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We Like Being Helpless

I certainly include myself here – I had noticed this in the States when I lived there. And it was a shock to recently discover it in myself.

I noticed a whole syndrome of dysfunctional behavior operating there – and I may call it the American Syndrome since it probably started there – but has since spread nearly everywhere else.

This is one of the many problems that make social engineering of the human condition difficult. We simply don’t know enough about ourselves to make this kind of planning possible. This doesn’t mean we should not try – we should just expect plenty of unexpected problems to show up.

America right now is a land with a multitude of problems – including an inability to see this – or much of anything else. Americans have so many problems, they have gone into shock – and cannot think about much of anything.

How is Software Development Related to Anything Else?

This question could be asked about any domain – How is it related to everything else? And this is not a trivial question – its as basic a question as it’s possible to get. What are relationships about? Including amorous relationships – which and are the most problematical of them all.

But let me return to Software – which has more effect on us than anything else – but which we (or at least most of us) know nothing at all. This is a strange situation. For all our previous technologies – say the movies – we knew how they worked and we could even make a few ourselves.

But Software we are not interested in – not at all. Not only is not not related to anything else – nothing else is interested in it.

This can’t be true! But it seems to be anyway.

We Become Whatever We Are Obsessed With

And if we are obsessed with nothingness – we are nothing.

Being Nothing is the Perfect Way to Be

This is now the American Way of Life – and they are teaching the rest of the world how to be this way also. It’s the easiest possible way to be – and its emotional rewards, although not obvious to the uninitiated – cannot be denied.

I know you good people will want to know this – because it will help you make sense of an otherwise senseless situation.

Being Devils

Societies can either aspire to be gods or devils. Or they can switch back and forth, depending in what kind of people they are acting towards – being benevolent towards their in-group or murderously towards an out-group.

But in our time – something is new. We seem determined to be hostile towards everything!

And we seem to consider this a huge advancement. Because we can do this so easily and consistently.

Don’t Know Anything

This is another in my series about Postmodern life. The basic rule here is simple – our values have been reversed – what was formerly Bad has become Good – and what was Good has become Bad. And one other thing – we aren’t allowed to notice this reversal at all.

In the case of Knowing – we are cautioned that it will lead us down the wrong path – and we don’t want to go there. As always, some things are permitted – and some are not.

To put this another way – avoid Reality, at all costs – because it is nothing but bad!

Distractions from the realization of this fundamental rule are perfectly acceptable – and, in fact, are encouraged.

With such simple rules, you cannot possibly go wrong – but you have to enforce them brutally! No exceptions!

Pay Attention to What People Really Are

And not what they say they are.

But how are we supposed to do this, when people are so good at confusing us? By paying careful attention to what they actually do.

This takes some practice – but life itself will give you plenty of opportunities to practice it. Remember the old adage “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” Except that sometimes it will take many more times before we finally catch on.

So what do people actually do? And you can easily see this for yourself. They do just the opposite – they see what they are supposed to see. And are incapable of seeing anything else.

They know the rule – but cannot follow it.