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  • Judgement Seat

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  • Social scientists need not look very far to find glaring examples of Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle at play in the phantom world of General Acceptance concerning any given judgement. That is to say, that the more accurately the consensus position of a population is specified, the less accurate its momentum can be known. Humans, like all herd and flock creatures, can persuade themselves of a consensus in great numbers, only to shift in paradigm terms at the slightest hint of danger, or else they can stubbornly rage on for hundreds even thousands of years peeling back the layers of their own indifference to change, despite it often being in their own best interests to do so.
        The capture and enslavement of fellow human beings has flourished with full contingency toward society's highly tweaked interest for milleniums in nearly every culture great and small ever gaining even a rather temporary upper hand in the long diaphanous toils of love and war. The relative deviation of one culture's treatment of another vanquished culture's population is despairing when the Big Picture is frankly fathomed over the bloody courses of history. But there it is, like the dartings of a flock of geese, once a torqued transitional mind is changed often the whole world follows. From the modern orbit we have the fashion season. The erratic rise and fall of media superstars as manifested by the fickle tastes of fandom (and of course, their numbers). Medical and dietary tips and rules of thumb seem to engage us in cyclical passes. One generation's dead certainty is the next one's tragic uncertainty.
        Great numbers of people disagree on how to conduct their own lives and the lives of those they might judge equal to themselves in ability and purpose, as well as those judged immediately inferior for reasons they feel great jolts of urgency to share. These great groups will conduct wars upon these lesser neighbors, create horrific mythologies against their neighbors to help prepare themselves for battle and ultimate supremacy. Judgements fly, primed for death and mayhem, aiming to conquer. The greater in number they can boast, the greater and more righteous truths and judgements this great group purports itself to embody, and a resolute interlocking of purpose and evidence is thus launched.
        So it can be said that populations hide behind numbers, afraid of being alone, helpless, statistically impure, wrong, unvalidated. While "pulling for the underdog" sometimes curries the sentiment of one in leisurely pursuit in contrast to one's own natural group, this is a rare accurance statistically when tallied over the long haul of historical situations where the pursuit ain't exactly leisurely.      --GT