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  •  Well, I'll tell you what. (6+ / 0-)

    A very long time ago, a supervisor (the last I ever had) advised that I needed to learn what could be changed and what couldn't and suggested that God would provide the grace to tell the difference. My response then was that, in order to know, I'd have to first try to make a difference. And so, I've spent 50 years doing that and now I'm to the point of realizing that some people simply cannot be led to comprehend what their brains are not prepared to receive.

    Is it cognitive dissonance or cognitive absence? I'm inclined to go with the latter. Some people are incapable of knowing themselves or what they do. Socrates and Jesus Christ both identified them. People who know not what they do and act out of habit or in imitation. Imitation is particularly deceiving because imitation not only flatters but enables complex behaviors without revealing that there's no cognition.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sun May 05, 2013 at 02:56:30 PM PDT

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    •  All true, hannah (2+ / 0-)
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      I often wonder if, at some point, our average Jane and/or Joe, at some young age, doesn't sever the connection between the heart and the brain.  Did you know the heart precedes the brain function?  Without conciously asking the heart to inform the brain (that still small voice), or worse willfully ignoring the promptings of the heart, people can't behave in a holistic manner.

      We are talking about people here, so of course no generalization can apply and the variables are many; however, with some exceptions of course, I refuse to believe that people are not responsible for their choices on how to think and behave even though the constraints are oppressive in too many cases, like deep poverty, oppression, and being treated without basic dignity.

      In this and too many societies, too many peope are left at the botton of the Maslo pyramid of needs.  I think it drives many insane, quite frankly, while many find some inner strength to drag themselves out of the slime, renew themselves, and live good lives.  Victor Frankl addresses this in his book, Man's Search for Meaning.

      From personal experience, I can clearly remember the times, even the words, when my heart prompted me to make a change, what to say, where to find something, etc.  More often than not, I listened and probably saved myself a world of trouble.

      This persistent willful ignorance on behalf of the Right Wing here and throughout the world is a huge constraint, keeping societies divided, incomes unequal, and the large list of societal, environmental, and oppressions in place.

      It makes me sad and wondering if we will ever get the courage to suffer for a short time in order to resist the system that is oppressing?  What would that suffering look like?  Hunger?  Homelessness?  Group housing?  I honestly am stumped.

      It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

      by War on Error on Sun May 05, 2013 at 04:57:20 PM PDT

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      •  No suffering required. Just standing together. (0+ / 0-)

        The deprivation is being imposed virtually by relying on two figments of the imagination -- money and the law. Both, being virtual, can be adjusted quite easily, once we out and decry their use to subordinate our own kind.
        It was thought that "equality" held the key. But it turns out almost the whole population can be equally deprived of their livelihood and their rights. What we need to address is the notion that subordination of human beings is wrong -- that abuse and enforced obedience are wrong.
        I suppose that in order to do that we have to make a distinction between enforced obedience and the prohibition of wrong and realize that compliance does not eliminate wrong behavior because enforced obedience is itself the essence of wrong.
        There is a difference between following and being dragged along.

        We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

        by hannah on Mon May 06, 2013 at 03:22:23 AM PDT

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