posted on Sep, 4 2012 @ 09:26 PM
Seemingly, people in general have very little quantitative differentiation skills. This means that they have little-to-no sense of or appreciation for
scales, levels, or degrees. They can only see the polar ends, and draw radically over-generalized conclusions about anyone or anything that they
perceive as tending towards a polar-end.
Basically, the standard mind works as such. You divide any given subject into two opposing extremes. You then define those extremes. You then label
everything you see in relation to that subject as one of the two terms you have came up with, to describe the polar ends. You then have a long chain
of associative connections with those words, that you automatically project onto that which you have associated with the extreme.
This is one of the problems in government now, for instance. The government can point to something we 'need,' or at least we have been convinced to
believe that we need, and that makes it a blank check to spend unlimited money in that area. People agree that we need a particular thing, but when
you try to explain that even if something is needed, that doesn't justify massive never-ending money towards it, the message is not registered. People
have no concept of scales, and can only see it in terms of supporting it, which then means unlimited money can be put towards it, or being against it,
which means abolishing it. It is as if I spent a million dollars a day on food. You then criticized me, saying I was being wasteful, and I said "I
need food! What, you're saying I shouldn't eat??" This is a humorous and perhaps extreme example, but the principle holds.
Observe people, as they discuss and debate. Observe how passionately they defend one polar-end of an issue, and attack the other, and hardly seem to
acknowledge the existence of a whole range of scales in-between their over-generalized and extreme polar ends.
edit on 4-9-2012 by TheJourney
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