling over in pain and nausea as wave after wave of the shared agony crashes over you.

Those who claim they have a flexible mind often have the least and those who worry they don’t have enough flexibility usually have the most. The same applies to those who ‘believe’ they have questioned their beliefs enough and found them sound, and those who continuously question what they believe precisely because there appears to be no doubt. There is nothing more certain than the certainty that our perception of reality has been seriously distorted and we do not, and cannot, perceive clearly now.

 

Distortion

 

Personally I have no substantial problems with questioning certain fundamental ‘truths’ that I have believed in the past were unassailable, yet still carry them with me to use until I have something better to replace them with………or I just decide to discard them altogether. Rather than flee in terror from this Cognitive Dissonance because it might undermine the very basis of my existence, I welcome the opportunity to cast off the binds that tie my mind to the hive.

For the hive mind though, this is a true paradox that sends the mind reeling and the stomach spinning. Having never begun an inward journey to locate the true source of their power, or if so, then quickly abandoning it as obviously too dangerous to the ‘self’ to continue, ‘certainty’ is the only force that group think has to propel itself forward. Remove that and the mind freezes, the body falters and the resolve quickly melts away.

For the conditioned mind there is no other fuel source to tap other than those resources supplied externally by group think and the hive mentality. This is why any approach to life other than slightly modified group think is seen as dangerous to the hive’s existence and must be repelled at first sight and expelled if found to already exist. Independent thought, let alone action is as dangerous to group think and the hive mind as Gold or any other ‘real’ substantial foundational basis is to ‘faith and belief’ central bank fiat.

To question everything and believe nothing is not an all or nothing proposition, a dead ended process of a lost soul endlessly chasing its own mind. To the contrary it is a fearless moral, spiritual and emotional self examination, an inner exploration that yields as much, if not more, from the process of journeying than from actually arriving at any particular destination. In fact if one allows their ‘self’ to believe they have actually arrived at enlightenment, most likely they are standing face to face with their carefully concealed ego.

Here’s the rub though. How does one even achieve enough sanity to begin questioning everything while simultaneously surrounded by, and interacting with, an insane world? Worse, how can we trust anything we might discover when we have finally accepted that deliberate deception runs ten layers deep and we haven’t even penetrated level one?

The question is similar to walking into a clothing store and not knowing your size or even what you like. What do you do? The answer is simple; proceed slowly and try on many different garments for size, shape and feel. Most of all trust your intuition and gut. Equally important, before starting, be settled in the knowledge that you will make many mistakes and that this is entirely expected. Navigating a maze while blindfolded is not an easy task and managing your own expectations and disappointments is paramount to moving forward.

As well, we must recognize that because we were conditioned from an early age, a time when our vulnerability was the greatest because we had no real ability to differentiate between programming, propaganda and believed ‘truth’ (nor did most of our familial programmers), we enter this examination process with our cup full of beliefs and our mind convinced in ways we haven’t even begun to explore that there are unassailable truths. These ‘unassailable truths’ are thus the most difficult to question, let alone shake, and shouldn’t be the first to be challenged.

While our ego might insist we charge directly into the valley of death, understand that the ego, the supreme expert in the manipulation of our ‘self’, is sending us into a psychological trap, a sort of reverse psychology deception by luring us in with false bravado and confidence, only to put us at cliffs edge staring down into the black abyss.

 

Close to the Edge

 

Having little to no experience in these matters, many (including myself on several occasions) are quickly overcome by vertigo and scurry back to the safety of terra firma and our familiar self deceptions. Knowing what we have just done, our ego, the master puppeteer, then skillfully encourages us to bargain with what we have just seen to assuage our shame and remorse and to settle for just another comforting version of the original lie.

Instead of pealing back another layer of the onion, tragically we have successfully added yet one more deposit, this time deeply set in stone by our own frightened hands. If we ever venture back down this path again this self created monolith will mock us in ways we can only imagine. Best to travel carefully as if walking a crumbling sandstone path then to delude ourselves into thinking we are surefooted mountain goats.

How arrogant we are to think we could quickly and easily challenge decades, centuries, of pre-conceived group think notions, ‘beliefs’ really since they can be termed nothing else without a thorough examination, without losing our footing and skinning our knees or (perish the thought) breaking some cognitive bones.

