"Society exists for the benefit of its members
not the members for the benefit of society."
"We can in the foreseeable future, develop
macroscopic assessments of our social order, predict our future and put social
processes under control. I am reasonably convinced that social technology can
be developed so that it would be possible to gain considerable control over
many societal processes. American social science has been, in large
measure, geared to the needs
of the ruling elites of our social institutions. The literature of social
accounting can be thus viewed as an ideology which justifies the emergence of a
new ruling class that will provide "objective", "scientific" and
non-ideological advice to the "rulers" of society." - Michael Springer 1970,
Social Indicators, Social Reports and Social Accounts: Toward the Management
"When the habits of
subconscious selection and substitution of thought-data (paralogisms) spread to
the macrosocial level, a society tends to develop contempt for factual
criticism and to humiliate anyone sounding the alarm."
"Man is born into
society just as an ant is born into its ant-hill or a bee into its hive;
man is born into society from
the very moment that he takes his first step toward humanity, from the moment
that he becomes a human
being that is, a being possessing to a greater or lesser extent the power
of thought and speech.
Man does not choose
society; on the contrary, he is the product of the latter, and he is
just as inevitably subject to the natural
laws governing his essential development as to all the other
natural laws which he must
obey." - Mikhail Bakunin
"People do not consciously and rationally choose
the form of their society. Societies develop through processes of social
evolution that are not under rational human control." -
social is defined as:
intended for convivial
relating to communal living
living together in close
natural evolution of groups of people
through mutual intercourse
of or relating to human societies and their
time spent marked by friendly companionable
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
"American society has
lost its capacity to look past the ever present howls of single issue litmus
tests, and it is not looking at thefundamental shared challenges that face
us as humans and Americans regardless of our social status, politics, values or
faith. Every one of us has
abdicated the responsibility of leadership by letting earnest and sometimes
contentious dialogue of substance give way to the shortsighted
selfishness exhibited by our
political leaders and the
corporate media. Consensus on critical issues by
opposite camps is a hallmark of a
civilized society that can move forward while agreeing to disagree. We're not
only not moving forward, we're regressing."- Nick Peters, 09/05
"My personal experience supports and confirms what I have since
learned as a social scientist with a doctorate in the history of religions:
Healing has always and everywhere in human history been practiced by religious
experts. Life, death, illness and
mystery are the province of both religion
and science. In fact, one can demonstrate that the physician, a medical
scientist, is also a religious expert. In our
seriously misguided technological
society, we divide knowing about ultimate things from religious practice,
calling it "science," which is merely the generic word for knowledge. In our
actual experience, religion and technology are intermixed. Attempts
to seperate medical practice from spiritual life is not only lamentable, it is
impractical. People seek consolation when they or their loved ones are ill, and
they hope for miracles. I am not arguing that
prayer heals all ills or that science
is incomplete without rituals.
I am arguing that the
mystery of being human includes the necessity of religion - in one form or
another. I don't argue this because I am a Christian but because I am an
agnostic and a scientist with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge in any form
that it takes." - Jean E. Rosenfeld 12/06
at a complete loss to see how any society that considers itself to be
evolved and civilized can
entertain the thought of any
sort of torture of another human being. Yet
the discussions in the American Capitol are not that inhumanity is wrong
because it demeans and lowers us to a status below
animalism, but because it might cause the
same vicious behavior to be used
upon our own. What manner of people are we to argue that the savage misdeeds
perpetrated by others justify the same sort of treatment by us? Even if we were
unaware that information obtained by hideous means is generally
false and are sure that unspeakable actions have
been and are being taken by others, our own moral, ethical, civilized beliefs should preclude vengeful acts
that mirror those who would destroy us. Otherwise we lose all claim to having
developed more than the thinnest veneer that, when scratched, returns us to the
stage of the first man who walked upon a dangerous Earth millenniums ago." -
Eleanor Jackson 10/06
"Modern corporations have targeted children of
all ages with the most ambitious social stimulus response campaign in American
history. Children have been taught the logic of the
invisible hand of the
market - that everything is for sale, corporations are your friend, and things
can be valued more than people. Societal taboos that seperated childhood
development and the market have been
forgotten. The child's
consciousness has been put up for sale in
schools, in the home, and in the community."- Jamie Court
"The social whole, whose value is assumed to be
greater than that of its component parts, is not an organism in the sense that
a hive or a termitary may be thought of as an organism. It is merely an
organization, a piece of social machinery. There can be no value except in
relation to life and awareness. An
organization is neither conscious nor alive. Its value is instrumental and
derivative. It is not good in itself; it is good only to the extent that it
promotes the good of the individuals who are the parts of the collective whole.
To give organizations precedence
over persons is to subordinate ends to means. What happens when ends are
subordinated to means was clearly demonstrated by Hitler and
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
"One's worth relative to others appears to be more
important to the individual than their absolute worth. The cultural standard
for being "well off" has thus become greater today than ever. The race to think
up, beyond one's needs and means, has become a national
obsession. The societal perspective encouraged by the corporation is
for the individual to look up, not down. In this way, many individuals fail to
see the actual distribution of wealth in society." - Jamie Court
born to act
"American society is a society in which individuals
have learned to prize social skills that permit them,
like actors, to assume whatever 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 your
audience gives you a position of
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 suggested play, an
entertain as well as be
entertained, was one of the
essentials of human existence.
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.
Only one type of social cohesion ever has or ever will
occur. That social cohesion occurs when individuals are at liberty to cooperate
with other individuals each on his or her own terms on a level playing field
with internal umpires.
patriarcial social structure
"In social sciences, the conventional terminology
eliminates critical standards and puts ethics on ice." -
Human "civilization" has lasted for
a very short period of time.
Observing the Natural Order of Baboons
stationed in the Baobab Tree humans emulated
the baboons social structure (or
perhaps it just came naturally). In any case the baboons on the lower branches
of the tree grew tired of being shat upon.
So, striking out on their
own, the other baboons left the Baobab tree with the biggest baboon sitting all
by himself in the top of the tree. The other baboons, cooperating, thrived and
they soon realized that they did not need a Supreme Leader sitting in the top
of the tree fertilizing them to thrive.
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 will.
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.
Statistical social physics
embraces the idea that we are at
liberty to make
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 choices.
In principle we can run the lawn mower
anywhere that there is level ground without vegetation large enough to stop the
blades. And if 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.
Left to our own devices we tend to do what everybody else is doing.
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 physics.
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.
It appears the best
modeling system for understanding macro social phenomena is physics. Biology
remains applicable at the quantum level.
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
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.
Choices are 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
Social stigma often leads to marginalization.
Words in parenthesis ( ) are examples.
stigmas can be physical (leprosy, anorexia nervosa, obesity, scars or tattoos)
or mental disabilities (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 created 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
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
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.
It is 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 social
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
The melting pot is a metaphor
for a heterogeneous society
becoming more homogeneous.
Through Alchemy the different elements "melt together" as in the crucible
creating an amalgamated harmonious alloy. A
homogeneous society becomes more
the influx of
foreign elements with different cultural background which creates cultural
disharmony within the previous culture. The melting-together metaphor was in
use by the 1780s. The exact term "melting pot" came into general usage in the
US after it was used as a metaphor describing a fusion of nationalities,
cultures and ethnicities in the 1908 play of the same name.
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author feels that the falsification of reality outside personal experience has
created a populace unable to discern propaganda from reality and that this has
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agents who wish to foist a corrupt version of reality on the human race.
Religious intolerance occurs when any group refuses to tolerate religious
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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
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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.
social mores and values have declined precipitously over the last century as
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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
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