The Womb Delusion

There’s a delusion so prevalent that it’s considered perfectly normal.  It’s the implicit assumption that somebody “out there” will take care of us.  I don’t know a name for it so I call it the womb delusion, because that’s the purest form.

We actually depend on this delusion in the womb.  We can only assume that someone “out there” will take care of us.  There’s nothing we can do about it, in the womb.  This is the necessary disposition in which we begin life, before ever encountering another human being.

As children, we experience more of same.  We don’t live in an actual womb, but there’s little difference. Parents tend to provide the necessities and shield their children from bad things, so that they don’t have to worry about them.  Depending on the culture and environment, this goes on for 8 to 28 years old. Today we let kids maintain the delusion longer and longer, partly because they need it in this world.

The womb delusion takes the pressure off, and let’s us develop without developing anxiety disorders, and that’s a good thing.   Given the necessity of the delusion, it should be no surprise that it’s automatic, presumably bred into us through evolution.

Some people retain the delusion well into adulthood, if they can, such as if they have a guarantee of employment or significant entitlements, which shelter them from outside forces.

This brings up the chief/supporter division.  Humans generally evolved in tribes of around 300 people, according to some experts.  In such a tribe, there would have been one chief, or only a few, and the rest of the tribe had to be followers.  This was necessary to function.  If everyone strove to be a chief, the tribe would tend to break down and become vulnerable to attack, and competition might get deadly.  The vast majority of people simply had to acquiesce to the chief(s), and it seems evolution took account of these odds by wiring us to fall in line, unless there was a strong enough reason not to.

As it happens, most people do seem willing to let chosen leaders act without opposition, or oversight, even knuckling under to bad leaders over long periods of time.  This seems similar to a womb delusion, where we tend to assume that our leaders will take care of us, despite any concerns that they may not.   Children have a much the same relationship with their parents,  so it seems reasonably accurate to use the same term for both.  A definition for  “responsible leader delusion” would be almost identical.

Why is this important to TSIS?  A critical goal of the project is to make it much easier to overcome the womb delusion when there is nobody “out there”, or if they’re there, but doing a particularly bad job.  Without information integrity, we can’t even know that much about our leaders.  TSIS solves this, and all the other problems involved in organizing, taking action, and getting our democracies working again.

It’s just a website, but I believe it’s the right website, and the alternative seems to be nothing at all.

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