LIARS, LOOTERS, & LOSERS: WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE
Haven’t you ever noticed the sort of person that usually “rises in the ranks?” The person that OBEYS well and capably carries out the necessary obedience below self in the hierarchy is usually the one that rises. These types do well in their mission to jealously guard their own posterior as well as opportunities for advance and that of their solid superiors which they may ride the coattails off of, while snuffing out the non-hierarchical, those that cannot or will not simply obey and follow the obvious and hyperbolic carrot and stick incentive systems of the promotion.
All others that cannot and will not obey fall, regardless of their competency.
It really is a shame.
Recall some of the core attributes of the hierarchy man, the person that succeeds in RUBE GOLDBERG systems. The kinds of people that think and act upon WIN/LOSE; the sorts of people that will use fraud, that will, for example, withhold critical information to a buyer or seller in an exchange; the types of people that think so small of themselves and/or have the ever-painful addictive hunger to satiate, regardless of costs to another, even close friends and family; and finally, the kinds of people that will lie, cheat, steal, and attribute sin and error or failure [redistribute or transfer responsibility] of self to another[s.] . Look again at the very last part of that little list and consider the words emboldened. Is it not obvious what I mean now by Liars, Looters, and Losers?
So the question before us now comes to what qualities truly compel individuals to evolve into these monsters, because people do not just start out this way.
QUALITIES THAT LEAD TO THE THREE L’S
First, here, we must consider biology.
While this may scare you, I guarantee that if you stay with me, you will be VERY thankful, because this bit of information, in of itself, is invaluable to you!
You may well know that dopamine is powerful neurotransmitter. It manipulates behavior. It is beneath that polished public relations surface of every single individual you encounter, from the highest and most narcissistic, glad-handing politician, to the most humble, giving food pantry volunteer.
Since it affects us ALL, you may very well wonder why I may bring this topic up.
I do because this fundamental, inescapable biology affects all individuals UNEQUALLY, and part of that unequal distribution or concentration is based off of individual decisions and habits formed based off of individual environmental stimuli, or results:
Understanding how a powerful neurotransmitter manipulates behavior is a major threat to dopamine flow. As a result, even dopamine experts aren’t interested in considering the possibility they’re under the spell of the dopamine-induced addictions (to safety, acceptance, esteem, and money) responsible for every man-made problem.
If this sounds simplistic it’s because we inherited our addictive behaviors from aggressive simpletons who had more in common with chimpanzees (who also obsess over safety, acceptance, and esteem) than humans. Countless generations later, the same unconscious commitment to maintain dopamine flow, that kept Galileo’s adversaries oblivious to the obvious, keeps today’s scholars from wanting to know how dopamine-induced ignorance is the reason they’re as clueless as their 16th century counterparts.
Individually, we are capable of realizing how our reasoning and stated and believed intentions to honor principles and universally preferable behavior actually conform to reality, but that damn dopamine ADDICTION stands in the way.
As with so much in life, here we see the incredible importance and value of an oft quoted but apparently little used aphorism: KNOW THYSELF.
It is bad enough, this dopamine kick, that to some degree or another, each of us does have it to permanently contend with; nobody has some sort of pass!
I CANNOT OVERSTATE THE IMPORTANCE of reading this article on dopamine, as it is quite complementary to this post and to the total comprehension and conviction in what follow from that article now:
Power/money/esteem addicts are, by far, the most destructive of all addicts because they will do anything to maintain dopamine flow. They abhor truth and ruthlessly lie, cheat, steal, bribe, corrupt, demean, persecute, attack, destroy, and/or crush. To make matters worse, their addictions provide them with the resources that make it possible to ignore, obfuscate, or eliminate any and all threats to their dopamine flow. It doesn’t help that insatiable dopamine cravings keep power/money/esteem addicts scrambling for the degrees, positions, and power that allow them to define legalities, moralities, and addictions.
Doesn’t that all sound like the LIAR, LOOTER, LOSER that I have been describing? The trifecta of addictions here synergistically act so as to not only entirely engage in universally unpreferable behavior, which obviously consists of initiating and or contracting out force, fraud, and coercion in order to plunder resources and assume control over the same or other persons [Human resources, anyone?], but also cements fuel to its metaphoric fires!
