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Friday, November 24, 2017

How to Break Free of Your Cultural Trance

   Homo Sapiens is "the storytelling animal":

Human beings are natural storytellers. Every society tells stories to its young which attempt to explain, in words which are simple enough that children can understand, the meaning of life and the identity of the people into whom they were born. As adults, we re-enact aspects of these same metaphors in patriotic and religious rituals. Outwardly, the effect of such rituals appears to be benign. But unfortunately, this power can easily be abused; for there is no absurdity so palpable that it will not be accepted if it is presented to children by those in authority and frequently repeated with great solemnity. The tribalism which results has often led to prejudice, strife, conflict, and war, as illustrated in the following video depicting the indoctrination of the Hitler Youth in the 1930s.

However, there is an antidote, As Kelley Woods recently told me, ""a book that woke me up crossed my path abiut 1990. Written by Libertarian Harry Browne, it speaks about the traps we put ourseves in and then and then outlines how we are the only ones who can extricate ourselves if we so choose. It's available to read online at no cost here  If the link does not work, copy and paste it into your browser:

It's too bad that this book was not available to German youth in the 1930s instead of Mein Kampf!

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