Do you know this moment?
A moment when you walk in the corridor, and there is this person that you’ve met before. You don’t know him enough to say hello, or you think that he should say it first. The same is true for this person. You glimpse at him while walking; he does the same to you, nothing happens.However, if you try to concentrate on your emotions and focus on other person’s behavior, you’ll find the strength of this moment. You’ll be able to observe the forces that both attract and repel you.
I was walking in the corridor then there was this girl. I met her before, we talked once, like six months ago.
I looked at her, she looked at me. I didn’t want to say hello or something. I just observed (I enjoy observing world around me).
No, No, I didn’t stare or anything, I hate when people do this. I just glimpsed at her two or three times.
The last glimpse was a bit longer than 3 seconds. I looked directly in her eyes. I was full with anticipation. What would happen?
Then, I saw her eyes, she was looking directly at me,
I continued looking, and I saw for a short instant in her eyes confusion, question, and doubt. Her eyes started looking for another fixed point,
in an attempt to break the short connection formed between us for 1 or 2 seconds.
Finally, she looked at the floor.
We passed each other and never met again.
You may call me weird, but once you try it yourself, you’ll understand what I’m talking about.
Where am I?
It’s cold and dark out here. It smells terrible, I cannot breath.
I hear slowly approaching footsteps. I feel this.
He is here. What do I do? I cannot move.
No, he knows where I am. Some one help me!
Don’t, Don’t do this to me. No, don’t cut me. AHHHHhhh My body, my body is ….
He left. When will it all end? I can’t take it anymore. I won’t last long.
I don’t wanna die, I’m too young and … Why it’s me not someone else?
God please! Save me!
The sacred heat. Formation of heat is accompanied by frequent periodic movements of their bodies. They charge surroundings with enormous energy. They increase disorder around them and in them. They become one and no one. Their eternal flight compressed into a moment ends when they hit limits of their possibilities. Their fall is sudden and quick. In an instant, they pass from the top to the bottom, for the gravity increases as one goes higher.
To be capable of everything and do justice to everything, one certainly does not need less spiritual force and èlan and warmth, but more. What you call passion is not spiritual force, but friction between the soul and the outside world. Where passion dominates, that does not signify the presence of greater desire and ambition, but rather the misdirection of these qualities toward an isolated and false goal, with a consequent tension and sultriness in the atmosphere. Those who direct the maximum force of their desires toward the center, toward true being, toward perfection, seem quieter than the passionate souls because the flame of their fervor cannot always be seen.
From The Glass Bead game by Hermann Hesse
If we observe the development of humanity through ages of human evolution, we are going to notice the same pattern, search for uniqueness. Everyone wants to be different and must be different; this can be easily observed in every written book, conversation, and movie. However, this search for uniqueness is the eternal source of human problems because difference creates instability.
Asymmetric world is unstable, for the parts of such system are always changing. Think about it, what is harder to control, herd of sheep or herd of sheep mixed with wolves and elephants. Obviously, the second herd cannot even exist in nature, but if it existed, then it would be impossible to control, since wolves eat sheep. Now, let’s think about human society: we have social hierarchy and tend to stay in groups. This herd behavior is called the human herd. Sheep herd is a symmetric system which can be easily controlled by dogs, for their behavior fallows the same pattern, since they are all the same and respond in the same way to stimuli. On the other hand, human society is an asymmetric system because it is composed from individuals whose values and interest change unpredictably. Thus, making it really hard to control. However, the difference between individuals creates conflicts and leads to social instability. To eliminate the social conflicts and make society easy to control, government is installed and propaganda of certain values is made.
Different social movements are fighting this system, the most popular of them are Anarchists and Anonymous. These social movements go against the homogenization of culture and society and promote uniqueness and critical thinking. In the same time, they are destabilizing current social system by increasing the gap between humans; thus, creating fertile soil for social conflicts on different levels and destroying current human civilization.
The modern progress of humanity is due to the homogenization of cultures and individuals. For example, the promotion of consumerism among people supplement economical growth of many countries. Also, the promotion of common ideology – democracy and human rights- makes wars less frequent among countries who accepted it. No one would fight with oneself (by this I mean no one would attack another person whose believes are completely similar to one’s). In addition, this homogenization permits to humans to focus on the specific fields of research making the results faster to achieve, for the task is accomplished faster if there are 20 people working on it, than if there is only one human.
It’s clear that humans have chosen symmetric system which for certain boosts our chances of survivor and progress. However, one question worries me: Is the loss of individuality for the sake of human progress worth it?
All of the marketing strategies are based on the priming effect. Priming effect is the psychological trick which uses human inability to control associative activation: the term used to describe when one idea evokes other associated ideas, launching a domino chain. Also, one must agree, ideas provoke action and change in psychological state. For example, when you think about sex, you will experience specific emotions, and you may take certain actions. To sum up, publicity uses different stimuli to prime (the process of applying priming effect) a consumer to a specific type of emotions and actions.
Emmy award-winning film is a look into how people can develop multiple personalities. This is a look at the amazing capacity of the mind to survive abuse through the splitting off of personalities. Usually taking hold in childhood, Multiple Personality Disorder is thought of as many people’s way of shutting out abuse and trauma from their formative years. During this film we get to see some people who suffer from the disorder, whilst exhibiting their various different personalities.
Film by: HBO / Michael Mierendorf / Gloria Steinem