I remember well the cold sweat that formed on the back of my neck when I realized I had been criminally deceived into believing the ‘official’ story of nine eleven. Why then, after such a disorienting blow to the egoic mind, would I not expect whiplash when the dawning realization finally sweeps over me that I actually enabled The Big Lie, that I wasn’t quite the helpless victim I had comfortingly conceptualized?

The cognitive problem is never a difficulty in learning about new people, places and things, but in letting go of the old ‘certainty of belief’. We are attracted to the perceived ‘order of certainty’ because our conditioning compels us to seek it out precisely because that empowers outside forces, external author-ities (those who create or ‘author’ their own right to receive/take our power) to supplant our own inner knowing. By rejecting the certainty of belief we are confronting the complete ‘self’ destruction, a rebuilding from the foundation up and then the reordering of all that we ‘believe’ constitutes ‘me’.

Once the curtain is pulled back just a smidge to expose the wizard and his motley crew, our world begins to fly apart as if ravaged by centrifugal forces greater than the human mind can withstand. It is ‘we’ who find ourselves swimming naked when the tide goes out. Worse, we are the gravitational force that determines when, and if, the tide actually ever recedes. The pain we feel when balanced at the cliff’s edge is entirely of our own making and completely within our control to extinguish. All we need do is to abandon the certainty of belief that is presently stuck in our craw.

 

The Individual 'Self'

 

Our identity, our ‘self’, our very basis, all that we think ‘we’ are, is called into question when we seriously question everything, then look within for some real honest answers. It all comes back to one of the questions I posed at the beginning of this piece. Who, or more accurately, what are ‘you’ if very little of substance differentiates ‘you’ from ‘us’? This is the stark reality we face when we find ourselves beached naked as a jay bird after being blissfully ignorant nearly our entire life.

Consider just for a moment that we carry around with us, on our backs if you will, a huge pack stuffed to the gills, crammed with all our suppositions, assumptions, beliefs and precious ‘truths’ we hold so dear to ‘us’. That in a nut shell pretty much describes each one of us once we are released from the primary school indoctrination machine, competently instructed in the ways of the beast (these days more like trained as disposable shock troops) and ready to make our mark upon the ‘real’ world.

Now consider how much more that backpack has been stuffed after twenty or thirty years of ‘real’ life experience and imagine what a burden, what an absolute impediment, it must present to real substantial organic growth, the type that nourishes from within, that frees the mind and spirit rather than furthers our enslavement.

Is it really so hard to recognize that ‘belief’ is just another tool we may use, one of dozens we can employ at any time we wish to transport our ‘self’ from one way station to the next as we work our way through life? Instead, when unsettled or directly challenged, we desperately grasp for our beliefs with the ferocity of a drowning swimmer, our backpack clutched to our bosom with a death grip, certain beyond belief that we are identified by our beliefs rather than condemned by them to be chained to a life of spiritual stagnation and decay on every level. Either we sink to the bottom firmly anchored to the herd’s beliefs or we rise to the surface and beyond buoyed by true freedom of thought, mind and conscious spirit.

If I were to hold my hammer, chisel or even my chain saw with the same death grip I hold my beliefs I would soon find myself maimed for life, if not pushing up daises six feet under. Fortunately any and all damage done by the mishandling of my beliefs by my ‘self’ can be undone in mere minutes with a decision born of desperation or determination, it matters not, that I am not my beliefs, that it is my beliefs that control me and not the other way around.

This is why it is advisable to hold the contents of my backpack as I would a butterfly rather than the anvil it so often is. If I view my certainties as fragile and fleeting rather than anchored and immovable, much less effort is required when displacing one for another. Or better yet, to simply discard as no longer need or wanted, as outmoded and useless, what previously I could not imagine living without. Cut the ties, one by one, that binds our mind to the hive. This is the true genesis of substantial original organic life fulfilling growth.

 

03-06-2014

Cognitive Dissonance

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Fri, 03/07/2014 - 12:29 | 4521475 elwind45
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The kings and dukes and their staff met on a Swiss hillside on a sunny day. Around a large table the royalty the technocrats and there minnions assemblied to map out the future of the world! A little H.G. WELLS before I go-go.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 12:05 | 4521347 elwind45
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You need the social part of the animal to herd large and loud just for a second. Your revolution needs to be two thirds of the population bare minimum and peaceful?

