Why People would rather Die -- than be Wrong
Updated: Dec 29, 2021
Today we are running headfirst into people that won't discuss certain topics, supposedly taking the ‘higher road’. Anything else is against the rules. But whose rules? Why have their minds locked out imagination and independent thought? Why have they caved to external control?
"Idle hands are the devil's workshop." How about an idle mind? The mind can be engaged by manipulation or inspired by one's imagination. Questions are the tools of the imagination. The manipulators limit the questions you can ask so as to control your focus.
A rule is a belief: If X exists, then perform Y. After Y is performed, you may perform S. One can learn such a rule through experience or opt for blind acceptance. For example, were you taught “the only good snake is a dead snake” thereby slaughtering every one you come across? This latter rule is not only incorrect (only 10-15% of snakes are venomous and just want to be left alone); it's hazardous to the ecosystem that needs snakes to balance the population of mice and keep other pests in check. Yet many people have this belief based on fear or ignorance. And refuse to question it.
I know a guy who refused to question it. Why? Programmed, hypnotized, phobia, take your pick, but the person often refuses to admit they are "wrong." In school, what is the worst thing you can be? "Wrong." You are rewarded for the "correct" answer and punished for the "wrong" one. This unconsciously sets up the student with the desire to never be wrong.
You can't be rational with a "feeling" of never be wrong. However, you can be an excellent tool in the Orwellian-controlled New Normal society. Why? Because you will follow "orders." The rules. You strive to be correct (good) and fear being wrong (bad). These people are addicts to their rule-based thoughts.
Can one break through a mind that refuses to question their beliefs in, say does "the virus" really exist? At best you can search for a "need" which would benefit the person. If this need is compelling enough, then the person may entertain an open-minded discussion. Using words like "hypothetically" to frame the conversation can help. Realize there is an unconscious investment in keeping this topic off the discussion list.
What makes someone open-minded? Life experience, an innate curiosity, a born rebel? Regardless, we all have limits on how imaginative we will get on a topic. Today, it’s theorized by psychologist Prof. Mattias Desmet that 30% of the population are deeply hypnotized. Forget about them. 40%, or the middle, are the “go along with the crowd folks” and can be persuaded to think critically. It’s the remaining 30% who actively oppose the New Normal. These heroic people need to realize that they are in "sales." You can't sell to a suspect; you can only sell to a prospect. A prospect wants your "result" (benefits) but hasn't selected a product or is skeptical of the status quo. A suspect is a person who doesn't want your result (going back to just "normal"). The best salespeople know the difference and learn how to guide their prospects to choose their solutions.
Incidentally, the New Normal has been sold by the best salespeople on Earth. This project was generations in the making.
How does one control their own rules? By learning how rules-beliefs are constructed. Your beliefs will be unique to you yet similar to others. You may have "global" beliefs that "everybody knows..." (but have you dissected them for truths?). We must question our own beliefs as to what context they are valid or not. Do they help or hinder you? What if you decided to no longer believe a rule? Make sure you consider your behavior may change, and consequences could occur for better or worse.
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