Chaos!

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Smoke rises from burning police car during Justice for George Floyd Protest in Philadelphia. — Yong Kim/Philadelphia Inquirer

Donald J. Trump and his enablers
have their collective knee
on the life force of America,
and they won’t remove it
until our country is dead.
R.I.P. George Floyd.

2 thoughts on “Chaos!

  1. I wish thousands of people would tweet to Dump the old quote “When peaceful change becomes impossible, violent change becomes inevitable” every day and tag the names of the dead that are inspiring the grief and frustration that has morphed into rioting.

    The problem is he’d find a way to ignore it and turn it around to mean oppressed white people need to fight harder.
    This guy’s like a bad slot machine, nothing you put in his coin collector ever pays out something positive.

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  2. Did Stanley Milgram Get It Wrong? Part 1

    One of the mysteries that we cannot understand is why trump’s followers continue to follow him into the abyss. Why do evangelicals violate their own strongly held beliefs and betray the very foundations of their Christianity. Why does Trump have such a mysterious hold on white nationalists? Is it that trump is such a strong authority that he compels such blind obedience? What is going on?

    For years in my Intro To Psych Course I have taught the story of Stanley Milgram and his famous obedience studies. In the 1960s, Milgram conducted a famous study in which he and many others including myself concluded ordinary people will go to great lengths to obey authority. Most of you are familiar with these experiments where a subject willingly shocked a person they believed got wrong answers in a learning process.

    The results seemed to conclude that one reason the holocaust was so successful was that everyday citizens would blindly follow the orders of an authoritative person in this case Hitler. Recent studies however indicate something different. A through review of Milgram’s experiments seemed to draw a different conclusion. These reviews included reading and evaluating follow-up interviews conducted by Milgram and others at the time.

    It turned out that these subjects willingly shocked the learners even to high dangerous voltages not because they were sheep blinded by authority but because they believed they were serving a higher cause, in this case a commitment to the development of science. It is this greater cause that allowed these subjects to violate their own norms. A closer review of follow-up interviews by Milgram seemed to confirm this conclusion. https://youtu.be/HxXMKg8-7o0

    In thinking about this in relationship to our earlier questions, we can clearly see why white nationalists and evangelicals blindly support Trump. They are consumed by a vision of what they want this country to become. They are not stupid sheep dazzled by trump who blindly follow him into the abyss, but are enthralled by his vision of what they want this country to be. Trump offers them a vision of their world.

    It seems that there are two possibilities of countering such a vision. A commitment on the part of us to a greater vision. We must be committed to a world where all can equally share in the abundance of our possibilities. Secondly, we must present such a strong vision of the potential that awaits us all and present such possibilities to the world around us. As book of Leviticus said, “Without vision the people perish”

    Did Stanley Milgram Get It Wrong? Part 2

    In an earlier writing I discussed the possibility that Stanley Milgram misinterpreted the results of his famous Obedience Studies. He concluded that many citizens under an authoritarian rule will comply with the authority running the state. Ordinary people living ordinary lives will go along with the ruling class.

    Recent studies have offered a different interpretation of the his outcomes. Rather than blindly following an authority’s orders, it seems that those who follow a strong authoritative person do so, not out of blind obedience but because the authority offers them a more compelling vision.

    Applying these conclusions to the reasons trump supporters are adamant in sticking with their man we concluded earlier that it was because a Trump offered his supporters a vision of the world they wanted. A world where white supremacy and conforming Christianity were the norm.

    If this is accurate, it seems there are several implications for those of us who want to create a more fair, just and abundant world for all. A world where all could thrive, not just white nationalists or white Christians.

    1. Our vision of this world must be so compelling and desirable that it becomes embedded in the very fabric of who we are. If we can do this, it possibly would appeal to those trump supporters who are wavering and beginning to doubt their commitment to their old world view. This, however, seems unlikely.

    2. Recent polls have suggested that trump supporters make up only about 30 to 40% of the population. In other words there are more of us than there are of them.

    3. My years of teaching and facilitating classes and workshops has proven to me that the most powerful learning occurs through experiential activities. Lecturing is effective for only about 20% of the learning population. Therefore, it seems from my experience that for effective change from trump’s vision to a better one would be through life experiences. Trump supporters must experience the outcomes and results of how trump’s world would impact their lives. The havoc and destruction that would happen to everyone if Trump’s vision ever came about. In other words showing the chickens coming home to roost.

    4. Without these life experiences it is unlikely that while there will always be a hard core set of believers who will never change, there are also many who are wavering. they are beginning to regret their earlier support of trump.

    Solutions

    Therefore if the above is true, it seems that there are many choices:

    1. Do nothing. Let the natural flow of outcomes happen. Or…

    2. Since no one is able to control the results of doing nothing, it seems better to do something. Creating a strong vision of what we want is the first first step. This can best be summarized in the short YouTube video. This 4 or 5 minute video is crucial to creating change. https://youtu.be/c_g1BMVFcuw

    3. Having done the above two steps, it becomes necessary to develop skills for convincing others. Suggestions for this can be found at: https://youtu.be/lgXqaS08ZqM

    4. Work on fulfilling our vision. Define what it is and follow through with offering possibilities using media, stories, film etc to inform and demonstrate outcomes.

    5. Setup role models, Deli Lama, Lincoln, MLK.

    6. Most importantly, examining our own assumptions, asking how do I know that my vision compelling as it is is right for everyone? Do I think that because it is right for me it should be universally applied? Am I acting out of fear that the values represented by the other side conflict with my most basic values? If they do then can I consider other views.

    7. Realize that none of these is guaranteed to work, there are no guarantees. We can only try.

    Change happens when a few people, even 3 or 4, commit to creating a better world.

    “Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”

    The Himalayan Mountain Expedition

    On Sun, May 31, 2020 at 10:06 AM THE SHINBONE STAR wrote:

    > Staff Writer posted: ” Donald J. Trump and his enablers have their > collective knee on the life force of America, and they won’t remove it > until our country is dead. R.I.P. George Floyd.” >

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