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Exceptionalism – The Mind Killer

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Exceptionalism – The Mind Killer

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It is so deeply embedded, so seamlessly rooted and integrated into what we think of as ‘our self’, that when expressed oftentimes it is (intentionally) mistaken for something else entirely. Our indoctrination begins at birth in tiny little ways, mostly personal in nature, with our parents and care givers the initial delivery system. From day one out of the womb we are conditioned via adoring smiles and Coochie Coochie Coo’s that we are exceptional, one of a kind and King of the house. A few minutes of screaming has everyone running to stem the tears and change the pee pants. And it is all downhill from here.

When we enter a mostly government controlled (aka elite controlled) education system, it is then that our cultural conditioning is hijacked and diverted towards ‘the greater good’, cleverly morphed into statism, capitalism, populism, consumerism and nationalism, all derivatives and extensions of exceptionalism. “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the……….” Regardless of the source of the corruption, ultimately “We the Parents” are solely responsible for what is taught to our children by others.

Unfortunately the vast majority of us never resist the conditioning of our children since we are as deeply conditioned (‘cultured’ sounds so much nicer, don’t you think?) as they will be. After all why resist something that just is, and always has been, as far as we are concerned? Considering how short the lifespan of a human is compared to the longevity of the state and its always replaceable minions, who can blame us for not seeing the body from the naval while gazing.

Exceptionalism is one of the most insidious mind viruses ever created by man simply because it is often hidden within the framework of other more obvious memes and control techniques. And it feeds upon itself once its appetite has been stimulated through our unwitting and self consumed hand. The greatest trick the control system ever pulled was convincing the world’s population on a per person basis that it is in our individual best interest to subvert our own self interests for the benefit of the powerful elite. Talk about divide and conquer techniques.

Often it is presented as a beneficial sacrifice, sometimes small, sometimes very large, but almost always for the greater good. And since the greater good is served by you, and you by definition are part of the greater good, you too will benefit from your adoration of the nebulous and intangible “We the People”. It all sounds too good to be true………and it is. From birth we are taught to believe that what is good for the elite goose is good for the peon gander, beginning within our own family hierarchy and branching out from there to ‘greater’, more powerful, hierarchical elites.

This controlling meme has taken on many forms and flavors over the centuries, millennium if you think about it, with always the same outcome; our own power willingly handed over to those who declare themselves worthy, uniquely qualified, even en-titled to receive it……or to take it from us if we hesitate and don’t quickly comply. Regardless, the ultimate power source of exceptionalism is our own desire to be, or at least to feel, more powerful than we believe we really are. This deep seated need to be ‘exceptional’, this controlling meme conditioned into us from birth, springs from our own decision to concede that which is our very essence, our innate power, to unworthy and extremely destructive recipients.  

The brilliance behind the controlling ‘exceptionalism’ meme is that it works in favor of the controlling elite both on the accent and descent phases of any nation or empire, no matter how large or small it may be, and on the individual level. The citizens of tiny Monaco collectively and individually think no less of themselves than “We the Conditioned” here in the US. I can, and will, always believe myself better, faster, smarter and stronger than the person in front of me on the way up the ladder and the same applies as well while descending all the way to hell.

There is always someone worse off than me, even when I am sleeping in the streets and even when there really isn’t. While the phrase “I cried because I had no shoes until I saw a man who had no feet,” is intended to teach humility, often we secretly reject humility in order to ‘feel’ better about our own misery by embracing a sense of superiority over others. When chasing the leaders up the hill I believe myself unlucky or not yet ready to assume their superior position in the dog eat dog race. And when I fall from grace I can nurse my bruised ego by declaring myself ‘victim’ and not suited for this horrible place.

 

No shoes, but still have feet

 

But this self deception also comes into play on a more subtle level as well. How many times have we heard, read, seen or even said the following, “Oh, they would never do that” with ‘they’ almost always referred to as someone or something/entity endowed with ‘authority’ and power. Our preferred belief, that “We the Weak” are ‘better’ than others, be it persons, institutions or nations, allows us to maintain the personal illusion that the undefined ‘they’ not only share our personal world view, but because ‘they’ do, and ‘they’ are so much more powerful than ‘we’, that ‘they’ would struggle mightily to maintain ‘it’ (the status quo superior position) for ‘them’ as well as for ‘us’. In other words, their superiority will trickle down to ‘us’ both collectively and individually. Sadly we regularly indulge in the fantasy of the trickle down pee-on theory.

