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# Social and personal reality have never been calibrated. In the same way that you can't make measurements in science without accurate references, you can't create a rational political and economic system without good models of social psychology that take into account both innate and social distortions of perception and desire.

# Politically and economically, what we have now exists because it exploits distortions of perception and desire. Chaos and irrationality are inevitable until this changes.

# Social ethics have changed out of all recognition over the last century - and bizarrely, hardly anyone has commented on this.

It has only been since the 1960s that significant elements of our societies have been consciously aware of how social, economic and perceptual reality have been constructed. This has mostly been in the academic disciplines of Sociology, Antrhropology, History and in Critical Theory in Literature and the Arts. The majority of the population still take these factors as a given and would deny that there are any practical alternatives, even in the face of demonstrably different forms of organization.

Scarier still is the thought that we could consciously take control of this process and must do so if we are to survive and flourish. That thought is frightening enough that many will be most happy just to rush back into the arms of God the Creator for reassurance. This, of course, leaves the field open for the manipulative sociopaths.

Those who have the needs of the broader society at heart are at a disadvantage in that they see the need to find out what those needs are rather than only having to find the most personally advantageous solution and go for it. Some version of these concepts need wider recognition, if for no other reason than to better enable people to protect themselves from powerful sociopaths. A broader ability to recognize what folks like Rove, Obama, Cameron, Sarkozy and Berlusconi are doing is essential to our ability to influence the situation.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Oct 17th, 2010 at 11:38:02 AM EST

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