First Level thinking …..Covid-19 and Chauvin-20
First level reasoning and subsequent reaction seems to be the norm in our new society where attention spans are equal to news sound bites and nuanced thinking no longer exists.
I got into a discussion with someone recently vaccinated who seemed intent on justifying their decision, but could not rise above first level thinking to entertain any facts. When I mentioned the meta-analysis of IVM studies they accused me of being a member of a cult. That ended to discussion……which really never started. This person has an intellect and is fairly articulate but there is an emotional element that short circuits rational thought.
In the Chauvin case first level thinking is “all cops are bad” ….and the reaction ….”defund police”.
>>> emotional element that short circuits rational thought.
I guess that could be related to my observation that some cats and even some chickens are functionally more intelligent than many human beings in the USA.
Based on observations made in a rural town in Oregon.
chicken – 200 million neurons (how many brain cells to a neuron ?)
cats – 2 billion neurons
humans – 86 billion neurons
From A Hopi Elder Speaks:
“There is a river flowing now very fast.
It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid.
They will try to hold on to the shore.
They will feel they are being torn apart and will suffer greatly.
Know the river has its destination.
The elders say we must let go of the shore,
push off into the middle of the river,
keep our eyes open, and our heads above water.
And I say, see who is in there with you and celebrate.
At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally,
Least of all, ourselves.
If they ain’t on the ark already, they ain’t gonna survive the flood.
The first part of the Hopi elders prophecy seems like a good PP tie-in to me.
Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?
Where is your water?
Know your garden.
It is time to speak your truth.
Create your community.
Be good to each other.
And do not look outside yourself for your leader.
Just a student on the path here, with a long way to go.