Phillip Hubbell in Philosophy Project Manager Oct 14, 2016 · 2 min read · 1.2K

Nothing is True, Everything is Permissible

Nothing is True, Everything is Permissible

“Everything you know is wrong.” The Firesign Theater

If you stop, step back and view the world today from a completely nonpartisan unbiased perspective, the landscape changes. In order to do this, you must assume that the other side is wrong (the easy part) and that your side is wrong too, (the hard part). What you will see emerging is sort of a “Matrix” view of the world around you, without the underlying computer simulation nonsense. What we actually have is a world that is constantly being described to us by bias and self-interest. It isn’t our self-interest but that of everyone around us. There is a constant and overbearing chatter of competing ideas and targeted messaging. We lend our own voices to it. Singular voices aren’t significant.

You aren’t the target, simply an innocent and gullible bystander. What makes you gullible is the sheer complexity of the messaging. Since there is so much data, information, statistics, numbers, facts, lies, figures, documents, files, numbers and both sincere and insincere indicators being thrown your way, we are merely vessels and echoes of that tiny portion we are able to assimilate. It hits us when we are born and influences how we die. In between those two events, sits reaction and sensation.

If you clear your mind and stand far enough back, the patterns may be observed. The patterns determine your path. You are exposed mostly to those certain patterns based on where you reside, the economic circumstances of your birth and the influence of the patterns that affected your parents, teachers, friends and the immediate population around you. The patterns are real, but the messaging is flawed. As you are bombarded by new patterns, your cognitive awareness adapts the data from previous ones to compensate for contradiction. Eventually, and I think this happens very early in life, we create pattern reactions to incorporate even the contradiction into our pattern buffers where we store our reactionary sense of self.

Our inner dialogue, which keeps us on track with our interpretation of the patterns, is a constant. The typical person has been overwhelmed by the data and surrounds themselves with a wall of ignorance. It doesn’t protect them from the onslaught, it merely makes them more susceptible to messages that control things in their lives that are emotionally based. Their lives are controlled and directed by dogmas, marketing, influence peddlers, popular culture, collectivism, celebrity and media. They live in the cocoon of noise and react to the patterns as they are encountered. They buy the stuff being sold around them. They vote the way their patterns have suggested. They show up with the crowds.

The intelligent people, a minority, often think they are defining themselves by their ability to be skeptical of the noise around them. It isn’t true. Skepticism is simply another pattern imprinted at an early age. They encounter the same influences as the typical person and while they see themselves as immune or rebellious, they are just more self-assured by their conclusions, actions and choices. They pretend to lead the collectives, the trends, the societal movements and fashions of the day. It’s just another reaction to the control mechanisms.

There is no conspiracy. There is no central processer churning out these patterns. Without total isolation there is no avoidance of them. Even isolation would merely stop a person in the grip of the patterns encountered so far. What it takes to break free is anomalous thinking, free will as an absolute. You have to stop and consider that first, the patterns exist and second, that they have influenced everything you think about everything you know and everything everyone you have ever encountered knows or thinks. This realization in and of itself may be fleeting. It will be a moment of madness, but it breaks the patterns and offers a transient glimpse of clarity. It will take but a minute or so of self-reflection for the patterns to reassert their control, but the memory of that one freeing moment will linger. It can change the way you view the world around you...or not.

“Don’t follow leaders, watch the parking meters.” Bob Dylan


Phillip J Hubbell is a project manager, writer and job seeker living in the American Midwest.

Image Credit – The Firesign Theater – Album cover

Jim Murray 7 d ago · #10

Maybe....then again maybe not.

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Donna-Luisa Eversley 16/10/2016 · #9

Thanks for this @Phillip Hubbell.. it's important to be open enough to see ones own reflection in the other side..then the biases would look different, or maybe our reactions will be different..
Much to think about...nice post!

Aurorasa Sima 15/10/2016 · #8

#7 @James O'Connell I´ve tagged you so that you find it (:

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James O'Connell 15/10/2016 · #7

oh baby, I'm going to refrain from commenting at this stage as I've been enjoying a little wine hahaa
Great piece, deep man, my head is with it but at the same time challenging it!
Patterns are inherent but too are used to ....

...I'll have to come back (' ` ,)

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Aurorasa Sima 15/10/2016 · #6

You´re a master at making complex topics approachable to every intellectual level. Chapeau! @Phillip Hubbell

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Gerald Hecht 15/10/2016 · #5

#3 @Aurorasa Sima c'mon --I mean it's good but it's no @Gerald Hecht

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Aurorasa Sima 15/10/2016 · #3

That must be one of the best articles I read in a while (no offense, many others are super good too). Even isolation would not free you from thought patterns influenced by others. Philosophy can make every answer a neverending spiral, else I´d say isolation in the state of mindfulness is the only way to be free of bias.

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