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Today, truly independent thinking isn’t illegal, but it is rare …

Today, truly independent thinking isn’t illegal, but it is rare …

– Bill Bonner Hormegeddon p 25

Today, truly independent thinking isn’t illegal, but it is rare. Psychologists have done a number of studies proving that most people will ignore obvious facts and conclusions in order to remain steadfast with the group. That is, they prefer solidarity to truth. They prefer public information to private information, even though the former lacks meaning, cannot be verified and often is contradicted by personal observation and experiences.”

Venturing outside one’s zone of comfort—the tribe, the neighborhood, the business channel, the language, the skin color, the national anthem—is seldom an undertaking done voluntarily. This behavior has been termed, among others things, as “ethnic nepotism,” and defined as the human tendency for in-group bias or favoritism

Venturing outside one’s zone of comfort—the tribe, the neighborhood, the business channel, the language, the skin color, the national anthem—is seldom an undertaking done voluntarily. This behavior has been termed, among others things, as “ethnic nepotism,” and defined as the human tendency for in-group bias or favoritism

— International ManMarch 2012

Venturing outside one’s zone of comfort—the tribe, the neighborhood, the business channel, the language, the skin color, the national anthem—is seldom an undertaking done voluntarily. This behavior has been termed, among others things, as “ethnic nepotism,” and defined as the human tendency for in-group bias or favoritism.”

All forms of dedication, devotion, loyalty and self-surrender are in essence a desperate clinging to something which might give worth and meaning to our futile, spoiled lives.

All forms of dedication, devotion, loyalty and self-surrender are in essence a desperate clinging to something which might give worth and meaning to our futile, spoiled lives.

“When our individual interests and prospects do not seem worth living for, we are in desperate need of something apart from us to live for. All forms of dedication, devotion, loyalty and self-surrender are in essence a desperate clinging to something which might give worth and meaning to our futile, spoiled lives. Hence the embracing of a substitute will necessarily be passionate and extreme. We can have qualified confidence in ourselves, but the faith we have in our nation, religion, race or holy cause has to be extravagant and uncompromising. A substitute embraced in moderation cannot supplant and efface the self we want to forget. We cannot be sure that we have something worth living for unless we are ready to die for it. This readiness to die is evidence to ourselves and others that what we had to take as a substitute for an irrevocably missed or spoiled first choice is indeed the best there ever was.”

The True Believer by Eric Hoffer P.15

There is a fundamental difference between the appeal of a mass movement and the appeal of a practical organization

There is a fundamental difference between the appeal of a mass movement and the appeal of a practical organization

“There is a fundamental difference between the appeal of a mass movement and the appeal of a practical organization. The practical organization offers opportunities for self-advancement, and its appeal is mainly self-interest. On the other hand, a mass movement, particularly in its active, revivalist phase, appeals not to those intent on bolstering and advancing a cherished self, but to those who crave to be rid of an unwanted self. A mass movement attracts and holds a following not because it can satisfy the desire for self-advancement, but because it can satisfy the passion for self-renunciation.”

The True Believer by Eric Hoffer P. 12

The less justified a man is in claiming excellence for his own self, the more ready is he to claim all excellence for his nation, his religion, his race or his holy cause

The less justified a man is in claiming excellence for his own self, the more ready is he to claim all excellence for his nation, his religion, his race or his holy cause

“The less justified a man is in claiming excellence for his own self, the more ready is he to claim all excellence for his nation, his religion, his race or his holy cause.”

The True Believer by Eric Hoffer P. 14