posted on May, 4 2010 @ 05:32 AM
Originally posted by Nightaudit
And this is something that really, really annoys me. I mean there are so many clever reporters and analysts and institutes that talk about economics
and finance in general. How is it possible that most of them miss the fact that almost all countries keep digging their own graves? It is not exactly
It's a lot like George Orwell's system of "doublethink."
For example, let's look at his concept of "crimestop"
for a moment:
"...The first and simplest stage in the discipline, which can be taught even to young children, is called...crimestop. Crimestop means the faculty of
stopping short, as though by instinct, at the threshold of any dangerous thought. It includes the power of not grasping analogies, of failing to
perceive logical errors, of misunderstanding the simplest arguments if they are inimical to [the party ideology], and of being bored or repelled by
any train of thought which is capable of leading in a heretical direction. Crimestop, in short, means protective stupidity."
On one level people realize full well what is going on, or at the very least know things don't add up. But they deceive themselves because in many
situations self-deception actually serves quite well in the struggle for self-preservation.
It's been shown that you can convince others more of
anything if you truly believe it yourself. And while rationally this would suggest that the healthy way to live is to thus only tell the truth, in
fact it splits the brain such that the outermost ego-shell remains in a kind of semi-trance where their understanding is purposefully surpressed.
Meanwhile, the the uglier task of actually being aware of what is going on is delegated to a semi-subconscious level.
Let's look at your example of media "experts," pundits, and their ilk. Because of media consolidation, their ultimate employers/gravy train are
people with vested interest. For example, a big media conglomerate wants its shares to stay high, so it always talks up the broader market in general
no matter what. It wants to keep hope in its audience, keep them feeling good, keep them pumping their savings into the market. So its all rah-rah. If
you can't do it convincingly you simply are passed over in that world.
Smart people who can leap nimbly from one conceptual system to another are needed to always put the right spin on a rapidly changing world. On one
level they have a good grasp of reality. But what comes out of their mouth is not based on a quest for truth but a need to push an agenda, an entire
worldview. To keep the the two parts of their brain performing these two difficult and contradictory tasks, they need to cultivate a kind of inner
orwellian "protective stupidity," among other little sick mental tricks.
Some of the more sour and cynical among them retain an nearly-conscious awareness of the entire process, and this often manifests in dark humor, for
example. The more mediocre majority simply turn on the mental laughing-gass and fool their outer selves far beyond the point of necessity to become
[edit on 5/4/10 by silent thunder]