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  •  Instinct-driven people respond to prompts. (2+ / 0-)
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    Lacking self-awareness, they perceive all prompts to come from outside. They are like a light switch -- activated when someone flips it.
    Given this premise, it follows that the source of the prompts is responsible for the response. The flipper turned on the light.
    However, and this is where the predatory perception kicks in, any perceived weakness serves as a prompt to an attack. That's the origin of what is commonly referred to as "blame the victim."
    Since all prompts to action come from outside, the role of the outside is to serve as a prompt, regardless of the response. Agency is impersonal and, ipso facto, not responsible. Shit happens. So does luck. Oh, and opportunity.
    It's not just a matter of the connection between cause and effect not being perceived accurately; connections are not perceived at all. It's a cognitive problem. Imagine a mathematical equation with no function signs. All of the quantitative symbols exist as isolates.
    It's a cognitive problem that seems to be quite prevalent and always has been. If it weren't, Socrates would not have advised "know thyself," and Jesus would not have argued on their behalf, "forgive them, for they know not what they do."
    Not knowing. It throws new meaning on Rumsfeld's famous riff about the "knowns, the unknowns, the known unknowns and the unknown unknowns." He left out the unknown knowns -- that which clueless people are unaware of knowing, information lodged in their brains but unnoticed by their cognitive centers. I think we sometimes call that "willfull ignorance" but it may be a cognitive disability.

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