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Okay, so the ability to change is blocked by our natural programming. The same programming that makes males predisposed towards violence. The violence isn’t good or evil, despite all the gnashing of teeth to the contrary ( because all they are doing is making OUR violence good and YOUR violence evil-it is subjective, not absolute ). It just IS. That is how it is. Women are predisposed towards adoptive group loyalty-that doesn’t make them disloyal or indecisive. It just IS. They are all survival traits. Resisting change lowers risk. Violence protects the tribe. And imprinting women protect their spawn regardless of power struggles.
We can easily change, and do, as either individuals or groups, but only after pain. Pain changes programming. Robert Anton Wilson, the hippie that dropped a railcar full of LSD and wrote all those cool parodies on conspiracy theories ( Schrödinger’s Cat, etc. ), was great at mind reprogramming. One example that stuck with me thirty five years after reading it was that whenever he used vocabulary that reinforced a behavior he was trying to change, he would grab a big ass rubber band he always wore and zapped himself. The negative reinforcement, the pain, brought mental change.
Now, that is how programming is EASY. There is a much harder way, which of course is the way we all try to change, which is by utilizing willpower. Now, to be clear, I’m talking about change that goes AGAINST prior programming. If, say, you were really poor growing up, changing your habits to begin stockpiling food is easy. You are already programmed to fear going without food. What would really be hard would be to NOT insure against inadequate calories. So the habits we attempt to change, either eliminating one or adding one, are hard only if it goes against core programming. You can change superficially all the time, just by practicing not being lazy.
A slob who goes into the military and comes out an OCD clean freak didn’t change out of discipline or instruction. He changed after an application of pain. THEN the discipline or instruction became his new programming. This is why willpower alone is not sufficient. If you had a painful experience that demanded change, THEN you add willpower to reprogram. The best example I can think of is the Two Movies In One, Where The First Was Great And The Second Blew Rabid Monkey Testicles, “Full Metal Jacket”. The fat guy couldn’t adapt to being a Jarhead until he got a Blanket Party. That severe trauma refocused and reprogrammed him into suddenly having the focus and will to retain his training.
He had a block against change. Then he didn’t. So I am the last person that would tell you that all this change we talk about is easy. It isn’t. Rejecting the Oil Age and all it entails isn’t easy. Not because the WAY to do it is hard. It is as simple as can be. The hard part is DECIDING to change. IF you can flick the switch, wonderful things ensue. But that switch isn’t meant to flip, without pain and trauma. That alone explains Pretty Pony Preppers. They are Oil Age Preppers not because of all the mean things I call them ( morons, lazy bastards, pussies ), but because they cannot change. I should be all like sympathetic and such, but of course I’m not. That is human nature too. I’m mocking another culture.
All the money in the world, and all the will, will NOT change your basic programming ( for the most part-exceptions prove rules ). If you don’t truly fear NOT having that food stockpile, not having those weapons, not having the mortgage free hovel, you won’t REALLY be a survivalist. As an example, I of all people know the extreme danger we are in and the obvious no doubt end we are facing. Die-off, and soon. And yet, I’m not out of total danger in my lifestyle choice because I really only ever experienced pain and trauma financially and so I only really ever planned for economic collapse.
Now, I’m so fearful of once again being poor and hungry that I take economic collapse planning to extreme lengths, true. And THAT will be very helpful during a full blown die-off. But helpful isn’t the same as fully prepared, is it? I should be living in the boonies, as a hermit, NOT in town ready to go live in my rural suburb BPOD with neighbors nearby. I have all the spaceship/lifeboat stockpile needed to survive on my own but I don’t have ENOUGH protection against the fools out there. I can justify it. “Oh, I won’t live much longer. I’m making every day count, living as I’ve always wanted to but never could, with a loving spouse for companionship”.
But that is how we roll avoiding change. We ALWAYS justify it somehow or another. But if we can change, one small reprogramming can reap rewards ( at this time, I’m fresh out of answers on HOW ). If all we start fearing is, say, debt. I mean, so fearful of you on owing anyone anything that it is more painful for you to live in a McMansion than a RV. Think on how everything would change on just that one fear. You would have savings that enabled the whole prepper lifestyle. You would WANT to move out of the city, away from crowds, away from a good paying job. ONE fear, and your whole life changes.
Fear enables reprogramming. Reprogramming makes all those previously difficult and impossible changes not just easier, but turns them into actual compulsions. All your compulsions now are cultural programming incapable of EASY change. The trick is to change on your own, before you are forced to by changing circumstances. Because by then, it is too late. The only thing I can think to recommend is that you find that one fear that changes everything else. Fear other people? Fear imprisonment? Fear the government? I’m talking about a fear that is far stronger than any fear of change. Then, perhaps, you can build and channel that fear, and then actually change. Good luck-you’ll need it!
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I thought you said the articles were going to be shorter???????????ReplyDelete
Talk about diarrhea of the mouth!
Not just this article, ALL of them!
