|The Cathedral of the Bully Religion|
In the first post of this series Dredd Blog presented an overview of bully worship.
In this post we want to look at the psychological DNA if you will, that is, some of the things taking place within the minds of those who practice the bully religion.
The phenomenon of bully worship is as strange as why wannabe boys hang and identify with bullies at school.
Also strange is the conclusion of many psychologists and other social scientists who have tended to view the wannabes as the underlying problem, rather than viewing the bully, the source of the bullying, as the fundamental problem:
We know an awful lot about authoritarian followers [Class B]. In one way or another, hundreds of social scientists have studied them since World War II. We have a pretty good idea of who they are, where they come from, and what makes them tick. By comparison, we know little about authoritarian leaders [Class A] because we only recently started studying them. That may seem strange, but how hard is it to figure out why someone would like to have massive amounts of power? The psychological mystery has always been, why would someone prefer a dictatorship to freedom? So social scientists have focused on the followers [Class B], who are seen as the main, underlying problem.(Entitlement: Entitlement To Endless Wars?, quoting The Authoritarians). One has to wonder why the weak are seen as the main problem, and why all the glorifying media attention is focused on the bullies themselves?
The answer is that the bully religion has turned us against the weak in a variety of ways that are subtle and subconscious.
But before we get into that fully, let's set the stage a bit more by noticing how deep and wide the problem is, as pointed out in another Dredd Blog post:
In the first post of this series, we pointed out that most Americans polled in an annual Gallup Poll think that the military is the most competent institution in America.(Stockholm Syndrome on Steroids? - 2). Paradoxically, in another post of that series, Dredd Blog pointed out that if a corporation behaved like the military, it would be held in public contempt:
In that post we perused Gallup Poll figures from 2009, as shown on the graphic to the left (red lines added).
Today in 2011, the military is still seen as the most competent American institution, according to this year's Gallup Poll, even though the wars they are prosecuting are not at all popular.
Never mind that 18 of the military / veterans per day commit suicide, totalling 6,570 per year, which amounts to more in one year than all enemies have killed in all the wars over the past decade of war fever.(Etiology of Social Dementia - 6). The recent uproar over the bullying of young boys by a Penn State football coach, and the cover up afterward, are indications that the problems in the military do not qualify it as the most competent, just as Penn State will no longer be seen in the light it was before the sexual bullying saw the light of day.
Never mind that the DoD admits that 19,000 rapes of women soldiers take place each year, a figure disputed by watch-dog organizations that say the number is far greater.
Never mind that only about 200 per year of those 19,000 rapists are prosecuted.
Never mind that when prosecuted those rapists are given misdemeanor, not felony punishments, which are little more than a slap on the wrist.
Never mind that the military does not produce anything useful to society, because their business is destruction not production, as has been seen in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Vietnam.
Never mind that the military has a hair trigger nuclear system that is prone to error and accidental launch scenarios that would make the human species extinct.
Never mind that this pathological behavior is all learned behavior, now being taught as an art in The War College.
I dare say that the U.S. population would not have that opinion of a corporation which had the same statistics of torture, war crimes, suicide, and rape.
Illusion and Myth
Massive illusion and myth are two sides of the same coin, and are forms of social dementia infecting both the clergy and laity of the bully religion.
The bully religion is a belief system which requires, for bona fide membership, a clergy and a laity that are out of touch with reality in some significant degree.
The Dredd Blog post Myth Addiction Is Establishment's LSD - 3 shows that some myths within the bully religion go back to the 18th century, but are still active in the thinking of current members of the clergy and laity of the bully religion.
Another shocking factor we can add here, is that the clergy and laity evolve to learn to love the absence of reality, which this blog has touched upon:
“There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution.”(Wee The People - 3). That "pharmacological method" is focused on a bit more in the the final section of this post ("The Culprits").
Dr. Lakoff - The Brain Physically Changes
In the short video at bottom of the Dredd Blog post Etiology of Social Dementia - 5, Dr. George Lakoff makes a lot of statements which reveal that some of our myths and falsehoods go back a long time, but are still predominant today.
