Political and religious thoughts are in some ways easy fodder for group-think imagery.
I experienced a lot of that kind of thought when “New Agers” unhinged their minds from what they thought was a ridged scientific paradigm, to one where one could always be right in ones feelings. If you felt California was going to break off into the ocean, you and a lot of others began to plan the future around your new coastline.
Maps were made of the USA breaking of into romantic sounding regional zones, where of course New Age definitions littered the landscape. How lovely a thought. Well, it was to those who dreamed it up as their Utopian wish about to come true any day now. Sound familiar to the premillenial dispensationalist reading this? Some end is always near.
A watered down version of wishful magical thinking is ever-present in the Iraq politicized manipulations. It was an easy sell once fear is installed as the prime directive; that a magical heavenly like result would result after some localized apocalypse to someone. People unplugged from critical thinking abilities, unable to recognize a false premise from an investment guarantee or an apple, could see the new age vision as a dream to come true. After we make a big mess on someone of course. Their own personal earthquake-shake-up.
All that is require for Gang Magical Thinking is for the proof of truth to be both relativistic and disassociated from actual fact based patterns. We live in a country now where facts and theory’s are considered equals, yes, for control of your mind, true, but to keep us each busy with our confusions. A good explanation that comes down the pike then, can stand in as the view of the enlightened. Coastal properties in Arizona for Sale. Get them before they are gone and still at a low price.
NOT OWNED BY ANY ONE GROUP
Group Magical Thinking is not owned by any one type of religion or political association. It will be employed by most all political and religious leaders for self perpetuating reasons. It is as if ignorance becomes the communal guide. Sorry if communal buzzes you off this topic, since it has been installed as a buzz word; one meant to wrap a whole lot up in a flash.
But the gang mentality is a communal or tribal one, where humankind is separated off in perceptions as us against them. Does not mean that all us against them’s are false mind you, just that almost all of them are in some ways truncated concepts, intentionally on some level, meant to dehumanize others, making them expendable without too much emotional or spiritual angst.
(However, it must here be noted; separation is always an illusion. Consequences will ensue.)
Get ready for the election onslaught of GMT. It will likely spill over into religious groups since the boundaries of religion and state institutionalized concepts of separation are being ever more blurred. No matter the case, it is you and I who will be relied on to both be more fearful of someone, and promised a whole lot by someone else. Barack will fix it all? Hillary will mend it all? John will keep us all safe? Who are you really kidding. We actually own what happens, not them!
What I need ask myself is; who is behind this influence, and what promises are even able to be kept without beating someone or something up. Who is asking the most, of my ignorance?
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