A Cognitive Hypothesis
A sanctimoniousness attitude inferred merely from that of a writing style partially drawing from academic philosophy and employing hyperbolic language typical of a Twitter user (mainly for the sake of keeping readers amused, if not intellectually invested) implies nothing of any actual argument being made, for those who needing mention of this. In other words, whosoever becomes annoyed of me chastising society should first question this rather than look to criticize me as an individual. Said annoyance is usually just a tacit admission of guilt, anyway. No one enjoys guilt, thus people are often inclined to make thinly veiled ad hominem attacks having little at all to do with…well, pretty much anything. In yet still other words, no one cares if you like me, with me caring least of all. FYI, I do not really write for the focus to be on m. The neurotypical tendency to focus on the ego are nothing but annoying and accomplish nothing at all. I say this in light of quite a bit of feeback from various sources that seem to like little more than guilt or vanity to me.
Anyway, guilt is a bitch, but often a bitch with a just cause. No one should enjoy feeling guilty, and anyone who enjoys feeling guilty probably requires someone of a slightly different expertise than what I examine in these blog posts. Apropos guilt, however, it is unfortunate it makes so many uncomfortable enough that rather than examining the cause of said guilt, people seem to often engage in mental gymnastics until they have convinced themselves guilt is just some emotional anomaly that could not in any way be an indication one is in need of some serious introspection.
After all, guilt is the reason most passersby refuse to even acknowledge homeless folk when walking or driving the streets, instead maliciously misdirecting the shame they feel per feelings of inadequacy to help the homeless, indeed, back at the homeless, often in the form of victim-blaming or worse, simply for the homeless existing as walking, talking, living (because the homeless are, after all, people) evidence of our very own personal role we play in contributing to this fucked up dystopian world whereof each of us is constantly seeking any reason to absolve ourselves of any responsibility for such a world just so we, the privileged, can bear to live in it ourselves, unburdened by the oh-so-unbearable inconvenience of guilt.
The tendency to do so en masse, however, has only fueled the devolution of society by way of a psychologically and environmentally destructive economic system, known as capitalism, especially in the Information Age, is one whereof victim shaming is adopted wholesale and forms the basis of an entire political ideology.
Indeed, the ideology to which I refer is not Republican, nor Democrat; nor conservative or liberal; nor that of leftist or alt-right—because, I do not know who needs to hear this (for probably every bit as much the reason you will hate to hear this), but there are actually good people on both sides trying to do what they believe is ultimately the right thing to do amidst all the temptations, confusions, and distractions from within this immoral, cultural monstrosity we call a life.
Few would ever think as much, and of those who would, even less are likely to say it, but that which is the most deadly political ideology ever conceived is none other than the ideal of freedom—yes, freedom—whereof such a vague and practically useless term has no realistic implication within either the physical nor political world, only ever seeming to imply freedom from accountability within a political context.
What is lacking from modern political discourse is the audacity to linguistically deconstruct this term down to the metaphysical, which is really what it takes to necessarily admit “freedom” is nothing but a bullshit term. Unfortunately, so long as we exist within a casual reality, we will never be free. Moreover, society is but the sum total of causal relationships between individuals and institutions wherein the term “freedom” is least applicable, because one is never free from the consequences of the actions of oneself.
This is the reality of it, and one will only ever be free of such a reality, as well, those societies contained therein, when indeed the concept of reality itself is no longer applicable—or, in other words, when one has no less than literally fucking died. Of course, many are wont to object with, “Well, yeah, okay, but listen…”, and this is precisely the problem. Everyone wants to jump into political discourse and begin carving up their own caveated version of the word, whereas why not just cut out the “middle man” and get to work outlining those obligations one has to the society whereof each of must live in it anyway, rather than polluting the narrative with all of these vague, romanticized, and, ultimately, bullshit terms?
“Freedom”, very much indeed like that of the term “progress”, is an essentially meaningless term in politics and practically all of life save that of a few very narrowly defined contexts, yet either two will galvanize the fury of the masses more quickly than that of actual public policy, and there is a reason for this. The more vague and scarce a politician keeps details—instead, substituting buzzwords for actual policy—the more likely people are to establish cults of personality beholden to the politician rather than being critical of the policy and will, furthermore, often demonstrate themselves to be more loyal to the politician than they are of their own socioeconomic circumstances, ignoring absolutely all else save for the politician and whichever enemy said politician commands of these individuals. It is absolutely sickening, but this is also the sum of American politics for you, and very likely the world over. We remain a very primitive species.