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 11:28 | 4521189 Chupacabra-322
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"I remember well the cold sweat that formed on the back of my neck when I realized I had been criminally deceived into believing the ‘official’ story of nine eleven. "

"You have to understand, most people are not ready to be unplugged. And, many of them are so inert, so hopelessly dependent on the system that they will fight to protect it." -Morpheus.

The manipulated perception of reality through Phyche Warfare, PsyOp, Propaganda & mind control are re enforced through the Pulic Indoctrination Centers IE. the educational, religious, economic & political systems span decades if not centuries. Some feel more comfortable & "safe" being willfully ignorant of the facts & reality. The childish or childlike mindset & belief system is the result.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 11:17 | 4521159 optimator
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As the Old Sarge I had once said, "Don't believe anything you hear and only half of what you see".

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 10:44 | 4521008 kaiserhoff
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Great piece, CD.  Too much group think everywhere, even here.

If you didn't catch it, look at the comments on the Venezuela article from last night.  Lot's of excuses, idle bitching, but no real understanding of arbitrage, inflation effects, or possabilities.  That's just plain sad, especially on ZH.

More cow bell might help;)  Waiting for the end of the world is a tad boring.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 10:36 | 4520990 elwind45
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You can really observe this post on the CNBC this morning. The numbers look like numbers except they mean this and this and not this and this. Guest what do you think? Well big numbers and little numbers co exsist and we know from this that this is that and I look good no wait smart! Which is the only true given I AM ON TV AND YOUR NOT? God I look good what else matters but looking your best on tv

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 10:32 | 4520977 Optimusprime
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CogDis provides welcome Lenten lectures.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 10:24 | 4520949 elwind45
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While living on the streets for several years and not owning a Tv I found in my travels a strange blue hue glowing around EVERY picture window in every house. Try as you might you missed the point hive mind is evolution and not mutation. The generation before mine really has a problem with this revolution of conformity. Beware the FAD and the sixty somethings who just loves it. What happens to the kids when the role model drinks the koolaid? Look around

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 10:58 | 4521067 Cognitive Dissonance
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"Try as you might you missed the point hive mind is evolution and not mutation."

So is 'evolution' inevitable...or at least its effects? Meaning if you are correct, can we not shape and form our own evolution?

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 12:16 | 4521410 Raging Debate
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Cog - No. We can't change evolution but by our individual or collective actions accelerate it or deccelerate it. However, there is snapback to aome degree meaning we haven't mastered the process, doubt we will until our evolution into energy.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 10:12 | 4520895 elwind45
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You don't own the rights to the minerals you just think you do

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 10:55 | 4521044 Comte d'herblay
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You don't even own your own house, or the land it sits on, forget about what's under it.  Even if you paid cash, and there's no mortgage, lien, or other encumbrance you will never, "Own your own Home".

See what happens if you don't pay your Real Estate, County, Borough, and School Taxes. 

 

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 10:36 | 4520847 forwardho
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Cog, as always thanks for shareing your thoughts. I believe we are here in this moment to Learn something new each day, and then use that knowledge to help another traveller along our path.

It works if you work it.

 

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 10:55 | 4521046 Cognitive Dissonance
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"It works if you work it."

Yes...it does, doesn't it. :)

Awakening, recovery, physical rehab, self education.......so much of life is a participatory sport not only between the athletes, but between the spectators and athlete as well.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 09:02 | 4520570 tip e. canoe
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I'm surely not an expert on the subject, but I do happen to live in an area where exists one of the highest diversity of species of bees on the planet. Upon observation, I have found that many bee species outside the honey bee are very individualistic. Yet we all associate all bees as being part of a hive mind. But is that really an accurate assumption?

Furthermore, we all have a tendency to use the sheeple metaphor, but is this not simply a reinforcement of a very limited boundary that has been placed around human consciousness? In other words, have we become sheeple by only considering that most people are sheeple?

And don't get me started on dogs and why they are commonly known as "man's best friend" (see some late comments in part 1 for further explanation).

Please note that this is not a quibble for quibbling sake, but hopefully will be considered in the spirit of the overall theme of the series.

p.s. don't forget that the hive mind honey bee was not indigenous to the Americas, but is primarily a European import, along with some African and a few Asian strains. And yet we lament over their mysterious disappearance, as if it's a harbinger of the end of the world. Perhaps this lament is much more about ourselves and the end of the comfortable world as we know it than it is about the honey bee.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 11:21 | 4521166 nofluer
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According to "The Beekeeper's Handbook" Sammataro & Avitabile, (4th edition, ... (c) 2011, p. 3)

"A new fossil discovered in Nevada contains a now extinct New World honey bee species, newly named Apis neartica: (http://www.sciencenews.org July 2009)"

So apparently the Western Hemisphere was originally issued its own honey bees... but something happened along the way...

