Here's another article, that I think has some interesting parallels with the OP.
The Power Of Delaying Gratification
In 1970 psychologist Walter Mischel famously placed a cookie in front of a group of children and gave them a choice: they could eat the cookie
immediately, or they could wait until he returned from a brief errand and then be rewarded with a second. If they didn’t wait, however, they’d be
allowed to eat only the first one. Not surprisingly, once he left the room, many children ate the cookie almost immediately. A few, though, resisted
eating the first cookie long enough to receive the second. Mischel termed these children high-delay children.
Interestingly, the children who were best able to delay gratification subsequently did better in school and had fewer behavioral problems than the
children who could only resist eating the cookie for a few minutes—and, further, ended up on average with SAT scores that were 210 points higher. As
adults, the high-delay children completed college at higher rates than the other children and then went on to earn higher incomes. In contrast, the
children who had the most trouble delaying gratification had higher rates of incarceration as adults and were more likely to struggle with drug and
The next part, is what I'd like to focus on:
Which all suggests that the ability to delay gratification—that is, impulse control—may be one of the most important skills to learn to have a
satisfying and successful life. The question is, how do we learn it?
The answer may lie in the strategies Mischel's high-delay children used. Rather than resist the urge to eat the cookie, these children distracted
themselves from the urge itself. They played with toys in the room, sang songs to themselves, and looked everywhere but at the cookie. In short, they
did everything they could to put the cookie out of their minds.
Now to think... about the social conditioning of America. I know, I know... we're all not children, but the development of behavioral patterns is
forever being molded.
We've been 'obsessed'(for the lack of a better word) with consumption, entertainment, and all other sorts of distractions from the ultimate cookie
of all, happiness and ultimate freedom. But, what if... much of this may contribute to the ultimate gratification, the ultimate nation(ultimately the
world, ya know... the whole NWO).
Well, due to all these distractions, we now have an increasingly large percentage of population being considered as 'poor'. It's kinda getting to
that point, ya know... Is it entirely possible that the supposed 'illuminati', with all their 'knowledge'... know and understand all this? Is it
maybe part of playing the game, and the cards dealt are 'us'?
Ya know all that death and destruction that we've been blasted with by the media and such...
The Bright Side of Death: Awareness of Mortality Can Result in Positive Behaviors
"According to terror management theory, people deal with their awareness of mortality by upholding cultural beliefs and seeking to become part of
something larger and more enduring than themselves, such as nations or religions," said Jamie Arndt, study co-author and professor of psychological
sciences. "Depending on how that manifests itself, positive outcomes can be the result."
For example, in one study American test subjects were reminded of death or a control topic and then either imagined a local catastrophe or were
reminded of the global threat of climate change. Their militaristic attitudes toward Iran were then evaluated. After being reminded of death, people
who were reminded of climate change were more likely to express lower levels of militarism than those who imagined a local disaster.
Then... as to rewiring our brains and such...
How Social Interaction and Teamwork Led to Human Intelligence
Scientists have discovered proof that the evolution of intelligence and larger brain sizes can be driven by cooperation and teamwork, shedding new
light on the origins of what it means to be human. The study appears online in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B and was led by
scientists at Trinity College Dublin: PhD student, Luke McNally and Assistant Professor Dr Andrew Jackson at the School of Natural Sciences in
collaboration with Dr Sam Brown of the University of Edinburgh.
Well... social interaction is at an 'all-time' high, thank you internet and communications technologies. Then to add, we have so many on the lower
side of the pyramid being forced to cooperate just to survive...
Feel the shift yet? lol...
Just wait until 'revolution' kicks it up a notch...
Social evolution, now starts and begins with Revolution