"Society exists for the benefit of its members
not the members for the benefit of society."
the term social is defined
relating to communal
living together in an
natural evolution of groups of people
symbiotic union through mutual
of or relating to human societies and their
time spent marked by
union of allies; members of a confederacy or
of or relating to human society and its modes of
of, relating to, or involved with matters affecting human
an informal social gathering, as of the members of a church
a party of humans assembled to promote sociability and
born to act
"American society is a society in which individuals
have learned to prize social skills
that permit them, like actors, to assume the role the occasion
demands and to 'perform' their lives rather than just live them." - Neil
Gabler Those inclined toward showmanship have tended to
be able to entertain their way through life.
The ability to awe the audience
gives you a position of reverence.
Nicolas Evreinoff, a pioneering
theorist in the interplay between reality and
imagination, believed theatricality was
an "instinct" and called it
fundamental to human life.
Johan Huizinga in Homo Ludens
an instinct to
entertain as well as
be entertained, was one of the essentials of
Americans attempt to transcend social distinctions
by adopting the guise of the social status that
they which to attain.
The ability to
decieve, entertain or
entrance was deemed so important in the 19th
century that elocution become an obligatory subject in the curriculum of
The Delsarte Speaker
(1896) taught students how specific gestures corresponded to specific emotions
- what later generations would call 'body language'.
By the end
of the 19th century almost every American was familiar with the Delsarte System
and knew that hands clasped to the
breast signaled mother's
compassion, a hand clapped to one's forehead remorse, an arm extended with open
palm repulsion, both arms extended, one
pointing up and one pointing down, patriotism.
These gestures were presented by the
actors in the early silent movies.
social physics John Locke,
Immanuel Kant and
John Stuart Mill shared the belief that
there are "natural laws" governing society, and that these might be uncovered
by systematic enquiry, just as
Isaac Newton described the laws that
direct heavenly bodies.
In the 17th century
Thomas Hobbes "physics of society"
argued that the best society is a benevolent monarchy.
In the 19th
century when the French philosopher Auguste
Comte coined the term "social physics".
These early efforts were
motivated by a sincere wish to make the world a better place,
they displayed a
deterministic tendency that subjugated or denied
the role of free
Statistical physicists are now bringing formidable
theoretical tools and computational
techniques to bear on social
events with the clear
understanding that each individual as a free agent.
social physics embraces the idea that we are at liberty to make choices.
regularities still emerge from groups of
individuals who are
free to choose - within proscribed
The truth is we often have a very limited range of the
In principle we can run the lawn mower anywhere that there is
level ground without vegetation large enough to stop the blades.
we wanted to we could pick the lawn mower up and use it as a hedge trimmer
(assuming we had the physical strength) but of course we don't.
our own devices we tend to do what everybody else is doing.
We are far
more predictable than we assume.
Social physics reveals that our
freedom is constrained by laws, conventions, traditions and the effects of
interactions with fellow citizens.
is a good illustration of these
principles in action. Interactions between individuals arise here primarily
because they all aim to avoid collisions.
This makes us responsive to
what the vehicle ahead does.
Traffic appears to display abrupt
switches in flow that bear a close similarity to "phase transitions" in
Such transitions - ice melting, for example - demonstrate
that in systems of many interacting
components, things often stay unchanged until some influence reaches
a certain threshold
that suddenly flips the system into a new mode of behavior.
appears the best modeling system for understanding macro social phenomena is
Biology remains applicable at the
Social physics brushes away
romantic illusions about a free society.
The statistics of democratic
elections, for instance, indicate that they are not simply determined by
the sum of independent choices among the electorate.
Instead, they show
a mathematical pattern that
physicists recognize as the signature of
systems of strongly interacting
components, which is to say that choices
are not independent but highly interdependent.
influenced by many social elements and physicists have found that strongly
interacting systems like this are prone to
"avalanches," so that even tiny influences may engender big effects.