This of course is precisely what the powerful elite are doing, maintaining the status quo, which is their power and control over “We the People”. But because ‘we’ are conditioned to maintain a sense of distorted and corrupted exceptionalism on all levels of our existence we willingly, even enthusiastically, go with the flow in order to maintain our own personal self deception.

In essence this is a form of self censorship, of externally induced self control that we embrace because it feeds the need to be perceived internally and externally as exceptional, which itself is artificially created and reinforced by our lifelong conditioning. This is how a few tens of thousands control (a softer, more egoically acceptable phrase might be ‘greatly influence’) seven billion. And for the most part the control is exquisitely executed.

We dearly wish to self identify with our protective tormentors in order to endear ourselves to them so that we may believe we will be placed under their protective wing. This induces us to enable, and endure, all kinds of abusive behavior by ‘them’ in the name of our personal protection, which in turn helps maintain our illusion of exceptionalism. Actually this point of view perfectly demonstrates the slave mentality, of which the Stockholm syndrome is a major part of, all of which works hand in hand with the overall meme of exceptionalism.

Even “We the Slaves” have our own hierarchy, so while misery loves company if I had my druthers I would much prefer you to be more miserable than me. Since I am creating and measuring the misery index, and you have no say in the matter, I can believe whatever I want. And what I want is to feel better (more gruel please?) about myself and my servitude/slavery. From a psychological point of view, there is very little difference between the King’s monarchy of old and the present day wage slave nation. In fact I would say it is worse today because in the days of King Arthur “We the Commoners” knew our place in the hierarchal order and had no fantastical aspirations of upward mobility because none was possible.

Essentially ‘exceptionalism’ (which in the modern era is carefully hidden within ‘nationalism’) plays off our hugely distorted and inflamed ego at every level, from the lone individual playing (and occasionally winning) online poker against faceless opponents to nations engaged in international sport or warring contests. A perfect example of the group or collective ego at play in a relatively benign environment is the national fanaticism expressed by all nations involved in the World Cup or the Olympics.

When considering armed conflict “We the War Mongersalways see our ‘selves’ as righteous and superior over those we wish to suppress. In essence we are desperate to be exceptional and will do just about anything to perceive ourselves as we wish, of course always with the expressed permission from an external authority so that we may keep our own hands clean. And if that means I must hold you back or under water, or kill you, in order to feel exceptional (or better yet, get the newly conditioned young adults to do the dirty work for you)……well, that’s just the natural order of things……right?

If I can’t be happy, you sure as hell won’t be either. How else can we internally rationalize and justify the killing and maiming of other humans beings, aside from the fact that most of “We the People” aren’t actually pulling the trigger or dropping the bombs? And the elite play us like dumb placid puppets, using our conditioned fears and inadequacies against ‘us’ and others. Divide and conquer, it works because we work it.

 

We the Puppets

 

The politically correct approach to paper over the raw exceptionalism “We the Puppetsall embody to some extent or another is to affirm the joining of many nations in peaceful commerce and play; fun and games really. But the real driving force and money behind the scenes is in the exploitation by the controlling elite of the collective ego against other collective egos, all fueled by the individual ego. The various media outlets help us to avoid confronting our own raw emotional investment by promoting feel good stories in various forms and functions.

Just look at the excitement when Jamaica fields a Bobsled team in the winter Olympics, an incredible accomplishment considering Jamaica is snowless year round. This warm and fuzzy moment shared by all helps mask the fierce nationalism fueled by exceptionalism at play throughout the athletic contest. In war “We the Pious” are extremely careful to seek positive affirmation we are doing ‘right’ from those in ‘authority’, thus receiving our certificate of goodness from the very same entity that is promoting the bloody destruction. How screwed up is that?  

To give the concept of exceptionalism serious and critical thought, one must begin to question the very idea of ‘human nature’, or more accurately what we often ascribe to human nature, thus writing our ‘normal and natural’ behavior off as nearly impossible to change or stop. Ask yourself honestly; what is the difference between deeply engrained generational conditioning spanning hundreds, even thousands of years, and what we describe as ‘human nature’, itself ultimately a phrase that describes something which springs from within ‘naturally’?

