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the social adaptation experiment

Written by jeremy hammond on Sunday, 6/23/2002

we live our live based on the unwritten rules and guidelines that have been set for us by ourselves, as much as we like to think otherwise. for this reason, we have enslaved ourselves, and we aren't even aware of it.

let me explain by giving you a hypothetical example.

three newly born babies are placed into an empty room without windows, doors, etc. the walls are all white, the floor is white, everything is white. there is a hole in the top of the ceiling where food is dropped from. there is a hole in the ground where waste can be disposed of. let's say the baby lived there for years and years and years. in the babies' mind, there would be no universe outside of their room. to think of something like trees, or rivers, or dwarves, or color, is crazy talk. and they would be right, to. in their eyes, they have not experienced anything outside their own little microuniverse. assuming these babies live, they would create their own little society with their own little rules and opinions. maybe they'll decide that ears are obscene and they'll cover their ears at all times, just like we do with certain arbitrary body parts. one thing is for sure, they won't live their lives in any way like we do.

your natural reaction may be, "well, that's silly. we are misleading them: we are shielding the real world from them".

you need to take a step back. maybe the same thing is happening to us? maybe we're living in our own little box. we've been led to believe that certain things are true and certain things are false. maybe there is a world outside our own, and in that place, there are things that are stranger beyond our wildest dreams.

i dare you to take off all of your clothes and run into the streets, screaming as loud as you can. go ahead, i double dare you.

unless you're living in the country where there is no one to see you, i highly doubt you would do it. maybe out of fear that the government would put you away, maybe out of fear that your neighbors will look down upon you, maybe because of a different reason. whatever the case is, there are certain inhibitions that are preventing you from ever doing certain things.

we live our lives based on the world that we have created. we are all slaves to ourselves. realize this, and don't be so quick to judge other people. maybe in some other place, what they're doing makes sense and what you're doing seems strange.

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posted by jethro on Sunday, 6/23/2002:

the sad truth is that everyone, and i mean everyone worrys about what other people think of them. even the kids who dye their hair and have anarchy patches on their clothing(they're infact more tools of society then they think.)I agree with you that society does create these inhibitions on our lives but i also think some stuff is just human nature.

posted by tf on Monday, 6/24/2002:

"life is a waterfall, we drink from the river then turn around and put up our walls"

"through the window in the wall comes streaming in on sunlit wings, a million bright abassadors of morning"

"tear down the wall!"

oh i could think of so many more lyrics and visions... if only i had the time to express them all.

posted by Smartyr on Wednesday, 6/26/2002:

Hey jethro,
with thing on punks are more of a tool of society than they think, are you saying that is because they give everyone something to look down n? if so I totally agree, except for I think you can take it a step further and say that a lot of comedy, although you wouldn't think of it is the same way. Think about it. We all laugh at Homer or whatever usually because he is doing something we all know is wrong> it is kinda like tom's article. I forget which one. but it gives us a sort of reassurance that we know what everyone thinks is wrong, it gives you something to relate tothe next day with everyone else. does that make any sense?

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