In addition, Dr. Lakoff has been quoted as saying:
Thought is physical. Learning requires a physical brain change: Receptors for neurotransmitters change at the synapses, which changes neural circuitry. Since thinking is the activation of such circuitry, somewhat different thinking requires a somewhat different brain. Brains change as you use them-even unconsciously. It's as if your car changed as you drove it, say from a stick shift gradually to an automatic.(The Toxic Bridge To Everywhere). Our brains change in shape, in configuration, as we take in more or different information.
Combining that with the information in the above section "The Authoritarians", would indicate that the brains of the Type A authoritarians are not the same configuration as the brains of Type B authoritarians, nor are the brains of liberals the same configuration as the brains of conservatives, for examples.
Skull and Brain Size Changes
Recent studies show that the skull, and therefore the brain, of Americans has changed in shape and size over the past century or so:
The American population has experienced remarkable change in cranial morphology. Some of these have already been documented, but this paper expands on previous results by increasing the time frame, sample sizes and attempting to identify points in time when change begins, or proceeds most rapidly, which in turn may provide clues to reasons for the changes.(The Skulls They Are A Changin', quoting a recent study). These studies will continue in an effort to identify the cause or causes of the physical brain and covering cranial changes which these remarkable studies have found.
One of the tenets of the bully religion, possibly derived from Social Darwinism, is that human aggression is natural, but recent studies oppose that view:
The concept that humanity has a violent and evil core is widespread; it is one of the oldest and most resilient myths about human nature. From historical and philosophical beliefs to current popular and scientific beliefs, the view that a savage and aggressive beast is a central part of our nature permeates public and academic perceptions. Given this view, it is a common assumption that if you strip away the veneer of civilization, the restraints of society and culture, you reveal the primeval state of humanity characterized by aggression and violence.(Diagnosing The Dogs of War, quoting a recent study). So, we can safely say that we have been formed and shaped by powerful forces, literally and figuratively, including our brain and our thinking, by what we have learned / been taught.
While there are many reasons for the resilience of this myth, the most powerful one is the simple fact that humans today can and do engage in extreme levels of violence and aggression.
Let's take a look at some of the sources that are players in shaping the way we learn, and therefore think, as a civilization, a nation, or an individual.
The Liturgy of The Bully Religion
The liturgy of the bully religion has been condensed, to a large degree, within three Dredd Blog posts: Ayn Rand: Patron Saint of The Plutocracy, The Ways of Bernays, and Blind Willie McTell News.
The preaching, teaching, and practices of the bully religion are highlighted by annual "holy days" that exalt imperialistic militarism, the operative and ultimate foundation of bully worship.
Can you think of any of those "holy days" now called holidays?
The 1% are comprised substantially, at the top rung, by oil barons and war profiteers, who peddle the oil drug, and who are the high priests of the bully religion.
One Dredd Blog post commented on Huxley's quote above, about a "pharmacological method" of control, as follows:
I doubt that Huxley really understood how that would happen, since he used a traditional pharmacological mechanism to articulate his vision.(Sickology vs. Penology). The oil-drug-peddling international corporations, that provide us with our current drug of choice (chosen for us by those 1%, our civilization's main "pharmacists") are discussed in the Dredd Blog series MOMCOM: The Private Parts.
Even though, as it turns out, he was correct in principle, it is just that he did not understand that the mega-drug would be oil.
Oil is the drug of choice that fits the bill for "a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude", it is just that the "pharmacological method", as it turns out, is not addiction to a pharmacological something which you buy at the local traditional drug store.
Instead, we buy the big drug at the local gas station (the "service station" in 1950's parlance), the Quick Stop, the Seven Eleven, or "the convenience store" (in post-peak-of-sanity civilization's parlance).
That post has a review of the subject matter contained in the recently published book "Private Empire."
That war profiteering private empire, the WMD and war businesses, the corpus of the bully religion, is discussed in the Dredd Blog series The Virgin MOMCOM.
The trinity which composes the full concept of MOMCOM begins to be described in fundamental terms with the Dredd Blog post MOMCOM - A Mean Welfare Queen.
The actual structure of society that this bully religion has shaped in the United States is formally described as a Plutocracy, which when compared to what people in the public think the economic structure of the U.S. is, reveals massive loss of touch with reality.
The bullies are at the top, are the 1%, and the rest of us are the 99%, nevertheless we tend to worship them or their doctrines, in one way or another, as we have been taught to do.
The next post in this series is here, the previous post in this series is here.
What olde bully worship Dredd?