We are enjoying a lovely Spring here in the Limousin - a busy time working in the vegetable garden, clearing out the remnants of last years crop - digging up weeds, forking and raking the soil - spreading some muck!
Many of the weeds have deep roots which means you have to dig down quite a way to get them out. As I dug, I reflected that there is a nice analogy between the weeds and the predatory elite that seem to run the world. They both depend on underground networks that are not normally visible and are hard to get rid of - just cutting off the head has no effect. They have to be uprooted properly.
Of course, not everyone would accept that there is a predatory elite who look down on humanity with contempt and a callous indifference - convinced that what is good for them is what counts.
If you raise the subject of such an elite someone is likely to say: "oh, not another conspiracy theory!" - as happened to Max Keiser on the UK's Channel Four last night. As I watched the clip I realised that when someone says "that's just a silly conspiracy theory" - it is simply an emotional outburst generated by hitting an internal block. It has become a tool used to attack another person, when what they are saying is somehow threatening.
The cognitive frame created by the accusation "it's a conspiracy theory" is used to suggest that the person accused is being irrationally emotional - they are resorting to silly ideas rather than understanding reality.
Rather neat, huh? The attacker has arrived a point where they have an internal emotional barrier to accepting something. This barrier triggers an elevated state of anxiety. Rather than do the hard (emotional) work of understanding themselves, they throw it out at the other person, accusing them of being a silly, emotional, conspiracy theorist. A well established deflection.
While on the subject of doing the hard work to get things right, I notice that Mr Edward Miliband has a first class problem. Whilst being interviewed on a train, he tried to hide the fact that he was in a first class compartment by removing the First Class insignia from the seats!
I remember being reproached for traveling First Class by one of our sales team, Mark. When I enquired into the nature of his objection, it was clear that he thought I was traveling First Class because I looked down on the hoi polloi - that sitting in the first class carriage meant I was better than others.
In fact my reasons were quite different. I travel First Class when I can because it is usually much more comfortable, and comes with better service. I would be very happy for everyone to have that same level of comfort, space and service, I do not seek to be distinguished by it.
Rather than trying to deceive the public, wouldn't it be better if Miliband said that he wanted everyone to travel First Class. I doubt that we will hear that anytime soon. Instead we will hear talk about a two or three percent improvement for the 'lower classes'.
The notion of everyone traveling First Class is just crazy - isn't it? We have a system where we accept that the majority of people are by definition 'Second Class' - standing at the back of the church, looking at the backsides of the rich folks sitting in the few high seats at the front.
Most of the time we are able to hide from our resentment of this situation, but occasionally it bubbles to the surface. When we find ourselves dismissing somebody else's argument simply "because they are stupid" that's a clue.
That's when we can try to do the hard work, if we are ready.
Posted by Nicholas Moore 3:36:04 pm