Is not ‘human nature’ just the deepest form of conditioning possible, innately derived and generated at the genetic level from eons of survival and cultural lessons learned? Regardless of whether the concept of ‘evolution’ is truly correct or not, few would argue over the notion that to a large extent we are a product of our conditioned environment, both past and present, and in every possible aspect of the word.

Or maybe to soften the egoic blow I should rephrase that last sentence to read “…few would argue over the notion that to a large extent we are a product of our culture…” Except (or course) when it interferes with our beloved belief in the gloriously self deceptive ‘free will’, such as the free will expressed when we are conditioned from first grade to pledge allegiance to the elite state. I love my masters; I really do!

Let us say that I turn left at the end of my driveway 90% of the time. But today, despite wanting to turn right and travel in a different direction, without thinking I do what I normally, or ‘naturally’, do and turn left. Should we ascribe my action as simply the product of ‘human nature’ or to self conditioning? Since most spontaneity and creative thinking is conditioned out of us by the time we graduate from high school, having been perfectly trained to be the corporate cog in the profit wheel, was my inadvertent left turn a product of my ‘self’ conditioning or just a small reflex in the much bigger cultural conditioning? I owe, I owe, so off to work go. And ‘left’ is where I go when I owe.

If our entire culture is deeply embedded within the controlling money meme and nearly everything we interact with on a daily basis is measured by, compared to or embodied within the fiat fantasy, can our overall behavior within the suffocating money meme be described as ‘human nature’ or ‘conditioned reflex’. Some better questions might be…do we even recognize the difference between those two choices and are there more? For the vast majority of “We the People” the answer to the previous questions is a resounding NO we don’t and YES there are. 

I propose that the psychological carrot offered by perceived exceptionalism, along with the stick of wage slavery and a conditioned mind, which the personal and collective ego quickly diminishes in importance by hiding ‘it’ in plain sight in the form of other ‘isms’ so that it may remain safely hidden from self perception and introspection, is the bedrock support for our self imposed slavery.

And as ridiculous as this may sound to the average Jane and Joe, the upper class (notice I did not say ‘controlling elite’) also suffers from their own form of self imposed slavery, though granted they are less concerned with day to day survival and much more with their social status and business connections. But the mechanisms involved remain pretty much the same as the unwashed masses. We are all trickled on pee-ons when you get right down to the nitty gritty. Some just smell and dress better than the others.

 

05-28-2014

Cognitive Dissonance

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Thu, 05/29/2014 - 11:34 | 4805770 orangegeek
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Freedom From The Known folks.

 

They call it spin for a reason.

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 11:09 | 4805659 Armed Resistance
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I like to read a lot, about just about anything. I must admit this writer is one of my favorite out there in cyberspace! The writing is not only rooted in sound mechanics but the sentence structure and flow duck and dive to peek into deep thought and a revealed self-discovery. The reader gets to a chance to not only "see" what the narrative uncovers, but to relive our own self discovery moments of realization on e very same subject matter.

Very cool piece and another favorite! Great work Cog!

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 10:34 | 4805520 Reaper
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Exceptional is just another label like special in Special Education to fool the foolable. Do they give you a "exceptional" label or do you reward it to yourself? Why are they the elite and you not? Did their ancestors fight and beat your ancestors? Well, that battle was then, let's try it again now. Who decides the labels decides the outcome? A two year old revolts with the word, NO. Are we programmed to forget?
Take your label and shove it.

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 10:22 | 4805476 UrbanBard
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I question articles where they don't define their terms. This allow the author to be wishy-washy. They make me guess at what they mean, rather saying it out. But, they said it outright I'd probably think that this is extraordinarily verbose nonsense.

I'll let it pass. Just wasted four minutes of my life on a pompous fool.

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 11:00 | 4805616 Armed Resistance
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" They make me guess at what they mean, rather saying it out."

You win!!! You were the first to directly display the desired conditioning of "just tell me what I need to think". Move your piece to go and collect $200 fiat dollars.

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 10:27 | 4805495 Cognitive Dissonance
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Wow, a speed reader. It takes me ten minutes to read the damn piece and I wrote it. :)

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 11:16 | 4805700 Hook Line and S...
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May I suggest that urbantard felt 'dissonance' upon reading the first paragraph...

and ran away quickly to get his urban horseblinders.

