I will try to explain what i mean with a example.
I eat non-free range meat.
The inmediate conclusions / reaction a person has could be:
I am hungry.
How cruel, free range meat is much better for the animals.
You animal how can you eat meat?
He must have money problems, since free range is more expensive.
The inmediate opinion might be influenced by your social and cultural
programming and your perspective. I am not saying it's a bad thing. But
it is very important that it is understood where that knee-jerk opinion
I have found that when you look into your knee-jerk conclusion, you
might be disagreeing with yourself. If you do not do that and stick
with your original conclusion without dissecting it, you might miss a
change for personal growth.
Nobody really likes to discover that their own opinions might be
influenced by a party not looking out for your best interest, it hurts
the ego. But the sooner you can admit you might have be influenced the
better. A red flag would be anything that plays into your basic
instincts, fear for example. Basic instincs might cloud your judgement,
so whenever that red flag goes up, take a second look at the why and
This is IMHO a way to break free from the culture of fear, controlling
and a way to rise above the mass mentality. A red flag would be
anything that plays into your basic instincts, fear for example.
Instinct is the inherent inclination of a living organism toward
a particular behavior. The fixed action patterns are unlearned and
As you can read from the link above, using instinct is a very good tool
in influencing your behaviour. Because it is inherited, you have almost
no defence against it and because it is ingrained in us, we don't often
Fear mongering is often used in wartime, as a political tactic
to frighten citizens and influence their political views.
So is your political view really your own or did you get tricked into
For a behavior to be considered cultural it must be shared
extragenetically; that is, it must be taught.
Cultural behaviour is learned behaviour. It does not have to be a bad
thing, but did you consciously pick the parts (good or bad) of that
culture that you practise?
Going back to my example, what was your inmediate conclusion /
Did it change when you took a look at why you formed that opinion?
I know the example is a bit lame, but i did not want to use a touchy
subject since people just discovering this might be better off with
starting small, I don't want peoples believe systems shattered right
from the start. I think it is best to ease in to it.
Yes i care that much about you people
[edit on 5/9/10 by locster]