Thank you to Gary Null, a survival activist for getting me to look at conditioning as often automatically enacted but not for our own good. Why in the world do we adults do this Why do allow minor mishaps or major destructive changes into the world like fracking or oil trains as if we have no choice? Feeling helpless, we turn away from the problem. Feeling frightened of the problem as well as of those who make the outcomes of doing it totally wonderful and the outcome of doing it a terrible loss, we turn away from the problem and turn off our minds. Some go so far as to deny that the problem exists. They say that global warming is a theory, not a scientifically supported fact. If enough raise their voices together it becomes more believable, at least to them.
In going along with things via a conditioning response, are we like children clinging to our parents who say don’t worry and I am taking care of you? This tendency begins in childhood with protective parents but why does it remain in adulthood? Is it an on/off reaction depending on the perceived danger?
Fear can make us retreat to childhood. When we are afraid of something we turn to those who claim to know better like children seeking their parent’s protection. We do it even though we actually know a lot that differs. We let our frightened emotions rule. We have a scary history about murder occurring to those who broke the mold and stood alone. Often, the murderer is presented by the press as a solitary and deranged killer although history shows that often, the murderer is the front man for a person or organization which wants the to-be-murdered person removed.
Lincoln who freed the slaves was shot by John Wilkes Booth; Martin Luther King, Jr. who supported a successful bus strike in Montgomery Alabama was shot on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel. People heard multiple shots but only one gunman was reported. The scene of the crime was dismantled overnight so that no investigation could occur. Malcolm X who told blacks to own their own businesses, their homes, their land, was shot.
Citizen’s power often comes from where they spend their money. A population totally dissatisfied with losing their jobs to countries whose workers accept pitiful wages, still buy the garments, TV, cars, stuff made there. They see the label Made in China/Bangladesh and buy it anyway. They guiltily smile when they notice. Laughter helps us ease even to deny our pain. Humor helps us deal with unavoidable tragedy but is not properly used for negative events which are foisted upon us. We who buy stuff made in other countries support our loss of our jobs. We need to look at labels.
TV floods us with advertisements to get us to need what they are showing. It encourages us to compete with the Joneses. President Bush’s response to 9/11 was to say, “Go shopping” to quiet our minds. He also at that point was confused.
The problem of our going along with what we shouldn’t is one of conditioning. We are first conditioned by our parents who told us what to do and then by “leaders” who applaud a lock-step approach to their plans. Rare individuals see the necessity of doing it their own way whether or not others agree. You cannot stop falling in line until you see that you automatically follow suit. There needs to be an internal assessment made before you decide. By thinking and feeling first, your conditioning stops being natural. There is a struggle is between being part of a group and standing in your own place. You may feel less alone if you join the world of living things as members of a family. What is good for that larger world is good for us all.
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