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 08:45 | 4805027 OC Sure
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This phenomenon of exceptionalism reminds me of what Julian Jaynes identified as the quest for authorization related to a time prior to man's invention of consciousness. The method by which modern authority controls its obsequious prey is as follows:

"324 Vestiges of the Bicameral Mind in the Modern World ?

 

the collective cognitive imperative, or belief system, a cul-turally agreed-on expectancy or prescription which defines the particular form of a phenomenon and the roles to be acted out within that form;

an induction or formally ritualized procedure whose function is the narrowing of consciousness by focusing attention on a small range of preoccupations;

the trance itself, a response to both the preceding, character-ized by a lessening of consciousness or its loss, the diminishing of the analog or its loss, resulting in a role that is accepted, tolerated, or encouraged by the group; and

the archaic authorization to which the trance is directed or re-lated to, usually a god, but sometimes a person who is accepted by the individual and his culture as an authority over the indi-vidual, and who by the collective cognitive imperative is pre-scribed to be responsible for controlling the trance state."

 

http://s-f-walker.org.uk/pubsebooks/pdfs/Julian_Jaynes_The_Origin_of_Consciousness.pdf   

- Julian Jaynes, The Origin Of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind; page 324

 

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 10:03 | 4805205 Cognitive Dissonance
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"....the collective cognitive imperative, or belief system, a cul-turally agreed-on expectancy or prescription which defines the particular form of a phenomenon and the roles to be acted out within that form;...."

I would put it slightly different.

"....the collective cognitive imperative, or belief system, a cult-urally agreed-on expectancy or prescription which defines the particular form of a phenomenon and the roles to be acted out within that form;...."

Did you notice the change? Ultimately 'belief systems' are CULTS. Once that recognition is understood and embodied, we begin to gather the courage to break from the herd........slowly.

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 10:41 | 4805544 OC Sure
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I see the change alright. You focussed on a typo in the copy/paste of the quote instead of the context of the reply. lol. The original quote does not have any hypens in the words. Those hypens here are from the end of line breaks of a word in the original text's paragraph. Sorry, i did not see them to edit them when i posted...

But I agree. Cult is the root word of Culture.

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 08:28 | 4804959 doomandbloom
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I think this article is...well...exceptional!

I have suffered from the exceptional virus in my head...and i have not been able to get rid of it fully. Its actually my defence mechanism too ( when i find others exceptional ). Not sure if i will ever be rid of it.

In the whole Carlos Casteneda series of books, his mentor, Don Juan is trying to get Carlos to let go of his 'self importance'...which i think is this exceptional feeling.

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 10:19 | 4805463 dontgoforit
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Casteneda was pretty good, I thought.  Whenever I grapple with 'issues,' personal or otherwise, I always recall the wise words: Pride cometh before a fall.  I can say, in my experience, that is very true.  Is it 'exceptional' to believe that if you are cognizant of what is truly wise, then you may in fact be exceptional?  Wisdom is worth more than all the money on earth and in QE etherland.  I find 'exceptionalism' a non-plus.  People are what they are.  I have known some really powerful and extraordinarily humble people and to me they were truly exceptional.  I've also known some folks on the other end of the spectrum and in certain ways they had exceptional qualities, too.  The folks in the middle - that's most of us - make attempts to be exceptional in our behavior and in how we treat other people, but I don't believe we give much thought to being 'exceptional' when we do something that contains a hearty dose of human compassion or empathy.

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 07:09 | 4804789 Notsobadwlad
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Exceptionalism controls the elitists as much as fear dominates those controlled by force. Or maybe it is fear that controls the elitists as well... a fear of not having enough, of not being in control of others (and therefore one's self) and of being judged unworthy by their peers. Fear is hard to escape in any form of existence. A loss of control to fear makes one grab tighter...

In my experience, "unity" is the answer ... but unity does not come from without, it comes from within. One does not defeat the dialectic by making one side win over the other. One defeats the dialectic by assimilating the two side into one...

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 07:40 | 4804857 Cognitive Dissonance
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It depends upon who you are calling 'elite'. From my point of view there are at most a few ten thousand 'elite'. Everyone else who would normally be thrown in the elite category are 'just' wealthy.

To generalize way too much........from my experience with managing money, my understanding of the money meme and psychology in general, one does not enter the realm of the truly 'elite' without being seriously mentally ill. There are things you must do on a daily basis to maintain your wealth and power at that level that border (if not cross over) on the sociopathic.

