[I am composing this raw into my blog. The insight occurred less than an hour ago, and continues to emerge. It may be highly significant in comprehending the weird behavior of many humans today. I am compelled to start now. First draft took 3 hours composing. 01/13/18]
BACKGROUND: That we each/all LIVE in our own personally created, hallucinatory wrlds is now the accepted view of contemporary neuroscience. What I have done is apply this knowledge to the future of humankind. Most of our scientific knowledge (of humans) is ignored and not applied to our ongoing behavior.
We tend to think of a person’s wrld as relatively stable, even resistant to significant change. Yet, there are example of “disturbed” persons whose wrlds seem to change “pathologically”. So-called “multiple-personality” is an example. Cults are an example were persons have their private wrlds “shifted” to a shared “wrld”, through restricted environments and “indoctrination”. The stability of a person’s wrld, under highly constrained or highly variable environments, may be far more variable that we have assumed. The distribution of stable-to-unstable wrlds, in the global population, may be radically changing, due to many factors.
There is a positive aspect to our inherited propensity to form “cults” or “intense cultures”. We might comprehend early human tribes as cult-silos. Those who didn’t fit in either left, were eliminated, or became shamans. This is also an underlying “force” behind teams, crews, and communities. What has been unresolved, over the rise of human civilizations, is how populations with different cultures and belief system can become components (cells) of a viable, humanity (organism). A propensity for this is not in our DNA.
Many of us “scratch-our-heads” or “roll-our-eyes” in disbelief over the 180 degree reversals of GOP persons, stated as if everything was normal. Explicit video recordings of contradictory statements appear to have no impact. Trump is the exemplar of self-contradiction, yet his “stable genius” characterization is strongly defended. The GOP leaders are often shown, in video, standing-in-line “behind-their-master”, as if in trances.
WHAT IF THIS IS ACTUALLY AS IT APPEARS? The GOP has become a bizarre cult; their erratic behavior breaking “established norms”. But, before we become self-righteous, we must examine if we (and many others) haven’t also become members of Cult Silos! Our new Information Technology may be a strong contributor to this phenomenon.
Yet, this trend seems strongest within “authoritarian” societies. Have you ever wondered how the Germans and Japanese could “all” become monsters bent on brutal conquest; then – after defeat – become “pacifists”?
Is the concept of a “core self” (who we really are), a myth? There is a DNA determined brain structure, but they determine propensities as well as instincts. Western persons (I don’t know about the others) believe that they chose who they become, or are blocked in so becoming by others or circumstances. There is no scientific evidence for this claim. Indeed, our creative agency probably has little effect on who we become as adults.
At each decision-moment in our lives, we may have potential options, but our biological states at those moments-of-decision will determine what we do. In Stimulus/Response behavior, humans are highly deterministic. Our creative agency occurs during our spontaneous actions (not responses to stimuli), when our biological states may shift so as to be different (for subsequent decision-moments).
Those persons of high achievement, if their whole lives were analyzed in depth, it would probably demonstrate that it was the whole “social context” that led to the achievement. The magazine Fast Company highlights those who achieve with intention, which may appear to contradict my proposition that we don’t chose who we become. Query: what factors led these specific individuals to engage the societal process leading to “success” and what factors resulted in their “rising to the top”, in the competition. Were they, as children, destined to succeed? Some inherited traits, such as aggressiveness, may contribute to “success in some systems”, but this doesn’t prove that their “free will” “choice to succeed” was the primary determinant.
I return to the local/immediate crisis we face with the Trump/GOP in the USA and similar development globally.
I propose that this radical “shifting” of silos-to-cults is the by-product ot the convergence of technological innovations.The rise of the Nazi Mindset has been attributed to the new innovation of public radio. History needs reassessment in terms of tech innovations. What changes were catalyzed by the printing press, the steam engine, oil, electricity, the computer? Humankind has deluded itself to believe it is “in charge”.
