Arson victim about to be destroyed in Poughkeepsie, NY
It is difficult to visit another nation, especially a successful one such as Canada, and not sense that there is something desperately wrong with the United States. I was visiting Canada when I had these thoughts. I took these pictures during the trip back, and just after my arrival back home two days ago--with these thoughts in mind.
the parallax view of distance, whatever this condition is can be seen
in everybody's faces and universally felt from their actions--nearly
everyone of which seems motivated by some kind of desperation.
Beautiful old house -- that had beautiful people living in it until they passed on -- left to rot along Rt 1 that runs south in Maine along the Canadian border.
small city that I live in, Torrington, Connecticut, is in an endlessly
spiraling descent into economic and mental depression; perhaps this
magnifies the American situation. But any reasonable critical view of
the US, either emotional or empirical, only shows a nation attempting
Abandoned trailer home
economics, for instance, it is fairly widely accepted that all nations
are dependent on the continual export of US cash; without the continual
export of US cash, it is hence accepted that global capital will
collapse. But now US capital is purely derived from debt, especially
from China, or what I describe as the Han-dominated area of Asia. And
no one can deny that America has serious economic problems, and that
every American is affected by them. Everyone I have ever known has
easily predicted this sort of contradiction will cause ruinous
conditions, yet the higher levels of society have denied criticism of
the obvious situation, or alternatively argued why this is a necessary
- "American economic repair would require protectionism,"they say,"and protectionism will lead to world war."
- They further argue that"American economic collapse is a natural and necessary phenomena, just as global climate change is."
can only be one explanation for this: a condition of mass misconception
at the highest levels of national control that borders on mental
illness. The situation is somehow aggravated by the lower layers of
society either directly through the tacit support of such
misconception, or indirectly as a result of the apathy of depression.
This condition can easily be described as a contagion, and as
epidemic; it may even be described as a mass mental illness because the
results of such massive levels of misconception can easily be shown
to be universally self-destructive: an epidemic thinking disorder.
Long lost motorcycle in a heap in downtown Torrington, CT
handles the public using the "need to know" concept that is often
called didactic teaching, but is best described as cognitive control:
what BF Skinner described in his book Walden II. The process is also described as a reverse-evolution that is said to still be evolution--the destruction of
emotion in favor of sequential calculations, a synthetic existence
misnamed objectivism by reactionary writers such as Ayn Rand.
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people organize thought about their environments in terms of
collections of objects, each of these having attributes and relations
to other objects that can be thought of as maps. This construction of
the surrounding environment within the mind is enabled by the recently
discovered empathic brain cells: mirror and spindle neurons. There is
absolutely no way that purely sequential thinkers, the human
calculators who dominate economics, for instance, can actually
construct a realistic map of the economic environment in their minds
conceive through sequential thought. There is no way they can conceive
of the full effects of their actions, and hence have no way of correcting
Perfectly good house sabotaged by a developer who cut holes in the roof to assure it could not be restored -- but he can't sell it!
thoughts of our leaders are purely causal, endless "if then" calculations, and
with the first mistake in a sequential process, no matter how trivial,
thinking goes astray causing misconception.
mass misconception at this level (and it is epidemic in the United
States) is the condition of a thinking disorder such as psychosis or
schizophrenia; psychology fails to mention that purely sequential,
calculating, and hence purely unemotional thought produces
misinformation to such an extent that this type of limited and
ill-conceived thought is indeed a thinking as damaging as to the mind
as schizophrenia and as damaging to the surrounding environment as
What describes success then?
intelligent people who think purely sequentially--those who see the
world in the way we would see a chess board--are everywhere, all over
the world. A nation that allows these types of people to dominate
national thought so as to spread their disease as a contagion, that is
allowing them to convert human society so that it is devoid of
emotional guidance and hence devoid of natural morality, must then experience the process by which a successful human society begins a
spiraling process of decline.
Saccharine coating over Torrington
worse than purely calculated thought is the anti-thought process of
pure control that is found in rules-based societies. There people are
told that things happen the way the do "because that is the way it is,"
and that questioning control is wrong, and resisting it is criminal.
BF Skinner describes such control in his Walden II, but unlike fascists, his fictional leadership puts a saccharine layer over his societal control; he tells pleasing lies. "How far will that get you, Mr Skinner, before your lies are found out?" Actually,
pretty far, judging from the commercial, institutional, and
governmental successes of his behavioral control psychology!
we can easily describe what success is not; what leads to national
decline. Success must then be not so much direct attempts to
continually do the "right thing" or to "make things better," but
simply to prevent an erosion of what is natural, and specially what is
natural within our minds. We must all be healthy in the primal sense; what
feels correct to us and makes us feel better; what gives our lives
natural, or if you prefer, spiritual meaning.
we know that this natural way of being can so easily be eroded by
unfeeling thought, then our society's success, or perhaps restoration
relies not so much on improving our personal actions (as we are often
told), but simply limiting the actions that have eroded natural
thought, and with it, natural human interaction and organziation. As
we see above, the eroding effects are indeed the actions of specific
and highly unnatural people. From history we can see how dangerous,
even genocidal these controlling and unfeeling people can be! Today
the never-ending obsessive need for luxury by the World's
(multi-cultural) elite at the expense of all of the rest of humanity
now guarantees a world-wide environmental collapse.
them when they established control through violence, and suppressing
them when they are implementing control strategies more subtly through
deceit is necessary:
- Control of the conspiracy of control through the softest means possible
- Limitations of suicidally obsessive needs in ways that hurt no one
- Empowerment of the majority of normally healthy people through the responsible organization of emotional interaction
- A tilt towards the expressive and artistic
is no doubt that many people will consider such action limiting, and an
attack of the personal rights. The answer for them is simple: there
never has been in any healthy society a willing acceptance of
self-destruction. They have to stop being destructive, or they will be
stopped; that is how society survives. Endlessly connected causal
rationalizations adding up to some vast misconception, even
widely-accepted misconceptions, is not an excuse for destructive
activities; it is a vehicle for them. While this kind of thought
process has denigrated society all through time, it is becoming
increasingly prevalent in our American society and is sending it
increasingly downwards; it is the thought process of the
cocaine-addicted. And cocaine use has increased by factors since it
was first described as an epidemic condition in the mid-1980s.
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