Why Are People Incapable of Doing The “Right Thing”?

Unless you are hopelessly optimistic or retarded, you might have noticed something peculiar about human behavior-

Most people are incapable of doing the “right thing” even if they know it.

Religions, philosophers and scamademics (scam + academics) try to explain this bizarre behavior in terms of greed, inertia, evolutionary psychology or just plain stupidity. However there is one peculiar feature of this behavior which nixes conventional explanations.

The inability of people to do the “right thing” is plainly detrimental to them.

To put it another way, they knowingly act against their best interests. Let me explain that with two examples.

1. Almost every terminal cancer patient in N. america dies in great agony and pain because of the unwillingness of doctors to prescribe high doses of opiods and drugs like cocaine/ methamphetamine towards the end. It is justified as an unavoidable side effect of the ‘war on drugs’.. but ask yourself- What sort of society and people let terminally ill people suffer and die just because of ‘legal’ issues about certain drugs? what about the pathetic, and predominantly white, subhumans who support the ‘war on drugs’? Have they not seen their near and dear ones die like that? But why do they still support the very system that keep this status quo going, even if it would eventually hurt them in the same manner.

2. What about Indians who try to screw everyone around them, even though they know that it will translate into more conflict, less cooperation and a shittier existence? There are people who steal money from public works funds to build opulent houses which are surrounded by people who lack toilets and drainage systems. What is the advantage of living in a manison if it smells like shit and you risk being attacked by stray dogs outside it? What is the use of living in a city if you have to frequently use backup generators to maintain a constant electric supply? What is the point of stealing money from others if that results in a generally unsafe existence for everyone- including yourself.

These are just two examples of people not doing the “right thing” even if it hurts them.

People have also tried to explain such behavior as a manifestation of ego (I am always right), group-think (we all believe that this is the best way) or control issues (I am the boss)- and they are partially right. In my opinion, there is a much darker explanation for this behavior.

Most humans are shallow scumbags who believe that they are somehow magically protected from their own shit.

A lot of irrational human behavior cannot be explained by any set of assumptions which does not include significant and willful cognitive dissonance. How else can you explain a stupid white man concerned about ‘black crime’ when he is being constantly sodomized and robbed by his employer, spouse and society? How else can you explain a whiteknighter/mangina who frequents ‘game’ blogs? What about a moron who supports paying the younger generation less even though his retirement is based on those very same people making more than him? What about women who complain about ending up with uncaring assholes?

Do you really think that all these people are that retarded? Seriously?

I am curious if any of the readers have an alternate rational explanation for this phenomenon.

Comments?

  1. June 16, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Expecting reason from a feminist is like expecting reason from a human—see that Mr. Crapacoli–I am a misanthrope, not a misogynist like the narrow minded idiots at feministe claimed….

    Anyways, I think your outlook on like could greatly be improved by mushrooms-

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/06/15/magic-mushrooms-positive-clinical-effects-lasting-over-a-year-say-researchers/

    • anon
      June 17, 2011 at 12:00 pm

      Regular commenter here, but gotta strip my name because of the nature of the comment.

      Yes, I second the magic mushroom recommendation. The world is divided into two types of people: those who have eaten psilocybin mushrooms and those who have not. Nothing can describe the difference it makes: insert cliched references to Plato’s “The Cave” here.

  2. Commander Shepard
    June 17, 2011 at 2:39 am

    I like your worldview AD. Some might call it “dark”, “nihilistic”, “misanthropic”, etc. I call it real. We have much in common, including our backgrounds. Much like you I loath Indians. I find it hilarious that they act so smug yet are some of the most emasculated and cowardly people around. Despite their tribal ethnocentrism vis-a-vis “others” they shit on each other for fun. The thought of India being a superpower is the most lulzy thing conceivable.

  3. Commander Shepard
    June 17, 2011 at 2:45 am

    “How else can you explain a stupid white man concerned about ‘black crime’ when he is being constantly sodomized and robbed by his employer, spouse and society?” -AD

    Whitey is also paranoid about the scary brown people out to get him when the real terrorists are much closer to home. They’re not dressed in camouflage or balaclavas but instead wear suits and skirts, neckties and stilettos.