Social stigma is severe social disapproval of personal characteristics
or beliefs that appear outside of social cultural
Social stigma often leads to marginalization. Words in
parenthesis ( ) are examples.
Social stigmas can be physical (leprosy,
anorexia nervosa, obesity, scars or tattoos) or
(mongolism), disorders or illnesses (acne), as well as illegitimacy, skin color
or membership with a specific nationality, religion (Pentecostal)
or lack of religion (atheist)
or they may harken to fictional characters such as Vampires or Werewolves.
A social stigma may be forged by proclaiming oneself to be of a certain
ethnicity (mixed or minority), religion (Heaven's Gate),
ideology (neo-conservatism/neo- liberalism,
corporatist, communist, socialist), political party (Nazism,
Zionism) in any of a myriad of geopolitical
and corresponding sociopolitical contexts in various parts of the world.
What is excepted in one social
culture may be seen as totally aberrant in another
The perception or
attribution, rightly or wrongly, of criminality in all
social cultures carries a strong social
stigma. Since criminals (illegal drug users, thieves,
pedophiles) refuse to abide by
the rules of conduct of the
social culture it is easy to understand the
social stigma branding.
Individuals that are perceived to have poor "manners" or "strange"
behavior are many times stigmatized as criminals even though no criminal intent
or actions have been committed.
Tribal stigmas are traits of an
ethnicity, nation, or religion that is deemed to constitute a deviation from
what is perceived to be the prevailing normative ethnicity, nationality or
religion or all three.
Although the specific social categories that
become stigmatized can vary across time and place, the three basic forms of
stigma (physical deformity, unacceptable personal behavioral traits, and tribal
outgroup status) are found in most cultures and time periods.
most likely the tendency to stigmatize has evolutionary roots.
Individuals that are perceived to function poorly in the group
environment are seen as uncooperative and therefore untrustworthy.
Cooperation is the trademark of successful
Of special note here it must be pointed out that
individuals who perceive a disjunction of the social culture from actual real conditions and
speak out may be stigmatize even though they have a valid, if unpopular,
point of view.
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is presented for educational purposes only.
This website defines a
new perspective with which to engage reality to which its author adheres. The
author feels that the falsification of reality outside personal experience has
forged a populace unable to discern propaganda from reality and that this has
been done purposefully by an international corporate cartel through their
agents who wish to foist a corrupt version of reality on the human race.
Religious intolerance occurs when any group refuses to tolerate religious
practices, religious beliefs or persons due to their religious ideology. This
web site marks the founding of a system of philosophy named The Truth of the
Way of the Lumière Infinie - a rational gnostic mystery religion based
on reason which requires no leap of faith, accepts no tithes, has no supreme
leader, no church buildings and in which each and every individual is
encouraged to develop a personal relation with the Creator and Sustainer
through the pursuit of the knowledge of reality in the hope of curing the
spiritual corruption that has enveloped the human spirit. The tenets of The
Truth of the Way of the Lumière Infinie are spelled out in detail on
this web site by the author. Violent acts against individuals due to their
religious beliefs in America is considered a "hate crime."
This web site
in no way condones violence. To the contrary the intent here is to reduce the
violence that is already occurring due to the international corporate cartels
desire to control the human race. The international corporate cartel already
controls the world economic system, corporate media worldwide, the global
industrial military entertainment complex and is responsible for the collapse
of morals, the elevation of self-centered behavior and the destruction of
global ecosystems. Civilization is based on cooperation. Cooperation does not
occur at the point of a gun.
American social mores and values have
declined precipitously over the last century as the corrupt international
cartel has garnered more and more power. This power rests in the ability to
deceive the populace in general through corporate media by pressing emotional
buttons which have been preprogrammed into the population through prior
corporate media psychological operations. The results have been the destruction
of the family and the destruction of social structures that do not adhere to
the corrupt international elites vision of a perfect world. Through distraction
and coercion the direction of thought of the bulk of the population has been
directed toward solutions proposed by the corrupt international elite that
further consolidates their power and which further their purposes.
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