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Stuck With the Status Quo

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posted on Aug, 25 2010 @ 08:09 AM
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The freedom to emigrate is an internationally recognized human right, and when that right is restricted it would make sense to respond in anger and rebellion. However, a recent study published in Psychological Science shows that as it becomes more difficult for people to escape a system, they actually are more likely to defend that system.

Psychological scientists Kristin Laurin, Steven Shepherd and Aaron C. Kay at the University of Waterloo (UW) suspected that people who are under an oppressive regime might try to see their situation in the best light possible.“When you’re stuck with something, one tendency is to make peace with it and try to see it in as much of a positive light as you can,” says Laurin.


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I figured this article could spark some interesting discussion. So many of us on this site have no problem going against the status quo, and yet we can't seem to understand why others will gladly defend a broken system. We refer to them as sheeple, amongst other things, and dismiss their opinions as being ignorant. Well, here we have some results that can help us begin to understand those people that have no problem towing the line.




posted on Aug, 25 2010 @ 08:40 AM
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Originally posted by Xcalibur254
can help us begin to understand those people that have no problem towing the line.

just wait til that line starts squeezing tightly
around their neck and there is no air,
they will change their mind.

As long as the noose is loose
sheeple will follow.



posted on Aug, 25 2010 @ 09:08 AM
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Hi,

I'd question the first line of the quoted source as pasted. The right to emigrate isn't the same as the right to being an immigrant - or so courts have decreed, hence deportations.

On the whole though, I'm not sure what point the article is trying to prove other than 'a lot of people try and make the best of things when circumstances aren't as they wish' - is this news? As for the question what do ATS members think as it's assumed they would consider this a sheeplike mentality, I guess you'd have to really be working on a few scenarios... Don't like your job, try and get a new one. Don't like your government (if democratically elected? Vote for a new one.

But...
Living somewhere where the government wasn't democratically elected (of the likelihood is that it wasn't) and any protest in anyway will end up in torture or death and you will be refused political refuge in another country? Well, that's a different one isn't it?



posted on Aug, 25 2010 @ 09:20 AM
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Originally posted by boondock-saint

just wait til that line starts squeezing tightly
around their neck and there is no air,
they will change their mind.

Will they? Or will a depression and possibly hyperinflation lead to government jobs and benefits being the only way to get supplies for their families?



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