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 19:45 | 4523381 tip e. canoe
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definitely have to get that book now.   

any personal speculation as to what happened?

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 11:00 | 4521077 Comte d'herblay
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As a sarcastic comedian once said about global worming, co2 destroying our planet or other prediction of the earthly destruction:

'Don't fear for the Earth, our mother.  She, when she has had enough of her children's nonsense, will simply kick us off the planet, and in no time will go back to being what she was b 4 the kids came along'. 

We can only harm ourselves in the long run.  The earth is impervious to us, we are gnats, a nuisance,  around her brow. 

 

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 10:22 | 4520935 Winston of Oceania
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I like to think of them as sleepers who can be woken in some cases. Some will never be budged but that is out of fear rather than ignorence, the world as it truly is presents a fearsome picture that is comforted by large numbers.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 09:46 | 4520757 LawsofPhysics
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Farmers have been aware of this for a very long time.  I keep bees, for obvious reasons, but did you know that honey bees can access the nectar of only a relatively few plants (when the diversity of plants is actually considered).  In fact, honey bees rely on the common bumble bee or carpenter bee to drill holes in a number of flowers before they can access the nectar.  Blueberry flowers are a perfect example.

All these "educated" fucks running around with all this paper "wealth" and no common sense.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 10:51 | 4521030 tip e. canoe
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I did know that but I appreciate you sharing that fun fact nonetheless. Also have noticed that it's almost always the bumbles and their fat bellies that successfully pollinate the curcubits. That's why I like to have at least one lavender bush nearby the patch every year.

Had an extremely unsuccessful attempt at raising a hive last year. Mostly due to my lack of attention more than anything. Going to try again this season with a simple lazy man's top bar hive.

Bee pollen and propolis are staples in our house and that shit is getting crazy expensive.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 11:43 | 4521259 nofluer
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Never start with one hive. For a new startup, always start with at least two. Top bars are excellent beginning hives!!!

Strongly suggest you obtain a copy of "The Beekeeper's Handbook" (4th Ed). It will tell you everything you want or need to know - in clear English! I've read a LOT of bee books. For the beginning/wannabee beekeeper, some are good, some are better, this one is BEST! (We've had two topbars on autopilot for two years - still going strong. This year we're expanding to 17 colonies.) A BIG issue in how successful you'll be is the breed of bee you choose. We have Carniolans... amazing creatures!!! Look carefully at the characteristics of the breeds!!! There are important differences!!!

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 13:44 | 4521795 tip e. canoe
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Can't tell ya how thankful I am for this amigo. Definitely will grab that book.
Breed choice is mostly dependent on growing zone yes?

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 16:55 | 4522773 Wen_Dat
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hopefully you don't live by a cell tower...

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 09:24 | 4520646 Cognitive Dissonance
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You raise good points. I struggle with this all the time when I write.

I am attempting to expand my mind, and in the process be the catalyst for others to do the same. So do I use commonly accepted metaphors and analogies that might be incorrect, then in the actual piece go into greater detail to explain precisely what I mean? Or do I create new terms or use proper terms, which requires several paragraphs of explanation in addition to my thoughts on the subject.

The compromise I have adopted is to use both techniques, sometimes in the same article, sometimes in different articles. It really is difficult to write about theses subjects because, once examined closely, very few people of like mind are in actual agreement on something as seemingly simple as word definitions.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 10:32 | 4520976 tip e. canoe
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It's surely not a criticism of you, your piece or your style, cog. I, for one, am grateful for your efforts to put yourself out there as a strange attractor for all of us other electrons to orbit around for a few rotations.

With that said, if everything should and must be questioned, then the role you currently willfully occupy is by it's very nature first on the firing line. Always is , yes?

Personally I'd rather discuss the points that were raised but since it has led us here, perhaps it's more worthwhile to noodle whether the historical tension between the authority figures and the rebellious ones is another one of those assumptions that should be questioned?

