Mental Domination

I have theory of why the US is so easily dominated by the media and politicians. I think that this country’s consciousness has been dominated by removing critical thinking. In a debate that ended up in an argument I started to realize that people in this country cannot think outside of their convictions. People truly think that seeing another point of view is someone betraying what they believe.

Compromise and empathy become almost impossible to achieve when you are always thought to only think in a very linear way. It is either black or white and anything in the middle is consider mediocre or lacking. We see that on the polarity of politics and how moderates are constantly attacked for not “taking a stance”. Do not get me wrong, I do believe in strong ideals, morals and convictions; but to have a good footing on your stance you have to be aware of not just what you are standing on but also your surroundings.

The Middle East policy always seems short sided. Giving democracy to Palestine was such a mistake… why? Because we do not understand their culture or way of living. We think that everywhere in the world there should be a nice little community full of cul de sacs. We believe that everyone should enjoy a burger, a beer and apple pie.

I have seen this in many levels of our culture, from the repulsion of what other people consider delicacies to the arrogance to think that eating an animal that we consider a pet is plain barbaric. So many people think that the US way of living is how the world should live and cannot understand how in Japan people are content in small spaces and minimalist environments. Even within our own borders the South does not understand the North and vice versa. Are we really that blind that we cannot see but our own point of views?

Religion is something that causes controversy. Almost every single religion teaches that they are the one true faith. The moment that I talk about how cool Buddhism is as an ideology, or the history of pagan religion another Catholic or Christian will jump down my throat and say you are not allowed in my clubhouse anymore. I believe it is ridiculous that we cannot respect other cultures, other ways of living, other ways of thinking. I believe that as long as another country is not crossing the basic human rights line, they should be able to live how they chose to live without us telling them that a Mc Donald’s and a Wal-Mart is what they need to be free! Free to become consumerist… when are we going to wake up and see that what we are giving the world is not democracy but rather an addition to corporations… I digress.

9 Responses to Mental Domination

  1. My mother never told me to dicuss politics. Maybe we can give people an outline of how we do things, then they can mold it culture specific.

  2. I agree! Nowadays it’s almost impossible to have an in depth discussion with anyone on almost any subject without fear of stepping on someone’s toes. It rather sucks. There have been a lot of times that I wanted to post on a topic and haven’t because I don’t want to piss off people. *sigh*

  3. Es verdad, pero lo peor no es que E.U. quiera imponer su cultura, pero es aún que algunos paises (como el nuestro), prefieran perder su identidad y se adapten al modelo norteamericano. Y creo que va a ser algo imposible de detener, viendo cómo avanzan las cosas por acá y hasta cayendo en cuenta que hasta yo soy culpable de esta pérdida de identidad.

  4. I think you’re confusing classical western ideals–freedom from government oppression (in various forms)–with modern-day western feudalism–corporate/rich oppression.

    It has come to the point in this country where merely the threat of a lawsuit is enough for you to give up your freedom. The cost to defend yourself is a right enjoyed by the rich and powerful in this country and worst of all, it often comes from legally-recognized beings that have no morals, no concern for ethics, no stated purpose other than to make money in any and as many ways possible: Corporations.

    Our founding fathers built this country on the idea that people should be free from oppression by their governments, but in the past 50 years or so that dream has been eroded by a few simple changes in our laws. Some by way of the legislature, some by way of the executive, and some by way of the judicial branches.

    What we need to do is break up corporations that go astray with our freedom. That act unethically. That lay off thousands upon thousands of citizens for the sole purpose of reporting better earnings in the next quarter. That loot our economy and distribute it to their rich owners over seas. That force our citizens to train their replacements in foreign countries that have no environmental regulations, child labor laws, or even basic human rights.

    When it comes to exporting democracy over seas–it may be possible, but I’ve yet to see any of our ideals lighting a fire in the hearts and minds of the presently occupied. Perhaps it is because we didn’t export democracy. Perhaps it is because the only thing we brought was death, destruction, and a willingness to accept whatever government they formed as long as we could keep that oil flowing and selling them our guns.

    We shouldn’t have rushed the forming of their constitution. We shouldn’t have accepted a government with an official religion. We shouldn’t have allowed a people who have never known democracy to rule themselves without a basic instruction in what that means. We should have demanded separation of mosque and state.

    The fighting going on is sectarian–which is just a fancy word for “religious”. Religious fighting is the reason why the Puritans left England to come to America. It is the knife that repeatedly stabs people in the back and regresses cultures back into the middle ages.

    Maybe we didn’t demand separation of church and state because the guy who started this mess doesn’t believe in it. Our present leader, in one of his very first acts, created the Office of Faith-based initiatives–which might as well have been the Office of Exclusionary Politics… Those who don’t believe need not apply.

    -Riskable
    http://riskable.com
    “No person is free until they can tell the truth without retaliation, live without debt, and change their mind without disaffection. This is freedom from religion, freedom from inequity, and freedom from dogma.”

  5. So true, soooo true.

  6. Never discuss religion or politics…always causes bad things to happen.

  7. this political correct world sucks big time. you can’t say anything. i declare the 21st century the silent century.

  8. I do tend to avoid discussing politics because people are so stubborn and close-minded that they don’t even want to listen to what someone else might have to say. I really do try to listen to others, and I usually just try to respond with “I hear what you’re saying and you raise a good point, but I just don’t agree.” But, I do agree that we do tend to think of issues in terms of black or white.

  9. I do tend to avoid discussing politics because people are so stubborn and close-minded that they don’t even want to listen to what someone else might have to say. I really do try to listen to others, and I usually just try to respond with “I hear what you’re saying and you raise a good point, but I just don’t agree.” But, I do agree that we do tend to think of issues in terms of black or white.

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