We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore LappĂ©, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Monday, August 8, 2016

Scientific study reveals conspiracy theorists the most sane of all

Click here to access article by J. D. Heyes from Natural News.
'The research showed that people who favored the official account of 9/11 were generally more hostile'
From personal experience with leaving comments critical of conventional views expressed in mainstream internet sites, I have often experienced extremely hostile ridicule. It seems to me that people who do not question authorities are people who have abandoned any effort to think for themselves. They are like children who never grow up and come to a mature understanding that no one person's views of reality are correct all the time. Thus their egos are especially vulnerable to people who question conventional views, and as a result they lash out at those who question. This can be true for people on the political left--although usually for different reasons--as well as people on the right. For such people the only option is to select which authorities to believe. Too often their choice is someone or source that exudes power and wealth.

We are all socialized to believe authority figures. This naturally occurs given the long years of childhood dependency on parents, but it is strongly reinforced by ruling classes in all institutions simply because of the basic illegitimacy of their self-serving rule. Their continued rule depends to a considerable extent on their subjects' willingness to believe the authorities that they have appointed to every institution.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting post.
    If anyone wants the source,here's the 2013 study:
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3703523/
    And, here's an abstract of their 2012 work:
    http://spp.sagepub.com/content/early/2012/01/18/1948550611434786.abstract

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