There is much truth behind jokes. The joke of the divine trickster is that he’s serious.
Anyone feeling alienated yet?
You don’t need society’s acceptance. It has been shown that you only need a few select connections to thrive. A few select connections are sufficient to feel comfortable and safe in the world? If you make the cop who is looking at you nervous, what is likely to happen? How would you avoid making the cop nervous?
Perhaps it’s time to get down to brass tacks so to speak. A popular model of reality today is relativism. Everything is true only to a degree or to a specific point of view. Is it fair to say that this view has come to dominate society in most places?
Yes. Every news channel has their own “reality.” Can anyone say anything with confidence when the prevailing point of view will obviate anything you say as being “just your opinion”? What if people didn’t dismiss those young men’s statements and behavior as being “just their opinion”?
They’d feel real?
But there are way too many idiots and trolls. Why is trolling even popular practice?
Immature power fantasies.
Attention seeking? No one pays attention to them?
With good reason.
Why do they want this?
They want to feel they matter.
And yet by their actions they only prove that they don’t.
They learn to behave this way from what?
Experience, they get attention.
Social expectation. Be clever, don’t be soft, be first, do whatever it takes.
Usually, if you start to listen to people, the extremism will subside and they will start being genuine. But no one does this so it escalates. Why doesn’t anyone do this?
People want to be right even when they have no knowledge of the subject and they have clearly been proven wrong.
Did anyone make a choice in this?
I don’t think so. It’s reactionary? Reactionary, trained. We live behind a line, behind glass. The on-line virtual world of Second Life actually doesn’t feed into that. If anything it softens that influence. What do you think?
I’ve noticed in Second Life, that without the physical world sensations of the encounter, I can feel more. I notice my internal state more. Anyone else notice that?
Yes, for sure. Perhaps because you don’t get the trained social signals, or not as many.
So what would it be like if people looked carefully at each other? My own condition prevents me from focusing very well or blocking out things I see or hear. It does make it difficult for me to understand things socially. What would it do to other people and why? If no one could focus or select what they notice, what would the world look like?
Chaotic, scary. What if everyone shared that experience, then what would the world seem like?
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.