WE CONFORM BECAUSE WE FEAR

We Conform Because We Fear

The more we fear, the more we accept authority,
and the more we become dependent.

We want to belong to something or someone 
because we lack confidence in our own power
and thus, we give it away.

Don’t take my word for it!

This article talks about disease, but it’s also true of ideas and beliefs which can all create fear.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3641067/

It’s a bit lengthy… here’s a synopsis:

“According to a “parasite stress” hypothesis, authoritarian governments are more likely to emerge in regions characterized by a high prevalence of disease-causing pathogens,” the researchers wrote. They define authoritarian governance as “highly concentrated power structures that repress dissent and emphasise submission to authority, social conformity, and hostility towards outgroups.”

The book The Parasite Stress Theory of Values and Sociality: Infectious Disease, History and Human Values Worldwide further outlines how populations respond to the uncertainty felt during pathogen spread. The authors discuss how reducing social prejudice and authoritarianism can be accomplished by emancipating people from infectious diseases. However, the authors also note that a government which desired more authoritarian powers – including “full-blown fascism or genocide” – could achieve this goal by “promoting widespread mortality and morbidity from infectious diseases.”

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2 Responses to WE CONFORM BECAUSE WE FEAR

  1. Anonymous says:

    It is ironic that people will say they don’t trust them self and therefore depend upon outside power/authority, and yet they’re trusting their own decision to distrust them self, hence they actually are their own power/authority, as, you must be your own power/authority to be able to “give it away!”

    Also, you must be your own power/authority to choose to do what another has told you to do; you cannot get out of your own way so to speak, you cannot not be responsible for your choices. To not make a choice is to make a choice not to choose; hence its still a choice you are responsible for.

    Just like placing blame on someone else; you cannot give away/place what you yourself do not own!

  2. Ken says:

    Is it not ironic that people will say they distrust them self, yet they trust their own decision to distrust them self? Perhaps one is unaware of its own power and authority; that they’ve never been without it?

    You cannot get out of your own way. To give your power away reveals that you are your own power, as you cannot give away what you yourself do not posses.

    The decision to not be responsible for your actions is to be responsible for the decision to try and not be responsible.

    You are responsible for your decision to allow another to tell you what to do and then doing it, because at the root of your actions is always you, not the one telling you to do it. You open your mouth and speak words, you move your fingers arms & legs, not the one telling you to do it.

    You cannot get out of your own way. You cannot not be responsible for what you say & do. But you can be unaware of why you’re are saying and doing what you’re saying and doing.

    The unaware are unaware that they’re unaware! Awaken.

    Look at the source of your words & actions, whence do they originate?
    What is their root, what is the foundational basis upon which you say and do what you say and do?

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