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sociology - the structure of analysing belief systems

language for manipulation,
exaggeration and hypocrisy

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language for manipulation, exaggeration and hypocrisy continues from the moderation problem.
Most human communication is rubbish.
Through observing the increasing numbers of psychological mistakes originating from popular mass media and other opinionators, abelard pinpoints how current language damages society's mental and social fabric.

"The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons." [1]

"Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing." [2]

"How can I help but see what is in front of my eyes? Two and two are four.”

“Sometimes, Winston. Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once. You must try harder." [2]

    the meaning of survival in the human state
    1. A great deal of human behaviour is driven by blind survival drives.

    2. Humans are becoming conscious, and need to understand how to control those drives, otherwise they will wreck the planet and themselves with it.

    3. The prime inherited drives are to breed and to not be eaten.

the meaning of survival in the human state
breaking paranoia's positive feedbacks
nightmare! the corruption of language - emotion displaces reason

just so stories
exciting, inciting behaviours in others
bibliography         end notes
related reading about sociology and socialism
  1. Humans are often a damn nuisance to each other.
    They form collectives which interfere with their ability to get on with their own lives.

  2. Yet, if they do not form collectives, other collectives attempt to invade and thus otherwise to disrupt their lives.

  3. Thus they tax each other, they tend to war against each other, instead of getting on with their own quiet and productive lives.

  4. Much of the abelard.org website describes the logic of just getting on with your lives.
    But then comes the irrationalist, collective pressures.

  5. However, if you are not part of a collective, for instance a nation, you are vulnerable to any highwayman or opportunist dirt bag.

  6. Thus there is a conflict between your independence and your simple wish to be left alone.

  7. These insecurities tend to drive most people to overvalue money and commit all manner of crimes to get their hands on money.

    breaking paranoia's positive feedbacks
  8. Paranoia sets up dangerous positive feedbacks.

  9. The black is paranoid of the police, and so acts negative,    suspicious, uncooperative.

  10. So the police learn to expect it.
    In turn, they become nervous, irritable.

  11. Thence blacks, gypsies or other minorities in turn learn to distrust police (and other would-be 'authorities') .

  12. This is a generalised problem in human behaviour.

    It cannot be stopped until people learn better people skills.
    Thus, it is better that such skills taught systematically in society.

    nightmare! the corruption of language
    emotion displaces reason
  13. I doubt that I could ever emphasise adequately the vast amount of fiction and just so stories that parade in the rhetoric and drivel that is served up by politicians and media as commentary upon everyday happenstance. This is all organised by monkeys seeking to enhance their control over resources (and money). It is all wrapped up in a tinsel of adjectives and emotional superfluidity.
    Reporters and politicians destroy the language as they encourage people to emote instead of to think.

    It is time for some lists of fashionable non-words with their translations:
    non-word word
    nightmare minor disturbance
    disgrace minor mistake
    outrage minor problem
    perfect storm coincidence
    (absolutely) devastated upset
    make history winning a goal in an obscure football game
    I need
    we need

    I want

    We, everybody, most people I
    self-esteem encouraging a person to believe that they can do a task that in reality they cannot (a belief that they are more capable than ability warrants)
    closure revenge
    non-word word
    moment of truth what happens next
    justice what we want, frequently money
    victim, survivor upset, looking for sympathy/compensation
    PTSD upset, looking for sympathy/compensation
    pay tribute to looking for sympathy/compensation
    virtue signalling
    to be honest
    to be perfectly frank and honest

    I am about to lie to you
    tragic deaths I am a good person who cares.
    Now a death cannot be mentioned without adding 'tragic' (or else 'sadly')
    awesome, super cool, 110%, wonderful, amazing,
    spot-on, important, hugely massive
    good, person or action that is approved of

    Just so stories
  1. Much use of language involves just so stories. Every salesman seeks supposed advantages for her victim, let alone politicians or even reporters. Thus, the estate agent doesn't tell you about the problem with the drains. Every barrister in court tells you butter wouldn't melt in the mouth of his client, or else the defendant's the worst monster since Stalin. And so it goes on, not a seeking for facts but attempts to distort, confuse, and to gain advantage. Most humans are not very nice, but we do the best we can.

  2. People make up just so stories that embellish, or justify, or absolve their actions - "I am a victim", "I had no choice", or provide 'virtue signalling'. Other , mostly visual, just so stories claim a country's racial make up to be the inverse of reality.

    exciting, inciting behaviours in others
  3. Humans spend much of their time trying to excite and incite other human monkeys into doing what they want others to do, rather than encouraging those people (monkeys) to act in their own interests.

  4. Unfortunately, humans are remarkably inclined to states of excitement. This may work for a band of chimpanzees, or a football crowd, but it is not a wise behaviour for reasoning beings. It may even have worked for bands of warring tribes, but it is suicidally self-destructive for modern societies.

  5. People are not narcissists, they do not seek control.
    These labels are attempts to control the narrative of other people.
    "I'd rather they do what I want them to do, not what they are trying to do themselves that they decided themselves to do."
    All sounds rather narcissistic to me!


Conduct of Life: A Philosophical Reading by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Conduct of Life: A Philosophical Reading by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Independently published, 2020, pbk

£19.00 [amazon.co.uk] {advert}

ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08CWG63D4
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8656091077

Independently published, 2021, hbk

£16.45 [amazon.co.uk] {advert}

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8484624218

Conduct of Life: A Philosophical Reading by Ralph Waldo Emerson

1984 by George Orwell

1984 by George Orwell

 ValdeBooks, pbk, 2021

$12.73 [amazon.com] {advert}

ISBN-10 : 1444475029
ISBN-13 : 978-1444475029

Sanage Publishing House, 2020
Kindle edition

$13.36 [amazon.com] {advert}


Just so stories for children by Rudyard Kipling
Just so stories for children by Rudyard Kipling

Suzeteo Enterprises; Illustrated edition, hbk, 2019

£12.00 [amazon.co.uk] {advert}
$14.92 [amazon.com] {advert}

ISBN-10 : 1645940160
ISBN-13 : 978-1645940166

This edition is an illustrated reproduction of the original edition.

We have not included any paperback editions because the publishers of these appear to think they know better than Mr. Kipling as how to illustrate the stories, or even how to write them.

end notes

  1. Quotation from Conduct of Life: A Philosophical Reading by Ralph Waldo Emerson

  2. Quotations from 1984 by George Orwellreturn to the index

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