Monthly Archives: May 2013

The End of Isms (Part 5): Conclusions and What to Do

By on May 10th, 2013

 

In the last installment, we talked about ways in which ideology, or camp-thinking, has disastrous effects upon society as a whole. We talked about how isms:

  • create enemies, by perpetuating “Us and Them” thinking
  • create warfare on our lives, even with supposedly “harmless” labels, since they eventually entrench themselves within institutions of power
  • cause us to fear and reject new ideas, since they threaten the status quo
  • cause us to ignore/dismiss desperate cries of warning, since they are perceived as an attack on our “identity” group
  • create the illusion of “sides”, hence legitimize the notion of humanity as separate tribes in perpetual competition for their own “kind”
  • pervert the entire purpose of your society, such that each of us unwittingly plays part in a larger story which continually re-affirms the “Us-Them” distinction until it becomes next to impossible to challenge

Now, let’s discuss the all-important question: what do we do about it?

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The End of ISMs (Part 4): The Disastrous Effects of ISMs Upon Society

By on May 8th, 2013

 

In the last installment, we talked about ways in which ideology, or camp-thinking, has disastrous effects on your ability to understand (and be understood by) others, and hence leads to breakdowns in communication and the perpetuation of divisions between people. We talked about how isms:

  • encourage you to surrender your thinking and perception of truth to leaders, experts, authority figures and gurus
  • arbitrarily divide like things (such as humans) into un-like things, by imposing our limited perspectives on them and fixing those differences in place with identity labels
  • invariably mean different things to different people, hence increase the likelihood of being misunderstood
  • invariably result in a breakdown of communication and the dead-end of name-calling
  • are enormous wastes of time, since most of it is spent defining and untangling our classifications for one another, and very little on actually communicating the content of our thoughts

 

I want to reiterate that what I mean by “ideologies” or “isms” is camp-thinking, i.e., Continue reading

The End of Isms (Part 3): How ISMs Drive People Apart

By on May 2nd, 2013

In the last installment, we talked about ways in which ideology, or camp-thinking, has disastrous personal effects on your mind and your life, whether adopted consciously or unwittingly through indoctrination. We talked about how isms:

  • prevent you from seeking (or even seeing) the truth (since the decision to view the world through a filter, by definition, means cutting off your search for the truth at a certain point)
  • reverse cause and effect by preventing you from considering what you honestly believe in a given situation (“That might be true… but I’m too much of an x-ist to think so!”)
  • cause you to confuse generalization with reality (since no two people agree top to bottom on everything, even within a camp of thought)
  • confuse rather than clarify (since isms are really just names for identity groups, the content of which is not agreed on, hence require lengthy explanations to make oneself clear)
  • prevent you from thinking too hard about their central ideas (since to do so would be to challenge, or attack, your own chosen identity)

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