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Normal people scare me

10 November 2009 by Mike Gogulski
Posted in mind control, people | 12 Comments »

All around the world, including on the other side of this screen you are reading now, people act according to what I call little mental programs.

They learn to obey mommy and daddy (or whomever the child-rearers are in their lives), and to transfer those patterns of obedience on to and to adopt them from individuals and institutions of all sorts: schools, churches, teams, states, media, politicians, leaders, prophets, bosses, generals, traditions, cultures.

The Bellamy salute, Occupied Hawai'i, 1941

The Bellamy salute, Occupied Hawai'i, 1941

Precious few seem to ever learn the value of questioning everything put to them by these people and institutions, to deconstruct the self-perpetuating mind-viruses they transmit, and to confront the truths of our common reality for themselves. Instead, too many fall into those patterns and enact those little mental programs.

The most successful of these programs ultimately include directives to retransmit them to others — and to shun those who refuse to absorb and adopt them.

“Christmas is the most important holiday of the year” is a proposition many would agree with — despite the fact that “Christmas” and “holiday” are mere social constructs built upon thousands of years of mindless obedience to unfounded tradition. Their value emerges not from any aspect or quality of the world as it is, but rather from the social acceptance gained by going along with and acting according to the proposition.

“Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country” — a mind-control slogan if there ever was one, cloaking the interests of power elites to enslave and exploit their subjects in wars for profit, while invoking “goodness” and “community” in the form of the imaginary construct called “one’s country”. Militarism reached its pinnacle thus far in the 20th century, and one can only hope that the mountains of millions of corpses it generated will be its only legacy into the future. I can’t help but wonder, though, if we as a species, as a global culture, have been at all purged of the tendencies and weaknesses which led to all that slaughter.

Indeed, as I look around, I seriously doubt it.

Mind you, writing your own programs for life in this world we share is hard. Nobody teaches you this in school. In some ways, it is a skill that can’t be taught in traditional fashion, since metaprogramming the human biocomputer is not something which lends itself well to being broken down into the component bits that the Prussian-model education system we are all so many of us are products of requires.

Be born to Muslim parents, and you’re expected to be a Muslim. Grow up in Pittsburgh, and you’re expected to be a Steelers fan. Become a citizen of Norway by accident of birth, and you’re expected to self-identify as “Norwegian” for the rest of your life. Be born to “democracy”, and you’re expected to be a voter. And on and on.

Violate these patterns, and those around you brand you odd.

And this is considered “normal”.

Normal people scare me.

  1. 12 Responses to “Normal people scare me”

  2. By Britney Bennett on 10 November 2009

    Soren Kierkegaard said it best – “When you label me, you negate me.”

    We are more than our labels.

  3. By George Donnelly on 10 November 2009

    LOL, great points. We should be scared of them because they are automatons, and not thinking beings.

  4. By Jim Davidson on 10 November 2009

    There is much to this labeling idea. Neal Stephenson runs with it in _Cryptonomicon_ pointing out that when you say “Joe is an addict” you are also, in a way, saying “Joe isn’t a person. He isn’t worth regarding as a sovereign individual. Treat him as you would any other garbage.”

    Enoch Root, the character who goes over this point, says that he prefers the German way of describing it, “morphium suchtig” or “morphine seeking.” That describes his behavior, but doesn’t replace Joe with “addict.” Because, after all, Joe does other stuff that isn’t addictive.

    In “The Morpheus Proposal” I make the analogy to the lesson of the agents, that “anyone still hard wired into their system” can become an agent of the state. That’s true for people who have much to lose – families, houses, jobs, connections to the grid in all kinds of ways. They can be persuaded, often without much effort, to spy on their neighbors, etc.

    But I’m not sure how many of these people there really are. You see them portrayed a great deal in film and television. But how many “man on the street” encounters are locked away in studio archives because they didn’t want to air the cynical view of the person who had a skeptical reaction? How much of what we experience in others is what they want to show the world, rather than their hidden face?

