Societal Programming is one of the greatest influential forces in your life. One of the interesting things is that it makes you act blatantly stupid, even if you’re a very intelligent and/or educated person. Often when Societal Programming (or social conditioning, or cultural brainwashing, or whatever you’d like to call it) is discussed, people throw out this defense:
Yeah, that stuff affects stupid people, or uneducated people, or low-information people. I’m really smart though. I have a high IQ, I went to college, and I read up on politics/economics/history/etc all the time. Societal Programming doesn’t affect me.
Um, no. SP affects you regardless of your intelligence. It affects stupid people and very smart people alike. It affects illiterate high school dropouts, as well as people with Master’s degrees and PhDs.
Worse, the case can be made (and I have made it) that things like going to college actually increase the amount of false SP in your mind, not reduce it. This brings me to my first video example. It’s a clip that I linked to over my personal blog. The article and the video is right here. The video is about the left-wing concept of “microaggression.” You know, that’s when if you ask an Asian person where they’re from, you’re committing an act of aggression. Gotta love that Societal Programming! Isn’t it great?
The entire video over there is eight minutes long, but you only need to watch the last few seconds to see the effects of Societal Programming in action. Go to 7m:46s in the video and watch what happens to the poor, brainwashed college student when he’s asked if saying “God bless you” after someone sneezes is microaggression. Just watch the guy squirm. Watch his body language as logic and reason does battle with his false Societal Programming. Then watch, with sadness, as his Societal Programming wins, as it usually does.
Now consider a few questions:
1. Do you think that guy was stupid?
2. Do you think that guy was uneducated?
I’m pretty sure the answer to both questions is no, yet Societal Programming has turned him into a squeaking idiot anyway.
Not to pick on just the left wing, here’s an extreme right wing example, since both sides of the political spectrum are awash with false SP. In North Korea, people are raised from childhood to believe that their leaders, Kim Jong-il and Kim Jong-un, are literally gods with magical powers. Below is a video where a woman who escaped from North Korea actually thought that, even after leaving the country, Kim Jong-un would find her because he could read her thoughts from afar. She really, honestly, truly believed this, as do most of the people in that real-life Mordor.
Again, I ask the question: Is this woman stupid? Is everyone in North Korea stupid?
Of course not. SP doesn’t only affect dumb people. Rather, SP takes intelligent people and makes them stupid, or at least behave stupidly.
Speaking of behaving stupidly, let’s now look at some Western cultural SP. It’s not just North Korea that fills its citizens with insanity. We here in the West do it too.
In the below video, they performed an interesting social experiment. They had a hot girl with big boobs bare them with a low-cut shirt and sit in a mall. Many people looked at her, but no one gave her any shit. One Alpha actually hit on her. Then they switched her with another woman who breastfed her baby in the same place. This woman had far less of her breasts showing than the hot girl. This woman was also not fat, old, or ugly; she was actually somewhat cute as compared to the typical American woman. She was accosted by numerous people telling her to stop, and calling her “disgusting.” (Edit: Like many of these YouTube social experiments, this video may be fake, so be aware of that.)
Notice how even when they put both women side-by-side, people still attacked the breastfeeding one. Also notice how even when the producer of the video called these people out, none of them could provide a valid reason for why they felt the way they felt.
In my book, I demonstrate that’s one of the tell-tale signs of false Societal Programming; when someone feels very strongly about something, but when challenged they can’t provide any specific, logical reasons for why they think that way. They either just keep repeating the SP or attack you personally. I run into this all the time when I talk about long-term monogamy, marriage, older women, nonmonogamy, soft nexting, and even online dating.
You must, at all times, remember that you’re being programmed by all of the usual, major cultural sources and that the vast majority of this programming is false. Any time someone challenges one of your opinions, if you immediately get angry but can’t come up with a logical, rational reason for why you believe what you believe, you likely have just uncovered some false SP within yourself. Don’t defend it. Clean it out.
I follow this rule myself. I have many very strong opinions. However, whenever I’m challenged on any of them, I can offer very specific, logical, rational reasons for why I feel the way I do, and I do it without getting angry. If I ever feel myself getting defensive without a rational reason, I call a time out on myself and make sure I’m not defending some bullshit Societal Programming placed within me by external sources. I’m not immune to this crap either (though I’m much better at cleaning it out and keeping it out than most).
It doesn’t matter how smart you are. You’re not immune. None of us are.
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