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 11:21 | 4521167 Mrs. Cog
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@tip e. canoe

With that said, if everything should and must be questioned, then the role you currently willfully occupy is by it's very nature first on the firing line. Always is , yes?

You can't even imagine... he questions everything. The first time he tried to explain to me that he even questions our relationship, I was pretty wigged. Now I've grown accumstomed to his processes and I'm a bit more settled with it. In addition, I hold the keys to the lockbox where his twizzlers are stored. ;-)

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 11:44 | 4521263 Cognitive Dissonance
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What you don't know honey is that I have a second stash. :)

Twizzlers

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 11:05 | 4521029 Cognitive Dissonance
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"With that said, if everything should and must be questioned, then the role you currently willfully occupy is by it's very nature first on the firing line. Always is, yes?"

Yes....very much so.

"Personally I'd rather discuss the points that were raised but since it has led us here, perhaps it's more worthwhile to noodle whether the historical tension between the authority figures and the rebellious ones is another one of those assumptions that should be questioned?"

In what way? Please expand. I think I know where you are going, but I don't want to assume.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 11:08 | 4521116 tip e. canoe
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Well, we're fast approaching a narrow band int the sub thread, so brevity is probably best, but I think a few clues are contained in shadow's note about motivations pre assumptions, and LoPs note on yin and yang.

What is the motivation to establish authority in the first place? Why do humans continue to replicate hierarchal systems of organization, even amongst a collection of rebels? Is there a way to separate the role and function of authority from the temptations of the egos of those who choose to play the role?

My intuition whispers that d.s.nakamoto might have arrived in our lives at just the right time to help us with some of these answers.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 11:22 | 4521163 Cognitive Dissonance
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There is an desire among people to seek out ready made answers to questions that trouble them. Thus the desire to gather around those who claim to have the answers. Our greatest strength is that we gather together to accomplish incredible things. Our greatest weakness is that we gather together to be subjected to the most incredible (self) abuse.

While I express opinion here on ZH, and also on my website, I do not hold myself out as the answer guy. I don't have the answers, and if I said I did I would want someone to come by and kick me in the ass. What I do provide is my view of better questions and some of my own personal conclusions.

To be frank the comment section under my articles provides many more informed opinions then I do. It is a wealth of information and where I gain much learning.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 11:33 | 4521207 nofluer
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We seek ready made answers so that we can get on with the business of living. Only one with a supreme ego (and a lack of connection to reality) thinks that they are the first or only person to think the question, and are uniquely equiped to arrive at a unique answer.

It is also true that such a person is sometimes correct in their egotistic assumptions.

The thought/words "surely SOMEONE..." should lead to a search. Accepting that even if that someone exists/existed their knowledge/wisdom was not recorded/available should lead to research.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:08 | 4521905 tip e. canoe
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It is also true that those are the ones who always seem to eventually dominate the conversation and hijack the decision making process every time and at every level.

If it's truly the message and not the messenger (and I choose to heartily agree that is), but the Ego comes with the territory and always eventually places obstacles in the path of the continued free flow of the message, then how do we maneuver around the Ego without a struggle?

Maybe to pass the drum major's baton back and forth between everyone in regular rhythmic intervals?

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 09:52 | 4520780 LawsofPhysics
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Your problem is you fail to accept necessity of the ying and the yang, the good and the evil. 

Herds are always culled. It's how balance is restored and the resources become available for future progress.

same as it ever was.

It also comes down to how you want to spend your time, something you can never recover (which isn't to say that one cannot be remembered for a very long time).

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 08:39 | 4520541 stiler
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http://theater.goodfight.org/

Aleister Crowley, Gnosticism

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 08:36 | 4520537 DelusionalGrandeur
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Thank you CogDis! A breathe of fresh air here on the internetz...I greatly appreciate your writing, and look forward to more! Have a blessed day.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 07:22 | 4520471 fijisailor
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Deviating from the pack is like setting sail on a small boat across the Pacific and leaving all land and civilization behind you.  It is terrifying at first but then you slowly adapt to a whole new world.  2/3 s of the planet is covered by water and you are living on that planet now and it's really a very simple and pure part of the earth.  You have found a whole new reality on earth.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 06:30 | 4520438 Zero-risk bias
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Beautifully composed thoughts o' Mr. Cog. A pleasure to read again. Hope I can get there!

