David Hayes Says:
September 17th, 2008 at 6:13 am
Something has gone horribly wrong WITH THE PROGRAM. So my question is, why don’t more people resent the programming? Let’s say no one wanted to work in the sewer, so the government conditioned a group of people so that they loved beyond anything else going into the sewer every day. The job was necessary and there was work to be done so the government does what is necessary to get the job done and chooses a ‘humanitarian’ way to get a group of people to do it. If one of the group sees beyond the programming and says, “Hey, it SUCKS being down here!” something did go wrong with the programming, but is the person’s perception of his or her situation wrong?”
Pain is a form of programming and conditioning — a crude and cruel form of programming for people who are supposedly rational, thinking beings. Instead of pain, why can’t we hear a warning bell: “ding … ding … ding … be advised that minor damage is occurring to your right index finger. Please tug on your left ear lobe if you do not wish to receive this message in the future.”
Be a good boy, eat a lot of fatty foods and we’ll make the food taste good. Be a good boy and keep having sex whenever you can so the species can continue and you will be rewarded with pleasure that may or may not offset the pain of supporting another human life for 28 years or more. Be a bad boy and you will get pain. Be very bad and you will get LOTS of pain. Of course, this gives others the ability to control and manipulate you by triggering these programmed responses.
This all can circle back to whether or not you believe in a benevolent programmer.
So I found this response fascinating. “The programming…”? What do you mean by this David? Is programming something that we, as humans, all innately share?
It is my understanding that programming has something to do with behavioral patterns, things that we seem to subconsciously choose for whatever reason. Something seemingly out of our control and simply something that happens.
Now my questions to you are this?
How much of this programming is something that we all share — something that is innately in us that we just cannot resist?
How much of this programming comes as a result of our parents, relationships, effects, and interpretations of things?
When you say programming as it relates to a topic such as this, are you referring to the way we naturally interpret any given situation? Because if that is the case, then I believe that programming is something each of us has done differently. I also believe that it is something that we chose ourselves.
We are, in fact, the master minds behind our own computers. We see the world the way we like in order to confirm the beliefs we have set in place. We are “programed” as a result of our individual experiences. The thing that totally trips me out is how different each of our programming is.
A friend of mine had a son commit suicide. She chose to see it as a blessing that she had the opportunity to know him at all, rather than look at his death as a devastation and focus on that. So why was she programmed to see and assume that as opposed to another mother who may never recover from the same experience?
Or is she maybe, dare I say it, lying to herself. Denying something all human beings would naturally feel given our programming?
I guess this comes down to a question of nature vs nurture?
We started to address this earlier, but I am not sure if you can ever truly flush this out.
I guess we should start by answering one thing:
What is this “programming” David referred to in his post?