You, sir, are an ingrate! I could be charging by the word, then where would you be? In the poor house! Okay, seriously, this IS shorter. I went from 2-3.5k a day down to 1-1.3k words. Technically, I shortened the articles. And if you think about it, I'm packing in essay and booklet length subjects into compressed form. Yes, you are welcome.Delete
Let's try to be nice! I can't please everyone, only bend to the majority vote. I just can't change completely, as shorter is what everyone else is doing. I really think I'm providing value by taking the long road deciphering the signals. Background information is how newspapers used to inform the electorate about every issue. That is all I'm doing, while others simply splash headlines around ads.Delete
Yes Jim, addressing fear and making correct or best decisions and taking physical actions in response to basis of those fears is going to be highly important in successfully surviving the incident-event-cause. Not swerving the car off the road and crashing because a small animal ran out front is a proper course. Keep it steered straight don't flinch. (having fear/emotions causing hesitation or wrong actions thus doing the stupid action will get you hurt or worse. I like to use quiet mental time to wargame out scenarios or courses of actions to the mental exercise. Plan b to every plan a to every daily activity or perceived/potential possibility. Think it out and have a proper mindset now while the living is soft and easy. Thanxs again Jim!ReplyDelete
That wargamming is key. As soon as you decide that rodent is getting run over on the road, before it happens, is an accident you avoid beforehand.Delete
I fear above all else, mistakes others make which affect myself.ReplyDelete
You already got a lifetime full of that, didn't you?Delete
Yes I most certainly have ! Yet, the many twists and turns in the long run , have made me into the person that is much more adapted to survive what may come.Delete
Sixbears stopped by the casa last week. He is every bit the nice person he portrays on his blog. His wife is indeed lovely too. Hopefully I didn't scare him away , never to return lol.
We become wise, and then we die. Too late for that hard won wisdom to do much good :) Sixbears has always seemed like a mellow and easy going fellow. Poor bastard! Without stress related early death, you'll have to face the apocalypse!Delete
I’ve also noticed that your articles started off shorter, and then slowly started creeping back up in word count. I don’t know if it’s one of those “it’s something in the water sorta things” as with reduced male testosterone, or just that I’m getting older. But it seems as if I’ve taken on ADD characteristics, and find it difficult to slog through longer articles these days. It might just be me, so it’s not a personal criticism.ReplyDelete
There’s a MGTOW forum that I frequent, and we have a few members over there in which every post is a mini novel. There’s this one African fellow that has the habit of replying multiple times in the same thread within a short time frame, and every reply that he posts is a mile long. As soon as I see one of his posts I just skip it; can’t get through his drivel. Another fellow, an Australian bloke, makes some grand posts about highly technical stuff, but as with the Kenyan, his posts require a Buddhist lifetime to get through.
I think the happy medium is the economy of words approach. You don’t want anything to be left unsaid, and some filler is good if it appears as if the article is looking too short. But you also don’t want to use thousands of words to get a point across, when hundreds of words will suffice. The last guy that I worked for at the electronics consulting company (my last real job, probably for the rest of my life) taught me a lot about writing. I had do write ups for customers from time to time. He basically said that if it was too long, no one will read it, and I’m inclined to agree.
Now in case it isn’t obvious, I violated my own rule above, and it probably went on way longer than it needed to :D
I hear what you are saying, believe me. Alas, any time I write a mere 500 words, I don't feel satisfied with it. And if I don't feel satisfied I won't write. Really, I MUST write for myself or none of it means a thing. Just as carpenter spends extra time on perfection, I can't half-ass articles. I know they are too long, but any time I try to shorten them I feel like I'm missing something. If not minute detail, then a casual entertaining tone. It seems too forced when shortened. I really, honestly, try to cut it off at just about a thousand words, and almost never more than three days worth of those. Sometimes I might creep up to 1.2 but never close to 1.5 as those just roll over to another day. Some people just don't care for reading, but will sit through padded YouTube vids. No shame in that, as others absorb info differently. Just like I can't see how others can write with music playing-I need to hear myself think. Some just hear better than see.Delete
Fear as Pain. That makes sense. It is why I chose prepping. I read voraciously, especially fiction. Stories are IMHO key to our culture as humans and to our ability to cope with the world. SO I embraced many stories especially about the future, but the apocalypse porn as delightful as I used to find it caused me to think, and from thoughtfulness to realization that caused FEAR, fear that motivated me to embrace prepping. Now that I am living a more and more prepping type lifestyle and doing my best to be prepared for my family for the PODA, I am finding doomer and post appoc. stories too scary - when the good guys are winning I see all the logical flaws and excessive luck they have, and when they are losing I gain no benefit from more fear than I already have. So I have been recently embracing only fact based information to motivate and guide my prepping, and letting all my former passion for post apoc fiction to whither. I have been enjoying fantasy and high energy sci-fi fiction for escape now (a surprising amounts of valuable PODA insight can be found in those sources too).ReplyDelete
I never thought of it that way, but I think I went through a similar process with PA fiction. Now, I don't care what I read, it just has to be a good well written novel. I just got done reading a "how to write" book where the author describes stories as you did. We crave them because they allow us to actually experience whatever is in the story. Or brain essentially suspends believe. Then, we learn from the danger being overcome. It is actually a brain training tool and why we are wired to enjoy stories. So, a good story is what allows us to become that character and overcome his obstacles. A bad story doesn't allow us to become the character.Delete
Yep, and good post appoc. fiction is pretty rare, and tends to be short (sono profit motive). You have the bones of good logic/rationality/believability to your stories (if a little narrow of a viewpoint, try thinking of how your characters situations would change if they were something other than straight white agnostic males - you don't have to write that other viewpoint, just having a little insight that way would significantly help your work gain depth) Once you can get a handle on the show don't tell and include enough action and mystery you will have a grand story. Also maybe try to set the stories out a bit from the die off. Not what YOU and I will be going through, but rather our grandkids and great grandkids when THEIR disaster strikes (wildfire refugees running into the desert and trying to take over the towns and oasis?).Delete
After reading quite a number of writing instructional books, the only conclusion I come to is nobody knows how to write. It seems you either have the gift, or can develop it, or you don't. Still not sure if I can develop it. I do understand I am guilty of the one cardinal sin, telling instead of showing, but I might be too literal to overcome that.Delete