This is the core truth of the human condition and our species discounting of this truth/reality explains all human evil.
George W. Bush, for example, is quite literally a programmed robot, but a subtle fail safe in the programming is that it really isn't programming.
This principle, of course, applies to the human race in general, but one can imagine life forms who/which are "socially conditioned" just as much as humans, but still keep their center. They aren't mutually exclusive: conditioning and center.
Unfortunately they DO seem to be mutually exclusive for the disappointing human species, since the more humans are conditioned is the more they seem lose their center (their "birthright" center), even though your center is who you really are, not a concentration of rules, do's and don’ts, religious "commandments", or elite-created laws.
Psychology and sociology (and even philosophy) study such things, but academics here is meaningless. Indeed, its part of the conditioning to think that "intellectual understanding" is the solution to this problem (another fail safe).
But it isn't, not even microscopically. The "solution" to this problem is to transcend social conditioning.
Can this be done? Of course, it's done all the time, however, usually only in timorous, pathetically limited ways.
Transcendence here means KEEPING YOUR CENTER no matter what the conditioning. Who cares if you were raised a Catholic if your birthright intelligence and intuitions judge that conditioning to have the worth of an empty milk carton. Same thing for Judaism, Islam, or your programmed Middle Eastern religion of choice.
We don't want to face the fact that religion IN ITS ESSENCE is a social conditioning. In other words, religion is 100% an arbitrary brain washing to be discarded like a garment if and when your center deeply wills it.
Similarly, politics is mere social conditioning, which far from being the will of the majority, is the will of the elites. In other words, politics isn't just a conditioning, but one of most toxic conditionings on the Earth since it programs humanity into human cattle.
And it is precisely this machining of several billion Homo sapiens that is manipulated by the vampire elites. Of course, the elites too are conditioned, but their conditioning permits them genocidal murder to keep and increase their billions of dollars.
Thus, the challenge is crystal clear. It is to TRANSCEND social conditioning and to be true to our selves (our "souls" if you like). This, indeed, is the cutting edge of human evolution.
The tragedy is that the critical mass of liberated humans it would take to wrest human destiny away from billions of unconsciously conditioned Homo sapiens is not hopeful, since the "counter force" of creative individuals necessary to keep our species from going over the waterfall of extinction may simply not be realistically possible.
And yet, the unleashing of human potential is similar to the energy release of atomic fission and fusion, so we must keep the faith to the end. Remember Jesus. Remember Einstein. Remember Bach. Remember those individuals who have profoundly influenced the human adventure one life form at a time.
Even one human soul can "channel" energies and mysteries beyond imagination and the battle between Bush/Republican fascist evil and simple humanity, goodness, and love, is supported by every sunset, every smile of an infant, every seaside morning wind, every ravishing glimpse of galaxies, and every whispered response to a prayer which tells us to trust the human soul.
Only such trust will keep our spirits from breaking in this present theft, rape, and murder our planet and country by these literal devils from hell.
So, Godspeed to all men and women of good will. You are the children of the universe who are the very backbone of tragically vulnerable humanity.
W. Christopher Epler (Bill)