Don't get me wrong. We all live in an insane asylum, thus we are all mentally ill. But the elite are hopelessly afflicted and so they do the most damage. Think bull in a china shop.

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 06:05 | 4804724 new game
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one last thought; money= exceptionalism. we are programed to be excptnl via the pursuit of money!

how phoney is that, whilst all along the travel of life we are cluless of the controllers of the money have made us

paymasters for their control and use as we  let them. opt out the best way available(minimalism)...

less is moar (as a start down the road of self preservation and real happiness).

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 07:44 | 4804859 Cognitive Dissonance
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The money meme is a devastating mind virus that works hand in hand with exceptionalism.

Money is not the root of all insanity, the pursuit of money is.

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 09:41 | 4805297 dontgoforit
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Maybe so, but hunger is an extremely effective driving force.  Money = eat (for those of us who don't farm).

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 10:09 | 4805421 Cognitive Dissonance
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The unspoken reality is that productivity levels over the last 50 years have risen to the point where the average Joe does not need to work 40-60 hours a day in order to feed, house and clothe himself. So where has all the extra 'profit' from the productivity increases gone?

The control system realizes that if they allow the slaves a 20 or 30 hour week they might just have enough time to look around and recognize their slavery. Can't have that. 

Besides a busy slave is a happy slave.........right?

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 07:10 | 4804790 Notsobadwlad
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Star-Bellied Sneeches.

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 09:55 | 4805358 Mrs. Cog
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Now, the Star-Belly Sneetches. Had bellies with stars. The Plain-Belly Sneetches. Had none upon thars.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdLPe7XjdKc

No stars upon thars indeed.

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 05:26 | 4804696 new game
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self fulfilling exceptionalism whilst ignoring wtf i'm actualy doing- LOL cause it is the way it plays out day to day.

so, be'g not normal is good? oh yea! and you know who i'm talking about>YOU, (and that is a compliment), hehe.

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 04:19 | 4804668 Perfecthedge
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I liked the article.  The final words brought everything down:

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Wow! Are you fucking with me? Was that last paragraph not ironic? Maybe you forgot the /sarc tag.

In short: You are not special.  Don't think about exceptionalism.  Offers excepcional, PREMIUM membership, asking for money (like the elites do - join us - WE are better than anybody else and also send us your money).

Signing off.

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 09:21 | 4805199 taketheredpill
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He's asking YOU for money.  Which means ACCOUNTABILITY.

 

He could just as easily take Corporate handouts and plaster his website with advertising.  Which also handcuffs what he is able to do on the site so as not to piss off his "sponsors".

 

Pick yer poison.

 

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 10:26 | 4805490 Cognitive Dissonance
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Thank you.

In my "Welcome to Two Ice Floes" I explain that regardless of the appearance, we 'pay' for a 'free' Internet. I wanted to be able to say what I wanted without worry. And that goes for the forum membership as well. Paying sponsors are particular about what is said by their 'viewers'. The solution was to charge a small annual fee. 

In addition the small fee keeps the trolls out. They don't pay no stinkin fees. :)

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 05:29 | 4804701 new game
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hey dude, NOBODY rides for free! even if you are exceptionally exceptional. 

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 06:24 | 4804734 Ignatius
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I notice he's been around an exceptionally short 17 weeks.

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 07:33 | 4804844 Cognitive Dissonance
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LOL

The ass for an avatar says it all.

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 02:01 | 4804560 OldPhart
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I used to think I was exceptional, then I grew up and got old.  Having shit go wrong with your body from things you did in your youth suddenly makes you realize that the only exceptional thing about you is that you realize just how fuckin' fragile you really are.

And exceptional people cannot withstand any sort of mob all on their own, let alone any semi-organized mob.  With an organized mob, like our criminal government...I might take out two or three before the other fifty to a hundred take out me and everything around me.  I simply don't have the reaction time or situational awareness these days for the ambush tactics of the american gestapo.

I WILL fight and I will lose everything I cherish: my life and those within my vicinity. But I'm hoping that my resistance will make the next ambush more hesitant, and someone more capable will push a little further, and the next further...until they hesitate with ambush tactics.

Our overlords are the ultimate cowards sending others to fight their battles, and their minions, over time will adopt their cowardace.  That's when YOU can begin the necessary slaughter.

