The Suffering Herd Effect

Ever wonder why people ignore so many big issues, like enormous waste (e.g. $21 trillion gone missing in the US federal government, equal to the accumulated debt so far).

My theory is that our ever higher level of fear and suffering causes the herd (us people) to tune out and quietly accept problems. If everybody around us is suffering, we just have to get through it, rather than rip each others throats out. More suffering means more letting go. Tada? So maybe evolution instructs us to hunker down and wait for a change in environment, la de da.

As you may know from my post about increasing fear since the 1960s, I firmly believe (as does Noam Chomski) that the BIG money is purposely squeezing the middle class, and moreover maintains a high fear level on purpose, via media, war, scares, etc. The more afraid and overwhelmed and isolated we feel, the less likely we are to protest and realize the power of numbers. If you’re afraid for yourself, you’re not concerned about esoteric rights or about elites slowly twisting democracy, as much as keeping a job and feeding your children. Something like 50% of Canadians are $200 from insolvency.

I’ve watched kids to see why they are so much happier than the rest of us. Before adolescence, I think they assume by default that somebody is taking care of things (womb delusion, an earlier article) and the world is safe. Safety frees them to be happy.

The theory says that this sense of safety is what kids lose as they become adults today. They are habitually worried, and strapped for options. I often see adults rush by on the verge of panic to get somewhere, as I walk around downtown on weekdays. Today I literally had a game of chicken with a sidewalk plow at 25km/hour. He’s gotta move to survive. Uber drivers earn $8-12/hour, according to their own website. More and more people are being crushed out of the middle class into this hell.

The TSIS solution is to make BIG money transparent, which is the goal of the last of the 7 TSIS subsystems.

The BIG money often think they’re victims (I’ve read, heard, and seen it first hand). They may not see that they are victims of each other, first, and that limited transparency can make them safer and happier. Even so, I can’t see them willingly welcoming the TSIS solution. There will be a fight! That’s why it comes last.

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