Wednesday, February 9, 2011

All in the Past...?

I found this piece of text on another blog:

"As the Jews were being transported on the trains towards certain death in the camps, I noticed how easily they would turn on each other. The few that suspected their fate should have spoken less about it, the rest of them did not want to know." - SS Officer


I wonder how many people, so called normal (or empathic) people, see what that SS officer said? No, I don't mean 'saw' this, I mean SEE this. How many?

I see that everyday among normal people. I can hardly recall a time where I didn't see this in some way or another.

Even as a child I thought that if I just told the other kids they were slaves and prisoners they'd be thanking me and happily and come with me to 'freedom'.

Of course in a child's mind those words can hardly have been conscious, but I know the feeling was there. I know, because I remember it clearly.


But they didn't become happy, they didn't thank me and they certainly didn't come with me when I left the school premises. Instead they did what the SS officer also said: They turned on me.

The obvious thing would be to quickly learn to never include others in endeavors that have to do with disobedience, and so I learned to be more careful about whom I would include in my projects.

Later I would once in a while take another kid or two with me when I planned and executed escapes from various institutions for conduct disordered kids (yes, I've had the honor of being a returning resident on a few such places), and often even more would want to come along, but by then I had learned my lesson - and besides, keeping things exclusive lent my projects an air of importance, it became a privilege for the other kids to be one of the 'chosen' of my inner circle - so I kept it to an exclusive number of kids that I favored.

But even in these places, and later on in prisons, there was and is a tendency towards timidness when it comes to object against mistreatment.


I have tried several times over the years to 'wake people up', especially for a period during my teens I would try and get through to people, usually some who were ten years older than myself, in the hope that THEY would understand better than those of my own age. But no. The result was the same.


Ordinary people do not WANT freedom. That is not what 'goodness' or 'pleasure' is about to them. They want safety, and in that respect they're much like children.

It took me a while to understand this. But once the idea first appeared things began to fall into place. Suddenly there was so much more that made sense about the way normal people acts. I can still remember how I stopped under a street light and just stood there for a while as I let the idea become an actual though, then a realization, and then - certainty.
From that moment on I never looked at the world quite the same way again.

And it may sound strange, but to me it was liberating, and I believe it has been liberating to the normal people around me too, because I no longer nag them with my constant attempts to get them to wake up and understand ideas they don't have the capacity to understand nor any reasons to want to understand.


It surely implies a good deal of horrific truth, that much is certain. For in realizing that the majority of people in the world are 'build' and predestined for slavery, and as such, a form of imprisonment, is not what we generally associate with a positive dream or expectations of progress for mankind.

However, it sounds much worse than it is ... in some ways. In others, it does of course represent the controversial opposite to how we normally like to see ourselves - as individuals and free to think and progress and follow our dreams - if only the laws are right and our human rights are being cared for by those in power.

By now I think there are at least some others who, like myself, have understood that this is also an illusion.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

You think too much to be a psychopath.

Zhawq said...

You seem to be quite the expert on psychopathy. ;)

Zhawq said...

Oh, I'm sorry, I didn't realize I've actually found my first reader who actually believes me when I say I'm not a psychopath!

Thanks! :)

HavenNyx said...

I see this often as well. Especially in highly structured religious institutions. People don't want to think for themselves. People want to be told what to do, what to think, how to live. Huddling in the dark letting someone else build the walls around them. To relinquish the imposed doctrine means having to take responsibility for their own lives. Not having anyone to blame or cower beneath besides themselves. They would have to survive by their own integrity. Turn on you, indeed. People don't want to be accountable for their own lives and will rail against anyone that claims we are responsible for ourselves, or present a view that makes them question the validity of their small room.

MrBlake said...

People will always build walls. If there aint anybody to tell them to do it, they'll apoint one of their own to be the slave driver.

It's in the very mindset of being a herd animal. And most people are. They live off of the good stuff those who can think for themselves find out and create, and then they create labels for them just to make sure we stick to their standards.