I'm at the age where people younger than me are starting to die of heart attacks and 'natural causes'.  I'm comfortably within the 'death range' and accept it.  Hopefully, I'll continue to exist to witness the change in paradigm, but I have no expectations.

I've said before that I have a vision of seeing my dessicated corpse lying on a dusty, desert dirt road.  I've had that vision for ten or fifteen years or so.  I live in the desert, there are still plenty of dirt roads, and my escape plan calls for me to head to a specific location in the desert.  I just don't know what will do me in...thirst, bullet, health...don't know.

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 07:32 | 4804841 Cognitive Dissonance
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I'm extremely exceptional.

I'm only 57 and have the body of a 65 year old. :)

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 01:36 | 4804536 ebworthen
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Cog, what are you talking about, I am exceptional!

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 07:31 | 4804839 Cognitive Dissonance
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All Cog's readers are exceptional.  :)

/super snarc sarc

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 01:35 | 4804533 basho
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what this article is saying, in more words than necessary, has been said hundreds of times over in fewer words. no one listened to it then. no one is listening now. because when you're exceptional, you don't listen. LOL

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 06:37 | 4804752 Winston Churchill
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Two words:

Stockholm Syndrome.

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 07:29 | 4804834 Cognitive Dissonance
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Ouch!

That's gonna leave a mark.

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 00:35 | 4804442 Godisanhftbot
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does exceptionally stupid count?

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 07:28 | 4804833 Cognitive Dissonance
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Only our enemies are exceptionally stupid. "We the Smart" are exceptionally brilliant for simply being born here.

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 09:38 | 4805285 dontgoforit
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My biggest disappointment in life has been myself.  But until the last breath, there's hope.

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 10:32 | 4805512 Cognitive Dissonance
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Don't be disappointed in yourself. It seems 'they' always forget to pack an owner's manual in the womb, forcing all of us to learn via on-the-job-training.

I think we need to unionize. :)

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 23:43 | 4804327 EscapingProgress
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What the fuck are you talking about Cog? WE ARE EXCEPTIONAL! My teacher told me so!

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 07:27 | 4804828 Cognitive Dissonance
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Yes. My biggest disappointment in life was never receiving my 'Participation Award" for just showing up.

We are all winners in the eyes of the state. Now get to work slave.

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 23:09 | 4804222 Eahudimac
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You can uncondition yourself if you first realize that you have been conditioned. That first step is the hardest part. There is no secret formula for figuring this out. One must first ask the question, "What are my beliefs" and then begin the journey to verify why you believe what you do. Somewhere along the way, the phase "question everything" stuck with me. I take very little at face value, unless I exepereince it, and even then I question the validity of my experience. Example: I have a conversation with a co-worker about getting a task accomplished. She says that she has completed A, B, and C. Maybe she did, but did it meet my expectations? Once I dig into the details I may find that it was not what I expected. The same applies for me. I said I completed X, Y and Z. Did I to her expectations? Anyway, I broke free of conditioned exceptionalism  starting in 2007. I would say 2010 is when I fully cut the cord. Now, I find the use of the word "elite" annoying. I think this word inflates the egos of those who are referenced as elite. These people are already egomaniacs. Why throw fuel on their psychological fire. I also don't consider myself exceptional, nor do I consider most people exceptional. The USA as a whole is surely not exceptional in everyway as some would like to have you think. It has its high points, don't get me wrong, but the lows are quickly catching up to the highs. There are some good people out there who I personally view as exceptional, but none of them are in government or politics, I can assure you that. Another issue is modern day wage slavery. Most people here on ZH understand this. 99% of the population does not. Until they do, how can the system as we know it change? Can the Fed, Washington and Wall St criminals continue to get away with robbing the citizens of their hard-earned money, oppressing thier liberty and controlling their minds? Ignorance is the duct tape that is holding this broken society together. 

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 09:29 | 4805245 taketheredpill
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It helps if you get fired.  A couple of years of humble job searching and the realization that you are more than your job helps you focus on what matters.

 

See so many people get sucked into buying the biggest house they can afford, leased Beemer, etc. etc. living hand to mouth and very, very exposed.

 

I drive a 2003 Civic and am happily paying off debts.

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 01:43 | 4804540 OldPhart
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"Can the Fed, Washington and Wall St criminals continue to get away with robbing the citizens of their hard-earned money, oppressing thier liberty and controlling their minds?"

