posted on Aug, 21 2008 @ 05:56 PM
I should have answered the questions as posed, not just offer my own rambling opinion, for the sake of research if no other.
Questions for Research:
1. What are the benefits of belonging to a social organism? Why do we strive to be part of something and impose artificial definitions on our
otherwise unlimited being?
Safety in numbers. Being allowed access to the cultural "benefits" that range from, "we know how to make fire and use language" to "we have
penicillin and genetic engineering."
2. What are the disadvantages of taking in a fixed identity too strongly? (Apart from the predictability I pointed out)?
You deviate from the truth of yourself as an evolution. This can cause you pain if you remember and identify with all your bad actions, as you never
move past them. Or it can cause you pain if you identify with your positive accomplishments, as you then grieve the past and have difficulty finding
joy in your present.
Those are personal identities. If you mean a fixed social group, then a danger of too strong an identification is that you lose the ability to define
yourself. If your group becomes dogmatic, suicidal, homicidal, and you are too strongly identified with the group, well then you must be that as
3. Who are we beyond the artificial labels and stereotypes?
We are always what we are. The labels are meaningless in regard to our Selves, they are mental games we play to make ourselves look a certain way to
others and in our minds. It doesnt matter to what level this "identity" is taken, if you wear the clothes, read the books, etc., all of that is
mental and choices the mind makes for the body. The Self that is not the mind, is what it is, regardless what the mind does and makes the body do.
4. In which way could it be fun to change ones group-identification once in awhile?
I really dont know. I just dont think about myself in that way. I dont think of myself as a member of a group. I am not a woman, I am a me that is
female. I dont identify with the group of "women." Nor even the class of "humans." Even though I share many traits with both groups, I still
feel like "me." In my way of thinking, I can pick or choose "behaviors" from any group with impunity, and if I find out it wasnt for me, set it
down with as little concern.
And most importantly:
5. Which subcultures, social organisms, groups, cults seem to be artificially engineered for the purpose of controlling humans?
Without YOUR definition of artificially engineered being made clear, I dont quite know what to make of that question. If deliberately human
structured is the "artificial thing" then all of them are. However, humans evolved on this planet along with the rest of nature, so how
"artificial" can anything we do be?
If you are referring to the difference between a social structure that evolved unintended, rather than one that was thought up, planned, and then
handed to a group of people that are unaware of the "plan" then most of them are "artificial." Most of what we currently see as "social
structure" has been planned for us. Even fashion trends, and how "hot" cellphones are. However all the plans that are plotted are not successful,
they have to be "acceptable" on some level to the masses who have to buy in, and so in that way, it isnt the plotting itself (the artificial aspect)
that makes then successful, but the acceptability (the natural and unplannable bit) that makes them succeed. The best plotters take into account our
natural tendencies, but then that leaves us with a mixture of nature and artifice. Not wholly one nor the other.