Why anybody will let themselves be forced into that kinda thing has always puzzled me. But there's really not much to it. It's all in the genes.

Zhawq said...

HavenNyx:

"People don't want to think for themselves. People want to be told what to do, what to think, how to live."

Yes, that's how I see it.

What you say also raises some of the questions I have in regard to the 'victims versus psychopaths' issue. I see so often what I sense to be less an issue brought on by the victim at least as much as by the abuser.

Maybe people are not supposed to make their own decisions, but then there's the issue about always trying to claim they're doing so, except for when it goes wrong or when it has consequences in terms of them having invited a psychopath into their lives due to lack of knowledge. Then it's suddenly all on the psychopath, not them.


Blake:

"People will always build walls."

People build walls all the time, and they help/tell/impose on others to do the same.

I guess we cannot do without walls, but do they need to be so high only those who were elevated by fortune of accident can see into the neighbor's garden, not to mention to the coast of some distant land?

They need to be so high for some, but I refuse to follow suit!

MrBlake said...

Zhawq
"I guess we cannot do without walls"

Well we'll have to. It's the only way to get things a'rollin, pal. Just the way I see it.

Walls serve to do nothing 'cept barring off people from following their own urges and thus puesue happiness.

All urges are human or we wouldn't have'em. Right?

Zhawq said...

Blake,

"Well we'll have to. It's the only way to get things a'rollin, pal."

If we talk about historical perspectives then yes, I agree. The natural cycle seems to need a little help to get itself going. And we're in risk of eradicating the whole planet because of it.

In a way that's our fault (us, the so called psychopaths and sociopaths and - not least! - the Antisocial PD-ed). Ironically, despite the common consensus being that we're too bad to be tolerated, the truth is the opposite ... still, that is strictly when speaking from a historical, universal and species' survival perspectives! ... We're too nice!

But I'm joking here. The problem is that the state of our culture in this day in time has had a debilitating impact, not only upon common people, but upon ourselves (the so called psychopaths and other minorities with unusual potential) as well. One of the ways we've degenerated can be seen in the the extreme way that general entropy comes to expression. Most people like us never achieve any specific understanding beyond that of the average individual. And whereas those who do have such understanding may in some ways be the most 'dangerous', they're also those who have the most potential for bringing about the very kind of changes that the world needs.

But the mainstream society, who sits on most, if not all, of the research about us, see only the negative sides (those who see more choose to only focus on the bad), and that in itself represents a barrier that we may not be able to cross in time.
And even if we might cross it, get through to them and make them understand, it may still be too late.

Too late in the meaning that the next Ragnarok may not be the mediator of a new beginning, but in fact the final end.

I hope this is an illusion as well. Life has a way of making it through the hardest of obstacles. But our species, mankind, will not be likely to survive, at least not in the form we have now.

My personal aim is to make sure my genes will be present through the changes and help build a/some new life and living, whichever a/some world and universe.
The only point being that only if my genes are present will I be sure to have an indirect impact upon how the new creations will be. For no one can make it just like my offspring would, just like my offspring can't do it quite like anybody else's offspring. It's merely appetite and drive towards life and living, nothing more. Plain and banal selfish will to live, which is the central nature of all life.

Zhawq said...

HavenNyx:

"People don't want to think for themselves. People want to be told what to do, what to think, how to live."

Yes, that's how I see it.

What you say also raises some of the questions I have in regard to the 'victims versus psychopaths' issue. I see so often what I sense to be less an issue brought on by the victim at least as much as by the abuser.

Maybe people are not supposed to make their own decisions, but then there's the issue about always trying to claim they're doing so, except for when it goes wrong or when it has consequences in terms of them having invited a psychopath into their lives due to lack of knowledge. Then it's suddenly all on the psychopath, not them.


Blake:

"People will always build walls."

People build walls all the time, and they help/tell/impose on others to do the same.

I guess we cannot do without walls, but do they need to be so high only those who were elevated by fortune of accident can see into the neighbor's garden, not to mention to the coast of some distant land?

They need to be so high for some, but I refuse to follow suit!