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The following paragraph is taken from the TruTV Crime Library:
"We all experience rage and inappropriate sexual instincts, yet we have some sort of internal cage that keeps our inner monsters locked up. Call it morality or social programming; these internal blockades have long since been trampled down in the psychopathic killer. Not only have they let loose the monster within, they are virtual slaves to its beastly appetites."
Each time we push the boundaries of our behaviour, are we reprogramming, becoming desensitized and fostering a hunger for greater thrills and reactions? In which situations is it a negative or positive change on a personal level? What about to society in general?
Take something innocent, like a discussion board. It's interesting to see people altering. Going from quiet, unassuming, compassionate posters, to falling into the group's predatory and often aggressive mentality, especially where newbie's are concerned. Please don't take this as an attack, this about discussion boards in general and not a way of causing trouble. It's a good way to look at ourselves and evaluate....and to try to get the board moving.
Anyway, back on track...the pack mentality governs society and isn't anything unusual. But no one particularly likes to feel like a follower; they usually like to think of themselves as unique. Obviously there are always exceptions to this. We are social animals, conforming isn't necessarily a weakness; it is in fact a social survival technique. We are taught from very early on, by our parents, teachers etc to conform or there are consequences.
Acceptance can be fundamental to our social survival and boosts our self esteem and increases our social 'security' once we're part of the fold. If a powerful character/player in that group doesn't accept you, quite often others with less social muscle will do the same….they'll subconsciously conform to the stronger characters within the group. In essence the majority of us are sheep.
Who do you see as the group's social muscle (superiors) and why do you think they've achieved that social standing?
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