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 04:35 | 4520367 VWAndy
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We build these walls and they provide us comfort. And its good to feel safe. But if we build them too high. Then we cannot see over them making us less safe/ secure and it makes us uncomfortable. Because the truth is just over the wall.

 

Nice piece Cog!

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 06:44 | 4520444 Cognitive Dissonance
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"We build these walls and they provide us comfort......"

I agree. What I try to do is dig a bit deeper and examine what it is we consider 'comfort' and why we feel the need for this particular form of comfort. Everywhere I look, every rock I overturn, I find outside forces manipulating 'us' and leveraging this 'need' for comfort against 'us'.

The only power the manipulators have over us is our ignorance of their techniques and our reactions to their manipulation. Knowledge is the key to reversing their leverage. The sad part is that we actually use these techniques against each other and against ourselves. A slave mentality has taken firm hold.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 04:42 | 4520370 Rock On Roger
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Fuck security.

I want Liberty.

 

Stack On

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 09:52 | 4520794 LawsofPhysics
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Amen.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 04:49 | 4520380 VWAndy
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Its lots more fun outside them walls.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 04:16 | 4520348 MeelionDollerBogus
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Interesting article but I suspect (can't prove) something worse is at play.

It's one thing to have a potential cognitive dissonance laid upon the people, from within or elsewhere, it's another thing to have generations of civilization formed by the very nature of a hive-mind, and expect it to defy its own existence.

It's not just the technology, it's the society, it's the modes of thinking & modes of feeling, not just what is acceptable but what is painful or not painful, right from birth.

Just as evolution can weed out those that fail to match selection for survival in the wild, non-humans, with humans the environment itself has been shaped by a hive-mind perhaps for the last thousand or more years. Shifting who is in charge of an empire or where that empire is or even what technology is produced by that empire or used to build it from its inception is not the question.

Those things are a given: what's not changing is the mode of society that functions best in those conditions & in doing so perhaps does something quite nasty like genocide to eliminate those who do not.

SO it may not just be choice at this stage of the game but the removal of those who think best, feel best, when not in a hive-mind, generation after generation, until so few are left who still are born free of spirit & mind that the hive-mind has indeed met its ongoing goal so far: survive.

The biggest threat to the hive-mind is the individual. By removing those who express individuality you don't just remove a threat today but over time, a threat forever. How much inborn is the spirit of one who demands to be free, how can it be eliminated over a hundred generations?

I don't know the answer but if there is one I imagine a multi-generational emergent hive-mind would know & would discover the means. It's not necessarily something that would be obvious to a single generation at a time or a single mind at a time. If my suspicion is correct this process has been happening for a lot longer than people suspect.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 11:32 | 4521203 Raging Debate
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MeelionDollar - Some food for thought:

 "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead

 "Each person must see himself as though the entire world were held in balance and any deed he may do may tip the scales." - Maimonides

  It seems there is always a certain percent of people born to be individualistic. I know McKenzie did some research into "tribes" in 2007 for the political arena. I think your suspicion is correct and the process is called evolution. Our collective hive has already figured out how to finish our final evolutionary process, implementation will take a few decades. Fear and greed will get in the way of it happening sooner and this last evolutionary wall looks mighty but the evolutionary tidal wave forming will wash it away. It always does.

 

 

 

 

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 11:32 | 4521202 Raging Debate
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MeelionDollar - Some food for thought:

 "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead

 "Each person must see himself as though the entire world were held in balance and any deed he may do may tip the scales." - Maimonides

  It seems there is always a certain percent of people born to be individualistic. I know McKenzie did some research into "tribes" in 2007 for the political arena. I think your suspicion is correct and the process is called evolution. Our collective hive has already figured out how to finish our final evolutionary process, implementation will take a few decades. Fear and greed will get in the way of it happening sooner and this last evolutionary wall looks mighty but the evolutionary tidal wave forming will wash it away. It always does.

 

 

 

 

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 06:34 | 4520430 daemon
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" By removing those who express individuality you don't just remove a threat today but over time, a threat forever. "

I wouldn't say that. A bit like a formal system, complex enough to include arithmetics, generates undecidable propositions, a human society seems to generate spontaneously people who will, to some point, express "individuality".

Think about what happens when people talk to each other using words like "love", "justice","freedom","consciousness", ........ . At first sight, everything seems to be ok. People use the same words, so .... that probably means they understand each other. But, on closer inspection (and in fact it doesn't need to be that close), you realize that most of the time, those people don't really "understand" each other. They each have in mind their own perception of "love","justice", .... .

