These are the minutes of The September Second Society, a league of engineers, scientists, artists, philosophers, and others who meet in defiance of the Council of Quiet, Lethal Gents (and a few girls) to take again possession of the world for the person.
“Some folks simply will not pay attention, so that you settle for that and transfer on.”
It was recommendation given to a member who had noticed that many individuals in his circle are victims of beliefs.
Beliefs that offend logic.
Beliefs with no rationale or origin.
Beliefs they don’t want to clarify, even to themselves.
Beliefs which have THEM, relatively than the opposite method round.
That they’re protected by a divine wind from Sweet Mountain, that they’re entitled to dwell in full security and on the expense of others, with free well being care, free training, free meals, free housing, a brand new automobile, cash to waste, place, respect, no matter anybody else has, proper now.
It doesn’t assist that college students are inoculated in opposition to cause in public faculty, and in lots of personal and parochial faculties as properly. A social experiment by a member of Faculty Republicans on the College of California Merced (Oliver Darcy, a latest graduate) proposed redistribution of grade factors, which “A” college students have been in opposition to as a result of they labored for his or her grades. Nonetheless, the scholars have been unable to make the connection between that and the redistribution of wealth, saying they’re various things. With a shudder, I recall studying within the opening chapters of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich Adolph Hitler’s message to German dad and mom, 1933: “We have already got your kids.”
Somebody instructed that affluence creates indifference to the thought of freedom (individuality, self-determination, and associated ideas). Possibly, however a mechanism for that’s tough to think about. It’s possible that many individuals merely worth affluence above freedom of motion, or mistakenly consider they’re the identical factor.
One other one posed the query, “What can I do proper now, as we speak?”
Relating to delivering a message over the noise and pressing issues of day-to-day existence, that message should be as penetrating and directed as a rifle shot, “one individual at a time”, as somebody stated. You can’t get a crowd to suppose. Solely the person issues.
Governments pattern to corruption. You possibly can’t depend on them. And every little thing appears to devolve into politics. It is like “warmth loss of life” in astrophysics, the state during which the universe should finish.
“It solely takes a minority to show issues round,” stated one, proposing politics as an answer. “Christians are on our aspect.” (The enemy of my enemy is my pal.) In any other case affordable folks consider the earth could be sustained indefinitely and made free by politics alone.
However none of that’s DOING one thing.
We attempt to derive some use from social psychology utilizing laboratory animals, particularly John B. Calhoun’s experiments with rats, however hit a snag when one among us says that psychological research with animals imply nothing as a result of animals would not have free will. Why not? It appears unlikely that animals, who’re so like people genetically, mustn’t have every little thing people have in some extent. Animals I do know appear to have loads of free will. In any case, it’s clear that rats an different dwelling issues don’t do properly when escaping their setting, whether or not enclosed by metropolis streets or by gravity, is an impossibility.
Conclusions about DOING one thing:
Don’t abandon your ideas. Act on them at all times. For instance, in the event you suppose that politics is a highway to something, promote bumper stickers and tee shirts. One other method of claiming that has celebrated origins (JFK in 13 Days): “There’s something immoral about abandoning your individual judgment.”
Suppose, however not about your enemies. It is a waste of time.
Persuade one individual at a time when you possibly can. Don’t fret an excessive amount of in regards to the lots.
With exceptions, persons are unmoved by logic. Nonetheless, they’re extremely conscious of emotional stimuli. Nobody believes a real factor except their coronary heart believes it first. In case you can, use artwork to convey your ideas (write, draw, movie, sing).
Establish friends and mentors when you possibly can, and cahootanize with them on experiments that are inclined to actualize your mutual philosophy. Attempt Burning Man, a desert artwork journey that creates a venue for actualization.
Ultimately, set your sights on an goal that you just suppose represents an answer, and do what you possibly can, when you possibly can, to advance towards your purpose. Keep the course. Do not concern your self an excessive amount of with the tip sport. Simply take the subsequent step, and “go confidently within the path of your desires; dwell the life you’ve got imagined” (Henry David Thoreau).