  4. Deus
    June 17, 2011 at 3:05 am

    Even being an evil whitey, I can still agree completely that this world view is not cynical or pessimistic, but is realistic. I find it hard to do the right thing. Most of the time, yes, you do the wrong thing because the right thing will benefit others and not you, and there is little tangible gain to be made for anyone.

    All you get is a good conscience. Fuck that!

  5. Webe
    June 17, 2011 at 3:08 am

    Well, without saying I have an explanation, I have to state that your explanation (“Most humans are shallow scumbags who believe that they are somehow magically protected from their own shit”) is not much of an explanation either.

    People are often perverse. They feel sometimes feel drawn into the vortex of evil and destruction, and just let themselves fall in. Kids like knocking over towers of blocks. I once deliberately crashed my car into the side of another car — felt absolutely exhilirating (the asshole was asking for it). We tend to forget how great it can feel to destroy.

    I would say it is not a question of shallow. The shallow comes in rationalizing it and being hypocritical about it. 99% of the population thinks that deep down, they are nice. I bet even killers in maximum penitentiaries think they’re basically nice, deep down (to their kids, women, family — well except for that asshole that had it coming to him).

    I would say it is a side-effect of human imagination. The ability to relive and anticipate pain and pleasure, writ large, thoughts, feelings, and possibilities reverberating in the inner space of our minds. Conceiving of what does not (yet) exist. I think a lot of shit are maladaptations to often painful experience, distorting people’s minds, literally misshaping them, rendering them opaque to a lot of dissonance staring them in the face.

  6. Rollo Tomassi
    June 17, 2011 at 5:41 am

    From a purely solipsistic perspective, doing the “right thing” is exactly the shortsighted behavior you’ve described. What is the “right thing”? To a rabid individualist, getting his own and arranging longterm strategies to selfishly keep it IS the right thing. For a collectivist the betterment of all, for the greater good, is the right thing. Unfortunately it seems that as globalization continues, the influences of short term ignorant individualism is taking precedent above cooperative collectivism. The “right thing” is popularly what best ensures the security of the individual rather than the whole today.

    Stupid, shortsighted? Definitely. But all of the maladies you illustrate (“black fear”, etc.) are really just manifestations of people attempting to justify maintaining their grasp on that solipsistic perspective. Similarly Ayn Rand is just a salve for those invested in perpetuating this POV.

  7. Ryu
    June 17, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Everyone wants the free lunch. It’s probably the most pervasive myth out there. Something for nothing. It’s that simple.

  8. June 17, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Would Mr. Advocatus or any of us ‘do the right thing’ if put in power?
    We don’t tend to be sympathetic to the plight of the average person. There is perhaps a gap in empathy, to say the least between INTs like us and the rest of the population.

    Do articles like this express disapproval for the powerful… or envy?

    Yes, AD(Anno Diaboli) is pragmatic and insightful, but also simplistic and cynical. Generally, he seems convinced that those who run this whole joint are sociopaths deliberately out to get us.
    I see many of those in power as not being so powerful as we believe. They have to be ruthless to stay in power or else be crushed by rivals. It comes down to game theory. Really, any person in the same position would be forced into the same decisions. Their role is passive and reactive. The nature of the system and the alignment of incentives are the decisive factors.
    The person in power could be a perfectly decent person or a sociopath. It really doesn’t make that much difference in how things must be run. Look at how Julius Caesar was rewarded for sparing his rivals. There’s only one right move to make in Caesar’s situation: crush the opposition in the most ruthless, sociopathic fashion possible. Would this mean Caesar was an asshole? Not really, he had no other feasible choice, as history demonstrates for us.

  9. samsonsjawbone
    June 20, 2011 at 10:39 am

    1. Almost every terminal cancer patient in N. america dies in great agony and pain because of the unwillingness of doctors to prescribe high doses of opiods and drugs like cocaine/ methamphetamine towards the end.

    This is patently false. Palliative care has come a long way in recent years.

    In the USA? Sure, IF you are super-rich.

    Palliative care was good to begin with, then they intensified the war on drugs.

    However there is one peculiar feature of this behavior which nixes conventional explanations.

    The inability of people to do the “right thing” is plainly detrimental to them.

    This doesn’t nix conventional explanations at all, if as a “conventional explanation” you include the Christian explanation that we are all sinners who by nature hate doing the right thing.

    What is the real difference between believing in Santa Claus and Christianity or any other religion?

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