    One also has to wonder how long the instruction set is going to survive in the increasing meme competition going on. The deuteronomists wrote a passage into the Hebrew bible that demanded that the king read it every day and make a copy of it, adding not one letter to it, taking not one letter away. Evidently that worked for a few hundred years until Jerusalem was sacked and many Jewish scholars taken away into bondage.

    Even without kings, we find groups of, e.g., Essene Jews keeping up the practice so that the bible they copied two thousand years ago is identical in text to the one we have today, character for character. Except the book of Esther, I think, or something like that. But the Essenes didn’t need kings, or a temple, or Roman governors to engage in their craft of scholarship.

    Nor do we. Individuals can engage in agorism, programming, web development, art, architecture, and all kinds of other activities without let or permit, without being part of a hierarchy. Often without being “on the grid” or having a regular job or a regular mortgage payment. Children respond well to independent study and unschooling and all manner of other opportunities.

    The unremarkable persons who go along to get along, who don’t rock the boat, who follow orders pretty well, also don’t innovate very often. Some do, and change their way of being. But many wait for the next thing to be supplied by someone else.

    Much of what we see in the world today continues only because so many are, as the song says, “waiting on the world to change.”

    When enough people are sufficiently fed up, the world will change, again.

  5. By Neo Jon on 10 November 2009

    @Jim Davidson

    Possibly thanks to the rise of ADHD (or whatever) will we have more and more people becoming fed up pretty quickly!

    In all seriousness, all those willing today must guard the last human city on Earth, our Zion. You all know what it is! Many of the jobs Jim listed can’t exist as easily or at all. Its demise would set us back 20 to 30 years.

    We can’t let the “last city” turn into one giant public school. Never!

  6. By Mike Gogulski on 11 November 2009

    s/and to transfer those patterns of obedience on to individuals and institutions/and to transfer those patterns of obedience on to and to adopt them from individuals and institutions/

    Better.

  7. By Mike Gogulski on 11 November 2009

    @Jim: What you’ve written deserves a separate treatment. Thanks for giving me important stuff to think about and to reconnect with.

    Meanwhile, would that there were more like the Essenes, and fewer of the zomboid bastards I see.

  8. By Gilligan on 11 November 2009

    They scare me too. When you’re intellectually crippled by public education in the arguably most receptive period of your life, and further conditioned by pro-State media shills/trolls, how do you get out?

    How do I prevent these people from exerting control over me when their older?:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdPSqL9_mfM

    And I get called a nutbar?

  9. By Mike Gogulski on 11 November 2009

    @Gilligan: Oh shit, fuck, I don’t know. Fuck, fuck. I was worried for the moment about those of my own generation so hopelessly bent, I’d completely forgotten about the youth of tomorrow who will oppress us just the same.

    Oh fuck. Fuck.

  10. By P.M.Lawrence on 11 November 2009

    “…the Prussian-model education system we are all products of…”.

    No, not all of us. I myself went to a British Public School (public as in public telephone, i.e. as opposed to privately educated by tutors or in schools attached to cathedrals etc., and not free but fee paying, not public as in public service, i.e. publicly funded and free at point of use). That is not only a considerably older tradition than the Prussian one but also largely uninfluenced by it in more recent times.

  11. By John Galt on 12 November 2009

    How can they exert control over you if they cannot find you?

    “What do we want? I don’t know, what do we want?”

    “I know what you want. You want to be invisible, invincible, invulnerable. You want to come and go like the wind, unnoticed but all pervasive.”

    “Yes! That’s what we want! Can we have it by Thursday?”

  12. By Mike Gogulski on 12 November 2009

    @P.M.Lawrence: Point taken, and text updated.

  13. By Jeremy on 30 November 2009

    Gang stalking is the hidden edge that keeps the masses from waking up. I know that nobody who’s not a target (outside of a small clique of conspiracy theorists) believes in this stuff, but it’s quite real – East Germany was the prototype, and now we’re getting a dictatorship rolled out in the NATO nations, right under everyone’s noses.

    Of course it might all end up spinning out of control anyway. That’s my hope.


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