posted on Jul, 5 2013 @ 06:36 PM
I was writing an article on compliant people and found your post when Googling "why are people compliant?" Your question is especially relevant,
and I think that everyone who ever makes an honest attempt to "change the world," bumps up against this very fact - people in the US are
indifferent to the political powers that be who have control over their lives. What seems like a very simple, rather straightforward question is in
reality a very complicated subject that must be unpacked before we can make sense out of it.
Why are people compliant? The short answer is they are trained to be that way. The next question, Who is responsible for this state of affairs?
Again, the short answer is everybody. From a social psychology perspective, we must be compliant in order to survive. First as a child, and then as
an adult. Have you ever thought, What happens to people who are not compliant? The short answer for that one is, they usually end up in jail or in
some form of social ostracism. Think of compliance as a continuum, on one end you have the people who are wonderfully compliant souls who never once
in their lives even thought about doing something out of line. On the other extreme, you have people who can't cooperate with anyone, let alone
comply with all the tedious rules and laws that govern our society. Of course, everyone else falls in the middle of that continuum.
As for the second question, who is responsible for this? Our parents to begin with and then we ourselves as we progress. Being compliant is, in the
long run, better for us than not being compliant. Here is where things get sticky. The fact that most everyone walking the streets today is
compliant is not lost on the people who run the country - and the world. In fact, it is a fact that they very much rely on.
Everyone who makes an honest attempt to change the world bumps up against this feature of humanity and of Americans in specific. The mechanisms of
compliance are begun under your parents' direction, and then the state assumes a role afterwards. Public school. Do you remember hearing in history
class about the Progressive Movement active in this country from about 1890 to 1920? No? You didn't hear about that one. Because it is not in the
interest of the powers that be to have you knowing too much about that. What did they tell you about the movements of the 1960s. Bunch of dirty
hippies rolling in mud at Woodstock and ingesting every illicit substance they can get their hands on? That about covers it. Just recently, are
beloved POTUS made a visit to South Africa and was photographed in some holding building where slaves where shipped out of Africa. He said he wanted
his daughters to know what a great guy Mandela was for standing up to the lousy South African racists. Never mind that he himself has presided over
the largest organized intrusion into the privacy of the American people - which was all perfectly legal by the way, forgetting to mention the new
secret laws put into place allowing all the unconstitutional behavior. But hey, at least we don't sell human beings on the open market anymore. (At
least not yet, anyway.)
Anyone trying to discuss these things with fellow citizens is usually met with a energetic ho-hum. Not only do they not care, it seems beyond their
capacity to be persuaded to care. What better citizen could you want filling your country than people who honestly and forthrightly don't care.
They just don't care. Can't be persuaded to think otherwise and more than happy to give you one of those knowing looks reserved for someone who
spends too much time on the internet reading - as you say, non sense.
They've got an advertisement for Navy recruitment, showing an aircraft carrier looking down on it from above as the carrier steams past the
stationary camera and out of view. The tag line: The US Navy. A force for good in the world.
People are impervious to being made aware of their situation. They are more than happy to go on about their business not paying attention to any of
it. Only when it is too late - in our case it will be much too late - do they realize that they've been duped. By that time, it's too late to do
anything about it.
Why are people so compliant? They're taught to be that way. How do you convince them otherwise? For most people, you can't. But the good news is
- once people become aware of it and start thinking about it, then they walk around looking for just one other person who shares their perception of
Best we can do is try to find them.