|"The common people don't want war"|
When that happens a Groundhog Day habitual way of doing things sets in, often hidden in plain sight (Groundhog Day & The Climate of Fear).
Yes, "Katrina response" behavior evolves into "Sandy response" behavior, that is, doing the same thing repeatedly, but expecting a different outcome each time.
Observance of this phenomenon is not of recent origin.
For example, in January of 1859, a French philosopher by the name of Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, famously said: "the more things change, the more they stay the same."
Part of the reason for chronic cultural habit is a cultural trance or daze that is, to put it in the vernacular, social ideas perpetuated in a rut.
The notion of "the glory days" has been one of the shovels that digs those ruts, so that a society does the same thing over and over expecting a different result each time.
That is what Einstein said is insanity.
So, let's take a look into where the insanity rut comes from:
What doesn't go unnoticed is the fact that some of the character traits exhibited by serial killers or criminals may be observed in many within the political arena. While not exhibiting physical violence, many political leaders display varying degrees of anger, feigned outrage and other behaviors.(Serial Killers & Politicians Share Traits; see also here). In a Wartocracy, such as the U.S. government, the "stimulation-seeking behavior" is warmongering (e.g. "action movies" about glorifying war) and the "parasitic orientation" is aiding and abetting the "greatest" parasite (Oil-Qaeda: The Deadliest Parasite Of Civilization).
They also lack what most consider a "shame" mechanism. Quite simply, most serial killers and many professional politicians must mimic what they believe are appropriate responses to situations they face such as sadness, empathy, sympathy, and other human responses to outside stimuli.
Psychopathy is a personality disorder manifested in people who use a mixture of charm, manipulation, intimidation, and occasionally violence to control others, in order to satisfy their own selfish needs.
Although the concept of psychopathy has been known for centuries, the FBI leads the world in the research effort to develop a series of assessment tools, to evaluate the personality traits and behaviors attributable to psychopaths.
Interpersonal traits include glibness, superficial charm, a grandiose sense of self-worth, pathological lying, and the manipulation of others. The affective traits include a lack of remorse and/or guilt, shallow affect, a lack of empathy, and failure to accept responsibility.
The lifestyle behaviors include stimulation-seeking behavior, impulsivity, irresponsibility, parasitic orientation, and a lack of realistic life goals.
Regular readers know that Dredd Blog has looked at this dynamic of talking the public into a war they never want to get into:
The enemy aggressor is always pursuing a course of larceny, murder, rapine and barbarism. We are always moving forward with high mission, a destiny imposed by the Deity to regenerate our victims, while incidentally capturing their markets; to civilise savage and senile and paranoid peoples, while blundering accidentally into their oil wells.(On The Origin of The Bully Religion - 2, quoting a book from 1944 - 69 years ago). On the news today (Monday, 4/29/13) I watched this same mantra or chant coming from perverse warmongering blood lust, as the propaganda media beats once again the drums of war on behalf of Oil-Qaeda and MOMCOM.
Don't get me wrong, there is a healthy way to remember things:
reminisce (to recall past experiences, events)The problem with doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting a different result, comes from a dark pathological psychology.
reminiscence (the act or process of recalling past experiences, events)
anamnesis (the recollection or remembrance of the past; reminiscence)
It is basically knowing the wrong thing is being done while expecting a good result from that bad psychotic behavior.
Some of our music reflects this Groundhog day senseless repetition.
For instance, compare the issues mentioned in the lyrics from a 1971 song to today's social issues:
Dykes and fairies, tell me where is sanity
Tax the rich, feed the poor
Till there are no rich no more
Population keeps on breeding
Nation bleeding, still more feeding economy
Life is funny, skies are sunny
Bees make honey, who needs money, monopoly
World pollution, there's no solution
Just black and white, rich or poor
Them and us, stop the war
I'd love to change the world
But I don't know what to do
So I'll leave it up to you
(I'd Love To Change The World, by Ten Years After, lyrics: Alvin Lee, 1971). Those were the issues 42 years ago ... years before personal computers, before cell phones, before the Internet.
Remember the 1859 quote at the beginning of this post: "the more things change [e.g. technology], the more they stay the same [social problems]", because there is some truth to it.
The reason for the trance and daze is the official institutionalization of propaganda (Myth Addiction Is Establishment's LSD - 3).
The previous post in this series is here.
Ten Years After: