THAT’S US BABY!
We are the ape with the built in ability to “construct” a reality that best suits our needs at the time… Evidence, proof, logic and other peoples opinions BE DAMNED! All are totally irrelevant in the face of mankind’s innate suggestibility. Culture is the medium by which suggestibility is channeled or directed down “acceptable” paths. Directing suggestibility is the primary function of culture.
Lets examine three American cities with regard to their culture and that local cultures ability to direct suggestibility and, as a result, what is considered real in that particular location.
In Salt Lake City, Utah, no one would be considered insane for believing that a magical person named Jesus visited America (after he was executed in what is now the Middle East) and spoke to the local inhabitants. It would likewise not be considered odd for a person to believe that, after death, one would, if they conducted themselves appropriately while alive, spend eternity in the sky with their entire family by their side. Furthermore, wearing underpants marked with secret signs and symbols would, in Salt Lake City, be considered a very wise move if one wanted to ward off demons and their influence.
In Boston it would not be considered insane to believe that the use of birth control would result in the user spending eternity in a place of torture and torment…unless said usage was appropriately confessed to a qualified celibate man sitting, in the dark, within a wooden box for the purpose of hearing such confessions.
In Lynchburg Virginia it is not considered insane to claim the earth to be but 6000 years old and our human ancestors to have ridden upon the backs of brontosauruses and stegosauruses. It is further considered well within the realm of sanity to expect righteous people to disappear into the sky, leaving their dentures and eye glasses behind, at any moment.
Since all three of these locations are within the boundaries of America and all three conflict rather wildly with each other… what is a rational person to make of this? Since the three examples given do not even begin to scratch the surface of the wildly conflicting paranormal belief systems that blanket and infect America we are want to ask… How, and for how long can such bedlam be considered governable?
“How many times have we heard people say they want to “find them self”or allude to the desire to be “true to themselves”? Such talk is pure folly for all we can ever find is culture. Each of us is destined to become culture because, as Homo Suggestibilis, we are not intended to escape. Culture and its primary product, paranormal belief, is, or was, good for us.
Culture is the vehicle of normal insanity and counter-intelligence. It is the Central Bank, if you will, of “suggestion” that we draw from to transform chaos and terrifying truths into order and soothing untruths. Culture manufactures the stupidity we desperately need and crave to function in this world.
Culture is the “invention” of a creature in need of something to absorb the chaos and overwhelming mystery of the universe it finds itself imprisoned within. As such, culture must be understood in the light and context of our fundamentally theological natures. It is an invention of our paranormal belief imperative and entirely…. at its service.”
[As Christopher Dawson states]… “While culture is an organized way of life, it is never conceived as a purely man-made order… it is founded on a religious law of life, and this law in turn depends on non-human powers toward which man looks with hope and fear, powers which can be known in some fashion but which remain essentially mysterious, since they are superhuman and supernatural.”
What, one must ask, can be the long term survival chances of such a creature in a world rapidly becoming overpopulated and running out of natural resources? What…indeed?