I know this might sound edgy, but here I go anyway. I've been thinking about human predictability a lot lately. It seems to me that with a lot of things people seem to follow some kind of program, like their actions and words are automated and not their own. This is both on a day to day basis, and during unusual events. It's not just going through the motions, it's too exact. Let me use an inevitable event as an example: the death of Miyazaki. Thinking about this is actually what triggered this train of thought. When Miyazaki dies, I can already tell what will happen in far too exact detail. At first everybody will be in shock, but then they'll once again go into autopilot… Big news sites and tabloids alike will all publish the same article as each other about what a great man and inspiration he was and how he shaped the dreams of children and all of that white noise. People on social media will talk about they watched his movies as kids and how upset they are. Some people will make memorial videos on youtube talking about how great he was and they'll all go on and on like they're reading the same script, but slightly doctored to give the illusion of diversity. Ghibli will make a statement about it and maybe even make something in memorial to him. Right after that blip in time, it'll be gone and people will almost instantly snap back into their regular programming. That's it. It didn't even happen, and yet the feeling of it is already palpable. I wouldn't be too surprised if all of those articles were pre-written. My point is it's not like Ghibli will use their remaining funds to build a plane and kamikaze it into the United Nations head quarters. This example is just on the big scale, but I see it everywhere. Am I alone in this, or does anybody else feel it?19 posts and 10 image replies omitted. Click reply to view.
>> In an argument, I always start by being almost certain of my position. If the other person starts to beat me in the argument, I have a tendency to bend the definitions of words and logic to try and twist things so that i'm still right. If I fail to do this, I might actually change my perspective on something.
>>I don't feel that defensive about my identity. I have no problem with the notion that in ten years I might be totally different. The hope that life might make me a superior person to who I am now is actually comforting to me.
Isn't that moment of maintaining correctness still in some deep rooted way preservation of identity? I guess realising that your opinion changes and that you put on a mask, as well as fundamentally understanding your self preservation in argument negates that to a degree, but I'm not sure it totally separates your identity from your opinions.
I do that because I hate losing. I have a stubborn streak and it extends to other things.
Groups are predictable; the individual is not.
A machine is made predictable by its predictable components.