Is this not amazing?!
But it gets better, because, as you may recall, despite how foreboding and wicked and big this all appears, there is something calling out to us; some see it as hope, others see it as something to, through cognitive dissonance, either pretend ignorance or militantly and intentionally avoid, sometimes choosing to “go to the other side.” From the same article as the previous two quotations:
Power/money/esteem addictions are the reason our species is flirting with self-annihilation.
Safety/acceptance/esteem addictions are the reason few want to know.
There you go! If I were a certain well known fictional movie figure I would tell you that “I am offering you the truth, nothing more.”
Well, I guess I just said that, but hey, who can blame me for inserting such a wonderful link, relating to such a powerful, and instructional [abstract basis] film?
Let’s now get to three universally inextricable human characteristics that affect us all, some more so than others. They essentially cascade from this sub subject of dopamine; however, they are much more so part of our ability to EASILY quell, as having simple categorical knowledge of basic, unchanging fact can be a guiding light, something that gives each of us a rational basis to approach that dopamine problem.
THE TERRIBLE BEHAVIORAL TRIAD
So just what is this framework or approach to resolving, individually, our dopamine problem; and, maybe even more importantly, realizing what sort of people have this problem most, where they are most likely to gravitate, and doing something about it?
The quoted block below, which derives from an older post I produced, connects BEATING the Terrible Behavioral Triad with being Sovereign, being empowered and focused on as well as generally successful with finding, promoting, and creating WIN/WIN SOLUTIONS:
Take note that personal empowerment kind of translates into accepting the truth of and guarding against the very negative consequences of what I call the Terrible Behavioral Triad. Doing so requires these personal admissions and consequential actions:
One must admit that something for nothing is ALWAYS a great, fundamental LIE
One must bear even the negative consequences of personal responsibility, thus not seeking to outsource it
One must give admission to personal vulnerabilities instead of fighting their realizations [such as admitting hurtful but necessary truths concerning reality].
In a nutshell, things really come down to realizing a most obvious fallacy [that economic illiterates recognize as a magic sort of elixir to whatever ails] and refusing its siren songs, being fair to self and others by refusing to assign problems to and take resources from others, and, finally, being loving of others as well as oneself enough to engage in authentic self-reflection and change—on that last one, you can read up on a VERY helpful model, called the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) Cycle!
We have come to end of the rail here. But the ride may be just beginning.
Look, I LOVE personal liberty, the animating contest of producing something valuable in freedom and in the preservation of that to others. I LOVE the idea of voluntary action and voluntary positive [as well as voluntary instructional negative] feedback, which may, [oh, the horrors, to so many these days!] include remuneration for my efforts and what has been produced!
Most of all, I realize the value of everything that I have covered with you here. It is all quite applicable and useful on an individual basis as well as a more collective one.
With the knowledge given here I proclaim with utmost conviction that I want to be free from force, fraud, and coercion and wish for YOU and all others to be free from such as well. Indeed, I am not simply satisfied with my own arrangements in this regard—even from a more enlightened self-interest perspective, I darn well know that if we do not hang together in mutual aid and assistance to individual human liberty, than surely we will all hang alone.
This shift towards freedom can only happen or more-so happen with more individuals that are basically self-empowered and confident in themselves and others. I am increasingly self-confident. I AM also confident in others…insofar as they are free and/or wish for others to be free as well. All else simply comes down to particular areas of skill, expertise, and maybe even happenstance, when we speak of particular exchange.
Nobody should fault me for not hiring a practicing astrologist that has never studied or applied the science and art of dentistry to perform a root canal for me, right?
I hope this post has been as fruitful for you as it has been for me!
This has truly been a delight to be able to get these swirling but connected and relevant dots onto paper as it were. I appreciate the read; please share freely and confidently if this has had special effect for you.
While I suspect many will not read much beyond a simple meme or character based maximum message these days, there are those that will. There are those that are searching for truth, and this post, among so many other important messages, may be just what they needed. Indeed, trite as it may be, sharing really is caring!
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Do you have any objections, thoughts, concerns, or contributions? I REALLY WANT TO KNOW. Help me to make this a conversation!
Together we can map out better solutions and truly navigate clearer paths towards quality services, low prices, and better lives.
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