By thefreed 2 Comments
These are some passages that I found were interesting while studying my invitation to psychology course.
"Policies of genocide against a perceived outside enemy are almost always generated by governments that feel weakened and vulnerable.
Governments then rely on the social-psychological processes discussed in this chapter-including obedience to authority, conformity, rationalization, groupthink, deindividuation, stereotyping, and prejudice to carry out their policies."
"Of course some people do stand out as being unusually sadistic or unusually heroic. But everyone, from Rodney Peairs to Yoshihiro Hattori, is embedded in cultural norms and traditions."
Now some of you might be wondering... why exactly am I obsessed about the wrongs of the government to even write blogs about it on here even when it's pretty clear that I won't be able to do much to change any of this... (My intuition says different of course)
I feel passionate about my ideas... and like to tell them to people when I get the chance. Some people call me paranoid or delusional... maybe they're suffering from "just-world hypothesis"... but anyway I think it's important to atleast be AWARE that these things are happening around us.
The government... knowing how to influence people with their studies in psychology among other things... use this to unfairly manipulate the masses.
Even by getting them to kill the government's own enemies... or by starting fights with innocent people just because they "perceive" that the gain is more then the loss.
They might be affected by "groupthink"... but I believe that the government can't make the wisest decisions on their own. We need to take up matters into our own hands... Because they believe that the average citizen is too stupid to decide what's best for themselves.
We can't let the foolishness of our system contain us for long... There's too many losses coming from that.
The second thing I wanted to say is that... Banning prostitution, drugs and such things as gay marriages can only be more harmful then good.
Remember the prohibition act banning alcohol in the mid 1900s? Well prohibition actually increased the rates of alcoholism. Because people were denied the opportunity to drink moderately, they drank excessively when given the chance. "Also alcoholism is much more likely to occur in societies that forbid children to drink but condone drunkenness in adults (As in Ireland) than in societies that teach children how to drink responsibly and moderately but condemn adult drunkenness (As in Italy, Greece, and France). In cultures with low rates of alcoholism (except for those committed to a religious rule that forbids use of all psychoactive drugs), adults demonstrate correct drinking habits to their children, gradually introducing them to alcohol in safe family settings."
Of course there's more to it in all this and it can get mighty complex, but to put it simply banning prostitution and drugs only shoots up the criminal rates and the government uses billions of dollars each year to aid them (technology and resources) in catching these "criminals". While outlawing prostitution makes for some people to take advantage of others by taking most profits themselves and manipulating these people to sell their bodies.
If we had not banned it... Some people who have a hard time getting by... well be able to earn some money for doing these things... what's important here is social schemas. The views of people are preventing these things to happen when it's not really the wisest decision at all.
Also people everyday have sex for free... I do get why theirs negative views on this particular subject... but I don't see a reason why their should be.
The same concept also applies to the drug situation. The government spends all this money catching "criminals" while ironically making the situation worse and worse.
As I said before suppressing something will not make it disappear OR fade... it'll only fight back stronger.
The government can use the money selling drugs to put it in places where we really need it. (Such as health care, trying to create equal opportunities for everyone and making the society a bit more fair)
Who are these people who think they have the right or knowledge to choose what other people shan't do? When these people aren't harming anyone? It's only the illegal aspect of it that makes all these things shady.
If these things happened... After generations the "norms" of the society won't think any of these things are weird. Also addictions to drugs are influenced strongly by the environment and the attitudes and customs of your friends.
If these things are truly bad... society will learn in time and they will be more aware. Some people might still do it... but in the first place it's their life... their body their soul. Banning these things outright will only spurt on people who think their authority is suppressing them unfairly... and that they have no idea and they want to learn the truths themselves. And in the matter of drugs... your predispositions can greatly affect your experiences with them.
I am not saying let's make it legal so everyone can do it... I am saying that we need to create a culture where we can let people safely come in contact with these things while also letting them learn moderation.