Nov. 9th, 2010

nancylebov: (green leaves)
Are there any books about policing other people's imaginations? It's a very common human activity, but I can't think of any.

I'd be interested in histories of censorship and the destruction of information, but also about the emotional side. Why is imagination-policing such an attractive activity for some? What are the effects of having one's imagination policed? I'm thinking about compliance, resistance, and invulnerability. That last is the case of people who just aren't internally affected by a social pressure-- another interesting thing about the world which I've seen discussed a lot less than censorship. Sometimes social pressure just doesn't register-- a person who's invulnerable to a pressure may comply if it seems practical, but they don't have any feeling that complying is a good thing (either for themselves or other people).

The nearest thing I can think of is Wilhelm Reich-- he had some theories about hierarchy and interfering with other people's basic drives, but afaik, he was talking about forbidding actions more than forbidding thoughts and emotions.

He wrote about rules limiting sex. I think it's interesting to apply that analysis to the modern world and food.
nancylebov: (green leaves)
From his twitter archive.....

Possibly true, at least interesting:
People are usually paid according to how much damage they can cause not how much good they do.

Addiction and fatalism go together. You don't see one without the other.

It is not our place to correct the delusions of others, only to find the common ground necessary to get things done.

You are addicted to something if you do it not for its own reward but for how anxious you feel when you don't do it.

Before you try to move a boulder, ask it how it wants to move.

The convicted murderer died in his sleep before he could be executed, robbing society of the satisfaction of killing him.

Solution to the UFO mystery: an advanced race of alien cats. With laser pointers. Trying to get even.

I'm distracting myself with the question of if freeing yourself from distractions and unsatisfying desires is such a great idea (most of the tweets seem to be stoicism), why one would use so much of that time giving advice which one believes is unlikely to be followed.

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