Well, shit, yeah...the blue pill tastes like quasi-blueberries, and everyone loves blueberries.  Otherwise they wouldn't premake blueberry muffins for mass consumption.

As to making turns, if I get in the car with my wife to take her to work, there is a short way that she takes everyday; however if I notice that, once again, she has run the car down to fumes and that we need gas immediately; the simple act of making a left turn instead of continuing down the road on the 'short route' flips her the fuck out.

We've been married a pretty long time.  But this simple act will immediately push her buttons to where she's damned near in a panic.  "Where are we going?  This isn't the way!? Why did you turn?!"

The overall difference in the 'trip' to her work is less than 200 yards but she's a bitch for the next three days. 

(Though it might just be because I let her rant without answering until we get to the gas station. [Honestly, like I'm going to kidnap her?])

 

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 05:17 | 4804691 Mitzibitzi
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Mine used to be the same, so I adopted a policy - about 10 years ago now - of occasionally varying the route without giving a reason for it, while having a perfectly valid one ready, should she ask. She's stopped asking now.

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 07:50 | 4804867 Cognitive Dissonance
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We all have 'control' issues to one extent or another. I think some (most) of it is programmed into us in order to better control us.

After all, if we are constantly on edge and in need of 'control', yet we see ourselves as powerless and helpless (the slave mentality) we are very susceptible to manipulation. Our need for control, essentially a weakness, is expertly leveraged by the control system.........which we support. Simply brilliant how the control system is designed to self perpetuate and feed upon itself.

Why try to control the slaves when you can get them to control themselves?

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 01:38 | 4804538 basho
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breaking free means - no opinions

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 07:25 | 4804824 Cognitive Dissonance
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I disagree.

Breaking free means no artificially manufactured and conditioned 'beliefs'. One of our more serious psychological issues is the conflating of belief and opinion. For many who mentally operate using the mass media's horseshit as facts on which to basis their 'opinion' and 'belief', they are little more than horses being led to the water. Only in this case "We the Horses" drink deeply from the horseshit water.

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 22:56 | 4804180 blindman
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just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water ...
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"..In the fall of 1997, the Centers for Disease Control confirmed that the number of Americans living with diabetes has skyrocketed in the past 40 years with a record sixfold increase in this chronic disease since 1958. It is estimated that nearly 16 million Americans are suffering with diabetes and 5 million more may have it but not know it.
Over the past four decades, intensive national mass vaccination campaigns have dramatically increased vaccination rates among American children who now are getting 34 doses of 10 different viral and bacterial vaccines before they enter kindergarten. Recent published data in the medical literature suggest increasing numbers of childhood vaccines may be playing a role in the big jump in the number of cases of juvenile diabetes. ..." ...
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http://archive.wbai.org/#ankor11
Wednesday May 28 12:00pm 1 hour
minute 30 ...
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http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20130712-904463.html
Autism Epidemic Linked to Epidemic of Vaccine Induced Diabetes
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exceptionalism, indispensability and authority; hmmm ,
the connections and potentials stagger and boggle the mind.
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White House admits staging fake vaccination operation to gather DNA from the public
http://www.naturalnews.com/045318_fake_vaccines_DNA_harvesting_White_Hou...
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okay what next, more dots to connect.
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" ...Multiple credible scientific studies going back more then a decade, as well as internal documents from certain pharmaceutical companies that suppressed the information show that SSRI drugs ( Selective Serotonin Re-Uptake Inhibitors ) have well known, but unreported side effects, including but not limited to suicide and other violent behavior. One need only Google relevant key words or phrases to see for themselves. www.ssristories.com is one popular site that has documented over 4500 " Mainstream Media " reported cases from around the World of aberrant or violent behavior by those taking these powerful drugs." ....m.a.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/039752_mass_shootings_psychiatric_drugs_antid...
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fee paying patients star out as victims.

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 23:57 | 4804354 Aussiekiwi
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Here I was thinking that Diabetes was a result of the massive amount of Takeaways and Soda's you see Adults and Children stuffing their fat little faces with and the complete lack of any regular exercise.

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 00:33 | 4804439 blindman
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there is that. there is also a guy who says it is all inflammation
and lack of oxygen.
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Majid Ali, M.D. * Inflammation Increases the Risk of Cancer * Childrens Health Corps * Ali Academy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIsZUizoLiY
(and diabetes...)

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