The Peculiar Linkage of Ego and Systemic Failure

I have a somewhat unusual, and double-edged, ability to see things without a lot of the instinctual, ideological and cultural filters that distort the perception of most people- especially self-anointed “smart” morons. One of my more interesting observations concerns the linkage between high levels of personal ego and systemic failure of large systems. The basic observation that people who think too highly of themselves are very prone to digging themselves into very deep holes is common knowledge. However most people rarely try to think through the explanations for this phenomena.

The common explanations for this phenomena invoke some version of hubris- either as an affront to some divine and mystical higher authority or irrational exuberance which manifests itself through stupid risk taking. While there is some merit to the second version of the explanation, it is really applicable to only the most visible forms of ego-driven systemic failure. In my opinion, the bulk of linkage between high levels of ego and systemic failure is linked to rather mediocre, but much harder to correct, reasons. Let me explain..

Most of what people believe, live by and for is utter bullshit that has no basis in reality. That is right.. almost every single person- from so-called high IQ retards to drooling idiots and CONservatives live their lives fervently believing in crap that have no basis in reality. Pretty much everything you believe about the world or how it should be is a reflection of the beliefs held by you. The funny thing is that most of your beliefs are not even your own beliefs. You just picked them up in some form, stuck them onto your persona and now they have become part of it.

Ask yourself- Do you really see the rationality behind marriage? relationships? Cheering for your favorite sports team? Calling yourself CONservative, LIEbertarian or LIEbral? Giving a fuck about the views of some dude who lived in a few hundred years ago in a world that was fundamentally different from the one you live in? Do you see the rationale behind most rules, bylaws, laws or regulations? Do you see the rationale behind the way society around you is structured? Do you see the rationale behind pretty much any institution or human system?

There is a reason you might have some trouble seeing the rationale behind most of what is around you. Are you ready? There is none.. That is right. There is no rationale behind most of what exists around you.

But why is it so? Why isn’t there any rationale behind things, institutions and ways that are supposed to have it? Here is why.. Most of what you think is real, solid and traditional is nothing but a mutually shared delusion that has no basis in the world of reality. Now, why any particular shared delusion came into being in the first place, or became commonplace, is another matter altogether.

So how does this play into the linkage of ego and systemic failure?

Systemic failure in a human based system occurs when more than a few people in a complex system act in a manner that destabilizes the rather precarious equilibrium which defines that particular system. Once you perturb the system beyond a certain point, the reaction of the other people in it to that disruption causes it to progressively degrade and come apart. While many of you might believe that new ideas are more likely to cause systemic failure, even a brief reading of history shows the converse to be true.

The principal cause of system failure is an inability to adapt the previous set of delusions (cultural values and institutions) to a newer set of slightly less delusional ones. The usual trigger for such events is an external change in circumstances which make the previous set of delusions utterly unworkable- as opposed to just somewhat shitty. However most people in the decaying system, especially the clever ‘high IQ’ retards, are so attached to the older set of delusions that even suggesting a change to a similar but slightly more tenable set of delusions is met with fierce opposition. Reality however does not care and moves on thus exacerbating the problem, which creates an even fiercer reaction in the delusional morons. Their usual reaction in almost every situation is an increase in zealotry and romanticizing the past, which further problems leading to an accelerating loss of system cohesion until some small event simply tears the whole delusion apart.

So.. why don’t most people transition to a less harmful set of delusions? What stops them from doing so?

The answer is.. EGO. Transitioning into a less harmful set of delusions requires a willingness to seriously entertain the possibility that their previous set of delusions were wrong or incomplete. The reality is that most people, especially ‘high IQ’ fucktards, are utterly incapable of doing so because their identity and position in the hierarchy is enmeshed with the old set of delusions. Unfortunately it is usually too late to do anything by the time system failure is obvious or has already occurred.

What do you think? Comments?

  1. InT
    May 4, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    “Most of what you think is real, solid and traditional is nothing but a mutually shared delusion that has no basis in the world of reality.”

