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OfflinePhluck
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Mom, Dad, God, and the Government
    #1874044 - 09/02/03 02:31 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Most animals, humans included will attach themselves to their mother from birth. We instinctively believe that our mother represents protection and wisdom. Our mother is always able to clearly define right and wrong. We're taught that if we do what is good, then things will turn out for the best.

When we begin to mature, we realize that our parents are just people like us. They don't really have any answers, and they're often wrong.

I don't think the instinct we had as children goes away completely. We still often feel that there is a clear cut GOOD and BAD. That there is a force with all knowledge and power. So we invented God. God had all that shit figured out, and if did what God dictated as good, we'd find true happiness and peace.

I was just thinking, this mentality may also explain the great deal of conspiracy theories out there. There are quite a few people who've learned to distrust the government, but they still operate on the assumption that the government is all seeing, all knowing, and infinitely powerful.

That's all for now.


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Re: Mom, Dad, God, and the Government [Re: Phluck]
    #1874123 - 09/02/03 03:02 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

I agree. I've observed people while they discuss "The Government", and most of the time they speak of it as some kind of ambiguous entity that actually has a single consciousness of its own, instead of it being a group of humans making decisions.


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Re: Mom, Dad, God, and the Government [Re: chunder]
    #1874145 - 09/02/03 03:08 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Indeed - and a group of humans who are no brighter, insightful, or far-seeing than any of the rest of us.

Don't ever forget that WE ARE the government - and if you want to change things, you have the power to do so. We just need more of us who want change than those (in power now) who don't. Simple math, really.

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Re: Mom, Dad, God, and the Government [Re: GernBlanston]
    #1874196 - 09/02/03 03:22 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

There are quite a few people who've learned to distrust the government, but they still operate on the assumption that the government is all seeing, all knowing, and infinitely powerful.

Bingo.
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Re: Mom, Dad, God, and the Government [Re: Phluck]
    #1874244 - 09/02/03 03:35 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

i love my mommy


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Re: Mom, Dad, God, and the Government [Re: GernBlanston]
    #1874729 - 09/02/03 05:51 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Quote:

GernBlanston said:
Indeed - and a group of humans who are no brighter, insightful, or far-seeing than any of the rest of us.





There are varying degrees of brightness, insightfulness, and the ability to judge what is happening now and the most likely, possible outcomes from the future.

Granted, I am DEFINITELY not saying that they are in the White House. But there is NO "rest of us". Everyone is different, and has different hardware specifics and different software installed.
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Re: Mom, Dad, God, and the Government [Re: chunder]
    #1876447 - 09/03/03 03:40 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Quote:

I've observed people while they discuss "The Government", and most of the time they speak of it as some kind of ambiguous entity that actually has a single consciousness of its own



This thinking is often applied to other things beside the government. The object can be any group of people that has a label, or in extreme cases it can even be natural forces and inanimate objects. I think it's an artefact of our mental development. At some stage we understand that there are other conscious minds in the world, and they cause things to happen. At that point it's easy to ascribe a separate conscious mind to every name that identifies a cause.


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Re: Mom, Dad, God, and the Government [Re: Phluck]
    #1877158 - 09/03/03 01:06 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

two books that explore the creation of Spectacle:

Society of the Spectacle

and The Mass Psychology of Fascism (this particular link shows Reich's book performed by the Security Camera Players).

peace :smile: 


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Re: Mom, Dad, God, and the Government [Re: Phluck]
    #1877209 - 09/03/03 01:32 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

My mom was never wrong. I know this because she told me so.


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Re: Mom, Dad, God, and the Government [Re: Phluck]
    #1877671 - 09/03/03 03:55 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Well, that's one way of looking at it.


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