Does “mainstream culture” teach “naive distrust”… or “naive trust?”

MH (whom I understand to be a legal immigrant from the UK to the US) wrote:
Which one describes America:
1) an indoctrinated distrust of “others”
2) [several other options that JR is omitting]
JR replied:
Ultimately, America is just a label (a linguistic “identity”). People can argue over that label if they like.
More important (to me) than labels is experience. Someone can attempt to argue with me about my experience, though that may just be them attempting to suppress it (like in order for them to “hold it together” – to abruptly silence any commentary that they fear would trigger explosions of terror or shame for them).
In our midst, there is a culture that programs massive amounts of insecurity and peer pressure (which sets up cognitive dissonance and many other “problems”). There is pressure toward blind obedience and trust.

That pressure includes pressure about conceptual ideals of what should be or what should not be, plus a rigidity that “our (mass-programmed) ideals are the only valid ideals.” Thus, our “meta-ideal” about our other ideals is that “our ideals are holy and sacred and should NEVER be questioned or explored or modified.” (But any other ideals besides “ours” should blindly submit to / evolve to ours- instantly).

Along with the “flight *toward blind trust of authorities” is a flight *from a contrasting potential. Why flight/ fleeing? Again, the foundation is peer pressure, intimidation, programmed social anxiety, or terror / panic. So, there is constant stress plus “fleeing” as the only socially-approved response.

And while it is more obvious what we are programmed to flee toward (blind trust in some external authority), it may be more important what we are programmed to flee from, which is accountability. However, the topic of accountability is so taboo that most people may have rather little familiarity with what I mean by that.

To clarify, I do not mean guilt. Guilt is hugely promoted- individual guilt for a country’s practices or history, guilt for some genetic or racial ancestry, guilt for being male or female etc…. For example, (deceptive) guilt-tripping was used to pressure (harass / bully) the US in to invading Europe (multiple times).
Also, guilt about what I personally did or did not do is NOT the same as regret or accountability. Guilt is about the future more than about the past.

Guilt is a type of fear or distress or hysteria about potential future social punishments for past actions. Regret is much less terrifying- just disappointment about the results that have already been produced.

Disappointment plus motivation equals motivation. In other words, disappointment about the past is just part of the learning process. It just triggers slowing down and exploring new courses of action. It does NOT trigger despair- which guilt often does.
In contrast, guilt cripples people. It leads to despair or depression- which are intense states of anxiety. Mere regret does not involve anxiety or hysteria.
So, Accountability is related to intelligence. Accountability includes being aware of preferences and values, then awareness of patterns of action related to cultivating what is valued (and avoiding or reducing contrasting potentials). Ultimately, accountability might just be “speaking intelligently about values and actions.”
I mention speaking because accountability is definitely related to what we say, like promises to produce a result, to take certain actions or not to take others, and so on. It is about communication.
But communicating responsibly, accountably, and intelligently is a massive taboo. Why? Because communicating like that can bring to light the context of social pressure, the fanaticism(s) of the mainstream herd, the roots of that fanaticism, and the “lives of quiet desperation (suppressed insecurity)” that we have led and witnessed in our midst, plus the massive GRIEF that we have been programmed and intimidated in to suppressing and denying (as well as fury or rage etc).
Last, the taboo on accountability is evident in the culture of blame (and resentment, animosity, hatred, anti-hatred hatred, etc). Fleeing from accountability, we may blame “the authorities” (that we blindly and naively trusted). What benefit does that provide us?
Or, we blame “that one group that is ruining everything and preventing paradise on earth.” Or, we blame that one person- ooo yes one of everyone’s favorite resentment: “the one who betrayed / abandoned / ruined me.”
Of course, we may frequently replace the last “one big traitor” with the latest. Then we can say things like “all women cannot be trusted” or “all men cannot be trusted.”
What is under all of that? “Mountains” Of Grief. Terror about displaying or releasing that grief. Why? Expectation of a massive concentration of social animosity / hatred / ridicule as “punishment”.
There is Suppression of aggression (through intimidation/ threats of aggression/ organized government coercion). It is the classic “dense plantation” of the serfs all crammed together in cities.
The rulers take 40% (or whatever) of the earnings of the serfs. The serfs – in many cases – fight amongst themselves over the crumbs that the rulers scatter amongst them occasionally.
Could we resent the rulers for such actions? Sure, but there is no benefit (or accountability / integrity) in such “glorious resentments.” There is only vanity (as in a coping mechanism for the distress that might be consistently ineffective / frustrating).

 

MH replied: 

I love the way your mind works, man!

 

JR added:
As a side note, almost all of what I wrote above in regard to “culture” is really about the indoctrination rituals of mainstream public education. While mass media and video games etc are not insignificant, they are not enforced with legal coercion like government-regulated schools are.
MH added:
 Absolutely.

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