You need only take a peek below the surface to see that we’ve been programmed to line up, reduce our intellectual thought to simple memes, and reinforce the lies we’ve been fed though the use of political correctness. On this episode of The Axiom Amnesia Theory, Heit & Cheri have a philosophical conversation on topic spanning fear and suspicion of strangers to the human ego–challenging you to focus your attention on the glaring inconsistencies in the way we live our lives.
Topics discussed include the concept of “free time” in school, rigid work and school hours, being programmed to stand in lines, talking to strangers, being suspicious of strangers, impact of technology on social interactions, whether online interactions are “real”, fear and suspicion of strangers, human selfishness, the ego, whether misrepresentations with positive outcomes are good, photo memes, children prohibited from dressing up as gingerbread men because the school calls it racist, political correctness as a tool of undermining situations that are unjust, and more!
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- Discussion about “free time” in school.
- Schools should be majority “free time” learning pursuits, with a minimal amount of structured time.
- Discussion about being able to complete job work or school work on your own time.
- Discussion about prime work and school hours. Who’s to say that 9 a.m. is the optimal time for work or school?
- It would be nice if there was more autonomy to pick and choose WHEN work will get done.
- Discussion about being trained to stand in lines and not talk to one another. We stand in lines all the time…
- Do you talk when you stand in lines? Heit & Cheri both say that they don’t usually talk to other people while waiting in line.
- Do you talk to strangers about politics? Are their awkward moments after you express your views?
- Discussion about the dynamic of people realizing they are ignorant on a certain subject when it comes up for discussion with a stranger.
- Discussion about the effect of mobile devices and technology on our social interactions. Some say that these “distractions” make us so much more impersonal than we used to be.
- Are online social interactions “real”?
- When people have fights online, are they “real”? Yes, it is real. People respond to it similarly. If they view it as real, then it is real.
- Discussion about how people are different online than in person.
- Discussion about how we fear strangers, and how we tend to be suspicious of people.
- Do you think that capitalism is a natural outgrowth of human selfishness? Probably not. It has more to do with being born into the system of capitalism.
- Discussion about how an African tribe supposedly doesn’t punish people in the traditional sense when they do something wrong. Instead, they take the person and tell them all the good things they have done in their life for 30 days.
- Too much of anything is probably bad.
- Discussion about confidence of people who have been oppressed versus those who haven’t.
- Discussion about the ego and “feeding the monster.”
- Discussion about how politicians and leaders do some good things, but have questionable motives.
- Discussion about a 9/11 documentary about Tania Head lying about being a survivor. She, however do a lot of positive things to assist the real survivors of the tragedy. The dilemma is whether the big lie she told completely negates the positive things she did.
- Discussion about all of the lies we tell ourselves.
- Discussion about lies that are for a good cause–the beautiful lies that people tell to make people feel better or for other “good” reasons.
- Discussion about the lie of Santa Claus.
- Discussion about lying to yourself about the things that are possible, versus being realistic. One example is the notion of “the sky is the limit” versus “the sky is the limiter.” You can absolutely go beyond the sky–it’s not the limit.
- Be sure to check out Axiom Amnesia’s Facebook Photo album.
- Discussion about why people like photo memes. They’re simple, and you can take something with which people already identify and use it to advance a particular message.
- Discussion about Axiom Amnesia’s use of photo memes versus the typical memes. The memes we produce are not gimmicks, but rather a visual commentary..
- Discussion about some of the popular memes: Willy Wonka and the postcard memes.
- Comparing photo memes to what a sampling music producer does.
- Discussion about creating something new by building on something that already exists.
- How can we get people to have more complex/critical thought on a variety of topics?
- Discussion about children who cannot dress up like gingerbread men at school because the school says it could be viewed as racist.
- Discussion about the dilemma of trying to be politically correct–the idea of weighting hurt feelings versus adherence to ridiculous standards in an attempt not to hurt peoples’ feelings. Being politically correct involves lying–continuing to lie for “good” reasons.
- This situation is not about being politically correct.
- Discussion about people being offended based on the delivery or presentation of a concept.
- Discussion about people caring about the “dressing.”
- Discussion about the use of “N-word” instead of saying “nigger”.
- Discussion about the people who come out and say the word “nigger” when quoting someone else, yet it is clear they wanted to say the word. It just rolls off of their tongue too smoothly.
- Discussion about the dynamic of people lying to say that things are racist in order to undermine the notion that there really are things and situations that are racist.
- Other people might choose to call things racist–to put a stop to them–simply because they don’t like it. Claiming racism in these circumstances is an excuse to put a stop to the things they don’t like.