“Freedom”, as it were, is one of myriad common terms oppressors—being essentially that of abusers in an abusive relationship—dangle in front of the oppressed to keep the oppressed from seriously contemplating a reality wherein the oppressor does not exist; because, to do so is to leave unexamined the implications of what must actually occur to see such a thing realized, which instead leaves one in this reality chasing buzzwords, slogans, pipe dreams, and personalities, and thus political objectives themselves never materialize insofar as actual voters understanding what they want and how to get there, instead waiting on someone else to provide policy for them of whatever name, form, and function. What is even worse is that oppressive policies get repackaged and reframed within this fictional, binary political construct that actually results in conditions similar or worse than 30-40 years prior.
To be honest, this occurs significantly more frequently with the Democratic Party, because the Democratic Party is the presumed party of progress, after all; although, this is not in any way a defense of Republicans. Republicans do the same as well, though, after those socioeconomic positions that are explicitly regressive are accounted for, there tends to be less nuance in which to hide, but it still happens.
This has for many years now kept the oppressed of all colors and fashions remaining in this delusional offensive mode, chasing loaded terms and boogeyman personalities whereof Donald Trump is the most recent vivid example, regardless of the fact that by nearly every conceivable metric he has performed either better or on par with Biden, and when one includes the political history of Biden and the 1994 Crime Bill, sadly, the only thing keeping Biden and Trump more or less of an equal executive performance is the fact so many died in the initial waves of the pandemic, but that this was the fault of Trump alone and not heavily a feature of the system is misguided.
Recent politics either withstanding or notwithstanding, this has been a serious problem since literally forever, and it is the most significant reason very little “progress” has ever actually been made, as people tend to incorporate such terms into their very identity, as well as that of an “anti-identity”, while ultimately truly knowing nothing of oneself, politics, nor that of the history shaping the events and conditions of the political landscape today. And, this is actually a social phenomenon that occurs in practically all aspects of social group dynamics.
When Homo sapiens are in groups, they are literally the most cruel, selfish, destructive, hypocritical force on the planet, as terms become incorporated into identities cultivating environments of mass groupthink with in-group/out-group social group dynamics, ultimately begetting that which is one big-ass misconception of reality. Therefore, social conflict gets endlessly perpetuated, whereof the true extent of the essential social power structures are never fully identified and thus remain as elusive as ever. Meanwhile, those nefarious forces behind the scenes retain their timeless grip on power, so much so that tribal identity often becomes more important than even that of averting literal extinction.
Whereas, not a single individual should be annoyed by me pointing this out, regardless of however much you believe I should conform to your idea of a “porn star”, or that of any other profession, for that matter, whereof for some idiotic reason profession is commonly believed to preclude existential function. The unfortunate reality is that perceived reality for many people is predicated entirely on social environment, whereby those terms incorporated into social identity ultimately become a function of social group dynamics that, in turn, reinforce said identity, creating that of a social feedback loop, and this is literally killing us and will inevitably lead to the end of human civilization (ultimately, not a fan of this term, but will employ it here for emphasis).
The reason is these terms, indicative of social identity, often preclude no further attempt at knowledge whatsoever for most people, for in their minds qualification and thus quantification is preemptively assessed by virtue of these terms of identification alone; whereas, this is absolutely fucking absurd for the fact it is in the very nuance of language, as a formal system symbolic of a shared universal reality, wherein the explicitness of language comes to have any meaning at all, and thus must context itself, as the Actual via the Perceptual, come to inform the Conceptual. Otherwise, the cognitive function of language as a social construct becomes inverted, and the political implications for this is what we are currently witnessing today.
Conclusively, I am of the personal opinion this is essentially the point whereat eduction is most significantly failing society today. After all, this is not something easily diagnosed of society, and furthermore escapable, for the fact one often exists within and not without these social dynamics, and also that value being assessed is necessarily that value whereof its very function forms the entire edifice for defining as well as describing and evaluating such realities. Alas, such is the relationship between the Actual, the Perceptual, and the Conceptual, whereby truth itself comes to be conceptualized. However, when such a cognitive process is inverted, the result is in fact an unstable misconception of truth per that of a sound epistemological foundation ultimately lacking as the basis for any and all knowledge, including ever as well the means to evaluate said knowledge in relation to truth.