The current determining innovation is a convergence of many innovations. It would not be productive to argue which were more important. Many innovation systems were/are involved: Rapidly Emergent Intelligent (computer) Technology, Social Media, Mobile Gateways (smart phones), Media Silos, Super-Corps (Apple, Google, Facebook, etc.), Online SEAFed Hi-Finance, Globalization, Hi-Intelligence, Big Data, Psych-Ops, Augmented Propaganda, Surveillance, Hacking, Targeted Assassination & Blackmail, Technologically Augmented Corruption, ETC.
Let us return to the present and the Silo-Cult of the GOP and the short-term future of the USA.
IF, what is proposed is true, contemporary techniques to confront/defeat the GOP may well not succeed. This is far, far from our only crisis. We are actually in midst of a Crisis-of-Crises, orders-of-magnitude greater than ever experienced by humankind. I may list some of these crises later. However, this issue is immediate, and is critical to our ability to confront this catastrophic Crisis-of-Crises.
IT IS IMPERATIVE that Organized Active Change Agents (OACA) uplift themselves to discover/apply a more accurate model of humankind, than the current, grossly inaccurate model.
FACT: Over the centuries of the Scientific Era, the accumulated knowledge about humans, gained by research, has seen very limited application in the design and functioning of societal systems. Physical systems were greatly improved. Indeed, new knowledge improved the power of elite control of populations. HiTech has subverted the weak forms of “democracy”, before they took root.
FACT: The Trump/GOP/Corp-Handlers will not accept defeat, in future elections. They are totally committed to their coup. In their wrlds, this is a sacred crusade against “evil”. In last resort, if forecast to lose in the fall 2018 elections, a False-Flag event will occur and the election will be (indefinitely) postponed.
However, it is speculated that the “intelligence” behind this coup is powerful; and not evident in the visible players. The coup has been emergent for decades, involving the most wealthy, able to hire the most technologically competent. They are comfortable and secure, and able to be patient. This long-term (generational) planning was traditional (& necessary) centuries ago; and continues within family elites (and other nations, still deep in these cultural traditions). Reality is a mix of spontaneous happenings to generational plotting.
HOW MIGHT WE CHANGE, SO AS TO FACE THIS CHALLENGE?
NOTE: OUR CHANGE must be prior to any action to challenge the coup. This what I mean by the priority of UPLIFT. If we act impulsively and prematurely, we may well make things worse. Currently, we are working in context of a grossly inaccurate model about the “nature of humankind”. Our “enemies”, although far from comprehensive in the models of reality, are more accurate than we on some specifics – enabling them to indoctrinate and move populations to support them and oppose us.
THIS IS CRITICAL: We must strongly resist our “natural impulse” to fight and resist. What we face are SOCIETAL challenges, not environmental challenges we evolved to face with our (still) tribal/hunter-gatherer brains.
Polls are no longer sufficient measures of populations. They measure uninformed opinion. They have little relevance as to future behavior. We are quite ignorant “who we are” and “how we change”.
We have no accurate knowledge of the “odds” for our success/failure. We are grossly unaware of our vast potentials and resources. Nor are we aware of the internal difficulties encountered by the coup. There is evidence that there are competing coups, fighting each other. The consequences of Earth Changes (well beyond Climate Changes) my soon disrupt everything. The “very top elites” have the resources to survive; but they may have little power over others.
THE INTENT of this post is to CALL ATTENTION to the high possibility that the GOP is not a political party but a CULT SILO. This phenomenon way be epidemic in humankind. Indeed, WE MAY BE INFECTED.
The above is a tentative work-in-progress. It requires critiques and participatory development. Yet, time is short, until November. Also, is it safe for our work to be conducted in the open? Would our work be recognized as a threat to the coup – if not by the Trump/GOP cult-silo, but by their Corporate/Geek handlers (who are also in their own, unique cult-silos)? What cult-silos emerge around persons of extreme power?