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    Stockholm Syndrome describes a condition in which one attributes benevolence to one's captor.  It's used to describe the willingness to be held captive by force and/or suggestion of peers.  It is much like brainwashing.   The captives believe that there are no alternatives; that there is no option to being captive.   If they are aware of their captivity, they are convinced their survival requires they remain captive.   They are completely absorbed in cast images.   Many forms of change within the cave are actually continuance of the status quo, just an opposite or countering position in the status quo.   Only leaving the cave is true change. 

    The U.S.A. is ruled by law, the laws of the trinity of liberty.   These are the only sacred ideals in the U.S.A. and they are partly sacred because they are changeable and allow themselves to be bettered by people.   People have to question in order to progress, otherwise institutions will hold and maintain.  

    People are lied to and often know or feel that they are being lied to, but shrug it off because the benefactors and protectors are the same as the detractors and exploiters.   It is abhorrent to question certain institutions, normally the ones that question individuals.   Institutions fulfill needs and also supply many things people don't need.  The U.S.A. is founded on the principle of questioning, amendment number one.   Freedom of speech is the freedom to question.   This was so important so important to the original patriots that they made it the first of the Five Freedoms of the First Amendment.        

    Institutions are not individuals, but mechanizations and formations of people.   Institutions portray themselves as being alive and as likable personalities.   Institutions are tools and when a tool breaks more than it fixes, it is tossed and improved upon.   Rights are not given to tools.

    Economics and war, among other topics, are described in confusing euphemisms to please the optimistic and oblivious.   Part time workers are workers without benefits.   Outsourced labor is exploited peoples elsewhere.   Downsizing is mass firing.   It causes great pain to see institutions that claim and imply benevolence are in fact the greatest exploiters, as well as the main providers.  


"The minority, the ruling class at present, has the schools and press, usually the church as well, under its thumb.  This enables it to sway the emotions of the masses, and make its tool of them."
Albert Einstein


    If not a true observation, it is at least a true potentiality.  And apparently if institutions are not under the proverbial thumb of the ruling class at present, they will literally be bombed.
    Institutions present themselves like people, like friends in the kitchen or office.  Sadly though, institutions are not treated like people; if they were, they would be committed for treatment and have their shop locked up.   Institutions do not treat individuals like people, rather fodder or fuel.  Institutions are not people and yet over and over again people yield to institutions as if they were people, really big people. 




Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Albert Einstein

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