    Marxists have a term for this (“false consciousness.”) People fall into the trap of thinking that the current order of things is the “natural” order, and become emotionally attached to this belief. It’s a dangerous belief because as you mention, the world is ever-changing, not static. The desire to maintain a static order is the cause of much brutality in the world.

  2. May 5, 2012 at 1:29 am

    your focus determines your reality-just like the quote in Star Wars…

    You could save a million dollars and build a huge castle-changing the outerworld, thus perhaps changing your life and perception of it…


    you could use mind altering substances, thus changing how you view the world perhaps changing your life and perception….

  3. May 5, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Piggybacking InT’s comment, the only constant is change. Those unable or unwilling to adapt typically fair worse than those who do.

    I think ego AND avoidance of pain play a role in denial of reality. Most do not want to admit, even to themselves, they were wrong – that’s a huge blow to one’s precious ego. The other side of the coin is a very human avoidance of pain, whether emotional or physiological. Avoidance of intellectual pain would tie into the ego part, as well.

  4. webe
    May 6, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Society is a very complex organism which has many built in mechanisms to maintain stability, differentiate between outside/inside, get rid of disturbing elements, etc. The system perpetuates itself because the survival of individuals correlates more strongly with the survival of the society than with their adaptation to variables not incorporated within the social system. If a social system is too much at odds with underlying material conditions of survival, there is a far greater chance that it will devolve almost completely and give rise to new social and cultural constellations than that it will adapt succesfully through internal change (evolution selects by attrition, not by adaptation). It is therefore perfectly understandable that individuals will subvert their individual experience to social group realities: chances are you will do better; no matter how much we admire the renegade who persists in the face of opposition.
    What society calls “character” or “personality” is generally a microcosmic recapitulation of larger social “realities”. Character functions as reified personality armour that filters out all contrary evidence (falsification) to dominant social explanations and ideology as being insignificant or of no account, or simply dismisses these experiences altogether. Personalities that remain open to suggestion, pliable and susceptible to change through new experience are generally experienced by others as immature, childish, and weak. They don’t know who they are, what they want, and how to get it.
    Thus CNN will show how some unemployed person turned adversity to advantage by starting their own business and being much better off than previously — this as commentary on the other 20 million looking for a job (“just have a dream and enough drive to realize it”, slackers). Likewise many people just “know” the unemployed and the poor have only themselves to thank, and blacks suffer from a massive failure to apply themselves, except of course the unemployed engineer they know or their black neighbour, who are exceptions to the general rule and therefore qualify for some aid and sympathy, being just like us and simply down on their luck.

  5. JamesFun
    May 6, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Ego beliefs die-hard (through struggles, difficult situations), but probably for most comfortable people they have the same beliefs for life without questioning them. Since it seems almost everyhting comes down to s*x and m*ney (resources); I was brought up with the belief that people “HAD” to be married to have s*x and that is how it is and with immense pressure every Sunday we were brainwashed in fear to live out this belief or be punished. Historically thousands of years ago people did not “HAVE” to be married to have s*x in reality, otherwise there would be no people here now, but these extreme religious people cannot accept the reality of these facts of life and with their egos they attack these facts. When I finally got away from the controlling oppressive religious brainwashing and decided on my own beliefs it was amazing to be aware of mentally watching a world view that I had been told to have collapse (beginning in minutes and then completely over a few months).

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  9. May 15, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    The book People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Human Evil by M. Scott Peck states that people believe lies to such an extent that it becomes their identity; they become the lie. Confronting it or trying to deconstruct it is seem as an attack on them personally.

    Hard to believe? Try reasoning with a religious fundamentalist (of any stripe). Often these types are the ones proselytizing you in the hopes of converting you. Try turning the tables on them and see how far you get questioning their beliefs before they lose their cool and either either start avoiding you in favor of easier marks or resorting to ad hominens.

    • P Ray
      May 16, 2016 at 10:05 am

      Alongside that book another good one is “Games People Play: The Psychology of Human Relationships” by Eric Berne.

      Sometimes, alongside (while seeming to profess) belief in lies … they are merely playing a game to get a desired outcome.

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