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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Do You Have Willful Blindness?

Have you ever just sat bored flipping channels and you end up on a talk show like Oprah or Dr. Phil and you can't take your eyes off the screen or change the channel because you can't believe the fuckery you're hearing? A woman is on the show and she's there because her daughter is giving a full account of the sexual abuse she endured at the hands of a family member or step-dad(s). She's given details of the heinous things that happened to her, she has people giving their witness accounts, even documentation from medical records. She says she's upset at her mother because every time she tried to tell her mom, her mom didn't believe her. Her mom is crying swearing she didn't know. Her mother denies ever having any idea, and you're sitting there as parent yourself thinking; "What fucking bullshit! How the hell didn't she notice the changes in her kid? How didn't she see what was right in front of her eyes? This makes no sense, she's lying!".

Have you ever had a time your friend's boyfriend was cheating on her, and everyone knew, except her, and she didn't want to hear about it when people tried to tell her? How about when she catches him in awkward situations most of us would consider shady, but she blames the other party instead of admitting her man is an asshole? Yep.Willful Blindness at it's best.

Why even continue reading right? I'm just spewing bullshit; normal stuff we all see everyday but don't bother giving a second thought. Well, last week I saw someone else shared this post on dairy farming practices. It was video of actual footage of what happens in the dairy farms, and it's been on my mind for a while. Like this is something I feel so strongly about. In my next post I will share it, and talk about some alternatives and what you can do personally. It's right up my alley of informative choices we need to make in regards to our health, humanity, long term sustainability of our planet, and global warming. Anyway, this friend of mine shares the same video I did, and I happen to see someone commented that 90% of what was said is untrue. I think to myself; "what the fuck....you can do the research yourself, not to mention the countless documentaries available everywhere". I swear, I HATE when people who hear or begin to discuss something they spent literally no time researching, discredit facts. It's the worse thing that gets me infuriated and makes me ready to scratch your eyes out. All she said in the comment was basically: no these are lies. The End. Not even an explanation or further documentation of why. Like it's one thing to have an opinion, but in order to have an opinion you must have spent actual time gathering information to support your claims. If there's one strong thing about me, it's that I'm one consistent mothafucker. I consistently follow anything I'm committed to. I'm committed to results and truth. That's it, so I got really mad about that comment and commented saying yes it is true because xyz, etc., so that other dumb-asses would think critically before refuting claims based on facts. I do recognize that people aren't really dumb-asses most of the time in cases like this, but in the angry moment, it's like you must be a dumb-ass for choosing to ignore what you just SAW...not heard, or read which can arguably be misunderstood/misconstrued.

I had to dig deeper, because the more and more I talk to people about the world, the food industry, GMOs, farming, chemicals on a biological level, I fall upon deaf ears. I see eyes glaze over not from boredom but explicitly from a possible brain freeze, a lag in brain performance, or just an outdated processor. People just can't wrap their minds around things bigger than themselves and what's considered normal because this is the way it's always been even if it is wrong. Some people just feel helpless on a global scale with bills to pay, food to put on the table, and the daily grind, they can't even begin to consider that perhaps people being so busy was all apart of the "plan" for society. The busy bees work tirelessly to make honey while the 1%  lazily enjoys the fruits of the worker bee's labor. Bees work nonstop to produce honey as though there is never enough honey. This societal greed, where money is never enough trumps all facets of life. The day people started to care more about ratchet shit and made dumb people famous was the day when the 1% found a way to make us poorer and sickly. To pull the wool over our eyes and take advantage because money is the root of all evil.

*Do as you’re told: Are we all blind?

It’s easy to deride such beliefs and ideologies but most people, governments and organizations have them. As Greenspan testified, “ideology is the way people deal with reality. Everyone has one.” Whether it is the belief that military intervention saves lives, or big governments are bad or the only successful company is global, ideologies are what psychologist Anthony Greenwald called ‘totalitarian egos,’ locking up incompatible ideas, suppressing evidence and re-writing history.
Once enlisted, our totalitarian egos are strikingly submissive. Ever since Stanley Milgram’s 1961 experiments into obedience, we’ve known that, without reward for compliance or punishment for refusal, most people (around 65 percent) will commit unethical acts when asked to do so by someone in authority. Repeated around the world ever since with unchanging outcomes, the experiments showed, Milgram wrote,  “the capacity for man to abandon his humanity — indeed the inevitability that he does so — as he merges his unique personality into larger institutional structures. … It would not be true to say he loses his moral sense. Instead it acquires a radically different focus. His moral concern now shifts to how well he lives up to the expectation the authority has of him.” Authority is a capacity whose dangers few CEOs recognize. Ambitious employees will work hard to intuit what’s wanted, to infer what will make them successful in the eyes of the organization they have joined. And their moral focus will change.
Willful blindness spills into all areas of our life. Fear causes most of our willful blindness because we'd rather stay in our comfort zones than acknowledge painful truths and change however hard it may be. In this powerful and most thought-provoking video you will realize that we fought so hard for freedom and then we became slaves of a system. Caged by fear and willful blindness, distractions we call life, responsibilities, and obedience. People would rather not know what's going on because ignorance is bliss. Yet we look back on history and are told we need to learn about it so history doesn't repeat itself. Yet somehow history repeats itself so silently on the down-low while genocide is still happening on large scales so quietly. We don't have concentration camps anymore because that's too obvious.

You're so busy with all these distractions, you've gotten so used to being focused solely on entertainment when you're not working, always having to do things on the weekend, going places, going on vacations because you're living a life you need an escape from, this seems too serious, too dark, too boring, too annoying, yes we know the world is cruel, yea yea, there's nothing I can do you're probably thinking. Why should you even bother watching this video some are asking, or continue reading this post? Why?

Because you've got willful blindness.

"Freedom Doesn't Exist If You Don't Use It!"


Resources:

*Willful blindness: When a leader turns a blind eye

Why We Ignore the Obvious: The Psychology of Willful Blindness

Why Red Flags Can Go Unnoticed

Minding Their Own Beeswax:How busy are bees, really?
Don't understand the 1% ? Watch the movie: Margin Call. Research the Distribution of Wealth.