A: Yes. We may have jobs, air, water, money, comfort, even toys and other needless pleasures, but these things do not come without a price, nor are they a right of existence. We take these things, perhaps all things, for granted. We assume there will always be clean air, water, jobs, etc... This is the type of foolishness that warrants my use of the word “idiot.” I don't exclude myself from the idiocy, “Idiot” just reflects the expected levelling off that comfortable commonality demonstrates. An idiot is an ordinary guy, working his way through life by common design. As for the rampant ineptitude of modernity, I've been looking at that all my life. Anyone who let's things slide, lies, cheats or is generally lazy contributes greatly to this ineptitude. The ineptitude is exemplified whenever someone who should be accountable, isn't. It is a phenomenon that is particularly rampant in western societies. We skimp, we cut corners, we pass the buck. Here, I make an effort to not perpetuate this folly.
Q: Do you think you're better than everyone else?
A: In the first Enlightenment, Europe sort of hashed out the kinks of western modernity. It would still take a couple more hundred years to work out the bugs, but we sort of woke up from the Dark Ages and didn't like the way things were going. Some scientific advances and a few revolutions later, the Enlightenment gave the populace its freedom by realizing its power. The influence of church and state had been lessened. The working class became recognized. The powers that be still sought control, but their forced intentions could not always be transparent, now that the common folk had a voice. Social Engineering needed to go underground. So, where in the old Enlightenment we woke up to our conscious servitude, in this new enlightenment we realize our unconscious servitude.
Q: Is this your “hyper-manipulated self?”
A: Almost, before the hyper-manipulated self can be realized, it needs to be manipulated to be manipulated, this is what makes it “hyper.” Modernity, has been engineered to pre-programme us to be susceptible to manipulation, thereby making any subsequent engineering easier.
Q: Why do we need to be controlled?
A: We don't need it, yet we now seek it because we've come to expect it. Here's how it works, from within the the socially engineered Freudian idea that we are all damaged goods. They tell us that “they” know better than “us.” Then they tell us that we are really monsters capable of horrible atrocities. Then they tell us they need us to go commit horrible atrocities. (Taylor pauses, taking a sip of his coffee.) We comply, which provides them with their proof. If you commit the same horrible atrocities off the battlefield, in your own name instead of the name of freedom, whatever that is, then you're a monster. So horrible atrocities “over here” is okay, but “over there” is wrong. This is total control. They only tell us what we do so we'll believe we do it. When, in actuality, we're only complying with the programming. They've made us this way. We need their control now, or we are nothing. This doesn't have to be as important a decision as whether or not we should support the troops, support the war, or fight in it. It could be something as simple as choosing to buy product A instead of product B. There's a great hyper-manipulative Subway commercial on TV right now that demonstrates a young man, in his apartment, filming himself pretending to do various things that demonstrate who he is. I presume he is doing so for some social media website. At any rate, after pointing out some of his belongings, he puts on sunglasses and a helmet, then rides his stationary bike. The tag line reads, “I choose therefore I am different.” This is the hyper-manipulation of hyper-reality. We need to attach meaning to our reality because so much of it is pointless.
Q: Isn't this going to make people angry? I mean, aren't you really saying that the whole system is wrong and needs to be changed?
A: God, I hope so. We need the same kind of revolution that was supposed to end totalitarianism. It didn't work the first time, it just pushed it underground. But it goes beyond politics, into the economy, culture, ethics, the personal and universal foundations of society, whatever they may be. It seems not to matter where you live in the world, you have somebody either in your face or behind your back, informing you what life is and isn't to be. These forced intentions are not always copacetic. Also, because we are hyper-manipulated, we ourselves perpetuate the phenomenon. That's why I say change starts one mind at a time.
Q: What is this? (See chart below.)
A: AP is a recognition that each of us assigns our own value or weight to any particular paradigm. It is the opposite of hyper-manipulation.
Q: Don't people know that anyway?
A: No. Everybody does that anyway. Most people don't think about it, therein lies the danger. Almost everyone has paradigms that are personally valueless, they retain them only because others find them valuable.
Q: What if they're right?
A: They may be right and that is fine. The problem is that we are deciding on the rightness or wrongness of ideas without thinking about them, or perhaps thinking incorrectly or incompletely about them. The desire to believe any idea is innate, all I'm attempting to do is attach some virtue to the choosing, which is an idea as old as Philosophy itself. I've just tried to develop a way to recognize and clear away any confusion that intentionally clouds our minds. Along the way, we will be re-examining some key ideas and definitions. We have much to gain by turning convention on its head and shaking things up, in this day and age.
Q: Are you saying that by doing so, we can think better, which is going to make us better individuals, which is going to produce better societies and you're going to show us how?
A: I've already started. I realize steering folks away from tradition is going to make some uncomfortable but if change was easy, we wouldn't be having this conversation.