Global “ Stockholm syndrome “
I grew up in an era of great turbulence . I witnessed IRA, PLO, ETA, Rote Armee Fraktion, Black September, and CCC (I Belgium) etc . One of the things that kept running through my mind was the Norrmalmstorg robbery and more specific the syndrome which was named after the hostages where liberated… “The Stockholm syndrome is an apparently paradoxical psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy and have positive feelings towards their captors, sometimes to the point of defending them. These feelings are generally considered irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims, who essentially mistake a lack of abuse from their captors for an act of kindness” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norrmalmstorg_robbery)
So let’s go into that for a minute… A big part of the western world is in a terrible crisis, no argument there, so for the sake of the story this is my “crime, the robbery if you’d like” . We all are suffering in one way or another, or we are unemployed, pay too much for basic needs or any needs , or are “forced” into a situation where we would do things we shouldn’t do and doing them because of or intuitive perception of unfair social status (examples are legio ) that makes us the victims.
The hostage takers are thus : decision takers whom decide for us what to do and what not and pouring this into law’s and rules , others decide what we should pay for goods and services (partially influenced by that first party “providing” us with the rules)…
The sympathy issue. Yes, we express “sympathy” because we don’t express any other emotion , maybe some frustration, I’ll give in on that but not a lot more.
So here you are , if you would grant me some literary freedom, we collectively are suffering from “Stockholm syndrome”.
What about “Occupy” and other fractions ? Yes , but that’s what they are, a “fraction” barely enough to get anybody to startle. What now than, well I don’t know, what about starting with a beautiful white paper an rethink society in a whole. New attitudes, new minsdsets, new ways of “money business” , economics, new ways of pricing, .. There still will be rich people and poorer people, classes of people, differences, arguments, but what if we can achieve it with less stress on the planet, and with no inflation, no political influence just common sense and “evidence based decision making” , so every decision is a good one and if we “f*ck up” we alter it ASAP instead of dragging it along for decades… Not possible you say, a dream? Come on, that’s what they said about space travel, and a bunch of other things too. Our only handicap if any is technology. We couldn’t get to the moon without a rocket but how did we get to a rocket? Correct, by those “rebels” who did there thing by themselves despite of what people said. And now our “passivity” and general mindset is keeping us in that position of hostage even if our aggressors are not aggressing us consciously…
Could anybody ( or better everybody) than write down a set of basic rules and attitudes that we can use as a template on how to get efficient, social,ecological decisions ? I”ll start with the first one. “Creating a society where everybody can live without freedom for fear and freedom from want is the highest goal, any decision we take should not provoke extra “cost” of living or expense to the fellow citizen of the world. “