It's a bit like when two people look at an apple tree, for example. They don't see the tree, they see their tree. For one, the view triggers sweet remembrance of apple pies, for the other, it triggers bitter remembrance of the time he fell from an apple tree while trying to pick a fruit.

The funny situation here, is that we tend to easily dismiss ideas we deem different, while not realizing that, most of the time we talk to each other, we don't even really share the same ideas and understand one another. To some point, we are all different ... inevitably, and not because we would be smart free thinker.

In the end, it seems to me that human societies are "cohesive" only on the surface, ....  and only thanks to coercion, in different forms.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 17:35 | 4522927 MeelionDollerBogus
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It takes but a bit more conversation to figure out how to find a language in common, to the fine minutae of detail, to comprehend each other's meanings. We may not then share opinions but at least we'll have opinions about a common basis for what reality is. Around me the objects that are not mine are indeed just objects & I endeavour to understand their physical & future existence in that context.

That which is mine is unique. An apple tree isn't "my" tree unless I grew it, took care of it & have plans for it. Otherwise it is just a tree & I mean so in a way that intends to refer to every detail I can be aware of so much that anyone can make use of it, not just me, for description, food, a place to rest, etc., whatever uses it may have, not just for me personally. For anything that's mine from batteries, a space, food stored, etc., it's mine because I chose which food & how much and how to store it in accordance to plans of what mix I intend for my meals, future inflation expectations, weight to carry, amount of time before it's no good, etc.

No one else needs to understand my planning, reasons or inventory because no one should be interfering with it, for example.

This is where the subtle differences in meaning & comprehension you bring up should be divided between what we need to know to communicate properly and what we don't need to share because it is on the other side of the 'property' divide, or more to my way of life, planning all the future timelines in which an object, space or person involves benefit to me & to aim for them while acknowledging the chaotic way in which life unfolds means I don't always get what I want so I need backup preparations & perhaps the mentality to live in a bit of suffering if all backup plans fail for some time about some topic/purpose. It is what it is.

Looking at the larger hive-mind, however, emerges beyond this. It's emergent & evolutionary.

In this way the individual comprehension, level of disagreement, etc., is akin to problems at the genome or chromosome level or perhaps failed or successful immune responses. It is relevant within the body but doesn't dictate the total life-path of the larger person. Similarly the hive-mind is a larger organism with its own genome of people & objects within it, usable spaces & as-yet-not-activated potentials to do things or to change. It is a larger singular thing made of smaller things and what those smaller things do, people or machines, how places change that are for its parts to live in (a home for a person) or externally & larger (mountains change, plains change, weather,j climate, pollution, oceans rise or fall, etc.) is on a larger time-scale, spatial-scale all relevant to the singular & generational evolution of the hive-mind/body yet totally different in how it is approached or interacted with vs. the individual cat, dog, human, car, house, town, corporation, etc.

It's just bigger than that. It's overall evolutionary guidance, needs, failures & success work on a much larger scale. It is on that scale it is reshaping itself, other hive-minds & its environment, in each region of spatial occupation & in each window of time, be it a decade or 2 centuries, shifting & changing, removing unwanted smaller subunits (pieces of land, people, machines, etc.) from its make-up or that of its allies or competitors (other hivemind/hivebody situations) to make a better life for itself (on the scale of millenia & expanse of continents).

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 09:19 | 4520440 Cognitive Dissonance
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"But, on closer inspection (and in fact it doesn't need to be that close), you realize that most of the time those people don't really
understand each other. They each have in mind their own perception of "love","justice", .... ."

Agreed and this is something I write about all the time. In fact it is sometimes why it might seem like I drone on about something that is 'obvious'. Because very often what is obvious to many isn't actually obvious when we start drilling down a little deeper and begin asking questions. It is always amazing to me how a group of people who share a common language can experience so many faulty communications.

"In the end, it seems to me that human societies are "cohesive" only on
the surface, ....  and only thanks to coercion, in different forms."

Bingo. And this is the leverage used by those who wish to disrupt and inject tension into the population.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 11:17 | 4521158 daemon
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" It is always amazing to me how a group of people who share a common language can experience so many faulty communications. "

That's why I tend to abuse of the double quotes character.

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