Friday, December 31, 2010

conformity

Hello my friends; As you who have followed this stumbling adventure, and as you others that may have read my side bar, I have been struggling to understand the difference between the lies I've told myself, my peers and my relatives, and the truth that lives within my soul. It was a difficult admission for me to realize that I am attracted to boy parts and not so much to girl parts. It has been an even greater difficulty to make that change in my life. So, I think, I study, I look and try to learn. One once said that if you free your mind then your ass will surely follow. A second but similar struggle, I've really run into a wall in dealing with Scottie's last challenge when speaking about the man who is behind bars for supposedly leaking to that wiki person where Scottie asked "what do we do about this [his abusive captivity]. I say all of that to introduce a vid I found on conformity. I will put up the link, but I am also going to try to put up the vid. It is long, somewhat dry, but if you can get past the academic drone, some of the questions that suddenly come crashing into my mind, and surely yours, are very interesting. For instance: Why does it take so damn long for simple things, like dadt and gay marriage, to be resolved and allowed to fly? They are obvious issues, and yet the loud minority seems to be the strongest. Why is there debate on Global Warming? Either it is or it ain't...call it. For that matter, why is it that arguments in the political sphere have little to do with fact, but people will quote you the by-lines with clear threat in their voices should you disagree. And, why do I find that I sometimes agree when I doubt what I'm agreeing to? Have I grown that weary? How has the "fair and balanced" (choke) "reporting" of fox news, which you likely read in Scottie's ToyBox, effected the way things have gone in this country and the way people think? Have you noticed the repeating catch phrases in the republican speakers? There is a reason for that. It has little to do with the truth. Why is Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Rielly, and that whole clan of mouths so successful? Why is it that I know more about the hygene habits of know-nothing celebrities than I know about the wars in Iraq, Afganistan, Korea, Darfur, Pakistan, ...do I need to go on?....after watching the news? How is it that I still find myself allowing other's opinions to influence my life, even in ways that make me unhappy? Shouldn't I be beyond this? You will surely have other questions....I didn't list all that I have. But, I think I did find an answer to Scottie. If you are reading, Scottie, here is the best answer I can come up with: Climb to the roof-tops, in blogger-form, and scream it as loud as you are able: THIS IS WRONG! Then, say it again, and again, and again. Encourage others to say it. Please take a moment, see the vid...it's less than 10-min., and the man says you will be less likely to be conforming after watching it. Not a cure, but awareness is its' own panacea. Here is the link...I can't seem to post the vid. http://www.wimp.com/conformityvideo/

4 comments:

scottiestoybox.com said...

I am here Randy. Thank you for the interesting insights. I learn so much when I listen to the reasoning of other people. I have more thinking to do one what you wrote, but for now, I agree, I will continue to shout out when I can.

Hugs and loves to you, may the birds of Paradise roost with you always.
Scottie

Sammy B said...

Hello Randy
The success of demagogues like those you mentioned seems to me to be a variant of the Nazi 'Big Lie' technique - if a particular world view is pushed loudly enough and often enough, even if it should be obvious that it's not true and not in accordance with any principles of natural justice, it comes to be accepted as the truth by many who are gullible enough, or lazy enough, not to analyse what they're being told. Conformity is the enemy of progress, and the progenitor of repression - 'if you're not with us, you're against us'.
On a more positive note (I hope), I wish you a Happy New Year, I hope 2011 is a good one for you.

Love & best wishes
Sammy B

randy said...

Hey Scottie;
Shout it out, brother! -randy.

randy said...

Hi Sammy;
Thanks for your comments about the "big lie"...but the odd thing the vid pointed out was that conformity actually can change your perception of the facts. Not only does it encourage one to go along with the crowd, doubt what one thinks is correct, but will even change the perceptions of the facts. It's a bit scary, really, and as you point out, quite adaptable for those lecherous enough to abuse people with it. And, I think that taken alone, the demagogues (good word) wouldn't be so successful. It is because they back eachother, and fox backs them further, that they prosper with their lies.
Thank you so much for your New Year's hopes. I am looking forward to a wonderful year, and I send love and best wishes out to you, too.