I have been remiss in not including prolific commenter Steve Witherspoon’s blog among the Ethics Alarms links, an error I will remedy today when I wake up sufficiently. You’ll be introduced to his site in his latest Comment of the Day, which sets out to answer a question that increasingly perplexes me, regarding how narcissistic lunatic race-hucksters like Ashleigh Shackelford (above) became regarded by American corporations and other organizations as competent trainers of their members or employees to set their beliefs and attitudes “straight.”
Here it is, on the post, Ethics Quiz: What Is The Ethical Response To This…?
“At what point did elements in our society start being receptive to what she does and says, and why did this happen?”
Here is my answer in part…
“When you have one stupid person ranting in public it’s easy for the public to shrug it off and explain it away to others as “it’s just a wacko”, but what happens when that wacko’s rantings become mainstream and there are hoards of stupid people publicly parroting the same irrational emotionally driven nonsense…”
I wrote that June 17, 2019 in my blog post Apathy Fertilizes A Breeding Ground For Stupidity after watching what has happened and realizing that societal apathy from rational thinking people across our society was wide-spread, and people just hid away under their rocks focusing on their own lives, actively ignoring what’s been going on around them and thinking thoughts like “just ignore the wacko’s, they’ll go away”, “don’t get involved”, “I don’t want to be sued”, “I won’t want to be canceled”. People have forgotten what the word “enable” means.
So, the answer to the question “At what point did elements in our society start being receptive to what she does and says, and why did this happen?” is “When society became apathetic to the stupid people, tunnel visioned their self-centered lives and gradually allowed stupid people to gain power.” We’re ALL at fault! Years of apathy from rational thinking people has given the hordes of totalitarian minded stupid people credibility and street power. They are intimidating themselves into positions of power; rational thinking is deemed quaint, evil, racist.
“Many observe that we are in the middle of a revolutionary change in the patterns and the processes of human endeavor.” John C. Hillary, 1991
“The objective of education is to measure and diagnose the child in order to prescribe a program to develop his feelings and emotions, values and loyalties toward predetermined behavioral objectives. Drawing it right down to basics, we are talking about conditioned response in human terms.” Charlotte Thompson Iserbyt, 1972
Cognitive Dissonance: Disorganization of thoughts, mental confusion, and emotional tension caused by behavior modification which conflicts with one’s values. Such manipulation causes many to rethink and modify their values in order to conform to expected behavior.
Emotional Training Determines Thinking: The direct and indirect emotional training that an individual receives that determines the way they think. The like button in Facebook is an great example, the user sees others getting instant gratification with emotional “likes” and that subconsciously trains the individual to think similarly to get similar “likes” and enables the individual to easily set aside critical thinking in favor of getting “likes”. Pavlov trained dogs.
In her own way Charlotte Thompson Iserbyt wasn’t incorrect back in 1972 when she wrote about The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America. As I wrote in Ignorance or Societal Brainwashing?..
“These gullible social justice warriors are blindly believing the accusations above with their whole body and soul regardless of real truth, real logic, real justice, real facts, real common sense and real critical thinking which appear to have all been buried in the quaint anecdotes of history; now these anecdotes are in direct conflict with the new social order that’s trying to lead us towards a chaotic society of public vigilantism. Brainwashing a huge swath of the population that has been dumbed down has taken a good ten to twelve years of constant drum-beating, and these brainwashed social justice warriors are now intimidating their way into positions of power. I’ve written about the downward spiraling social trends over the last year here, here, here and here. Progressives are not being “progressive” and leading society towards a more intellectually critically thinking society ;they are being regressive and leading us towards a society full of emotional troglodytes being led by “progressive” totalitarians…”