A lot of people have convinced themselves they get to dictate what it means to live in our society. I call these people masks because they mask inadequacies in the mundane. Information is fundamental to human existence. And yet, it really isn’t that important. People believe complete information creates control. This sentiment is not new. The Nazis believed in racial supremacy partly because diversity makes human informational environments difficult to control, especially for the state. Sometimes it’s easier to determine what beauty is or isn’t if we have a baseline that personifies beauty. Believe it or not, human beings are not good at picking up on cues, even if we tell ourselves we are masters of situational awareness. We are very good at picking up on baselines and this is because we are absolutely biased by social constructs. The Nazis, like all groups that mask, want to control baselines of gender or racial superiority precisely because it gives them the ability to adjust the boundaries of information. In this way, diversity is too much information for the state to process strategies meant to manipulate successfully. The Nazi solution was to remove information not clustered around their baseline in order to assure population control. Think about it this way…
If you really think a weave hairstyle is beautiful, but the baseline has been set for straight hair, it’s really difficult to explain why your product is necessary for precisely the same reasons diversity is a tough sell: a norm you didn’t make or agree to exists by someone that made those choices for you with the intent to control social behaviors. They got to decide whether crying was manly or being honest, open, and real was preferable to privacy. Your birth isn’t allowed to change baselines for the same reason Nazis didn’t like the idea of Jews procreating to such a degree they could eventually change baselines, through numbers in population, that would render their imperial control moot. Baselines are a state-controlled average and not an exceptional paradigm. Otherwise, it would cease to be effective because no one could ever achieve it. The “ubermensch” was not an ideal. It was a representation to control the eventual baseline. If you are trying to remove diversity to replace it with racial supremacy but you know racial features are too scattered in your country to make a common thread, you identify all of them in one person, the “ubermensch,” and create a common cross-section of physical attributes that most Germans actually have. For example, not all Germans during that time had blonde hair, blue eyes, or were of stout build. But, many Germans fit one of those criteria, making the baselines extremely effective at renormalizing Germans versus Jews, setting the backdrop for the final solution. I hope this process is starting to make more sense, as it is completely unique in its construction because it relies on how we know what we know versus most other processes that focus on what we know and when we know it.
Masks hide these psycho-social forms of control in extremely mundane narratives. For example, a lot of baselines constructed before you were born, are called traditions. Traditions are mundane and their historical backing leads us to accept them rather than challenge them outright. If you really think about it, traditions are baselines created before you were born to tell you exactly how to think in order to replicate control. This is what I call the mask of psych problem. Traditions are fake. They don’t really exist because, if they did, control would have always existed. Suffice to say, control has not always existed and there are some scholars who believe control started with the formation of the state. Before the state, cooperation was a social feature to survival. This means traditions are not even components to culture. They are incidental to strong and dominating cultures that want to continue dominating. This type of construction is the worst form of society possible because it relies on zero-knowledge freewill – or, freewill that occurs when you believe you have freewill but really don’t because, without knowledge, freewill is absolutely useless. Remember: when you hear someone say “ignorance is bliss,” what you are really hearing is a baseline being set to make you believe that knowledge, freewill, and happiness cannot co-exist in order to control the types of choices you can make based on the information that can coexist within our knowledge framework. This is a form of epistemic hacking. It takes how you know what you know, leverages your identity so you arrive at the conclusions on your own, and instills a baseline that you believe to be true that is definitely not.
This is important because this mask of psych problem is not just a human problem. AI hates diversity, even when its not sentient. Diversity contains so much contrary information that AI finds it difficult to develop categories the world is divvied up in organizationally. Too much information, is actually bad for both human beings and computers. And yet, informational supremacy, like its racial archetype, is seen to be the key that opens every door. You can keep your informational supremacy because, no matter how much information you accrue, it will never be enough to understand and decipher the human mind. You can only hack it and psychology hasn’t come even remotely close to the kind of hacking epistemic manipulation has been able to create. Epistemology is not a psychological process. It is a philosophical one.
What the mask of psych problem can teach us is particularly important in today’s times. For one, people will always under-think reality in order to set the baselines necessary for insidious control. I call these the problemators. A problemator is a person who believes over-thinking exists when there is no way it can exist. Manipulators do not like people who reflect before acting because they are controlling their output by timing their input. If the mask of psych is working, there shouldn’t be a need to think well or for very long, as society has done it for you with the accumulation of massive amounts of traditions over time that should make decisions automatic. Second, deviants are always the average. In these systems, if you want to do or use something that society is not propping up, you are both a deviant and the norm. Essentially, everyone is in this category because everyone wants to switch but baselines have made it impossible for people to make the switch. You could absolutely like your genetically curly hair but market traditions to a baseline of straight hair – which no one has – makes it more costly to maintain your hair (time, money, social costs) than it is to just straighten it. Lastly, the mundane way we express our social environment matters far more than being able to use information to predict outcomes. Over time, the mundane can make people believe the most wild and ludicrous things if done correctly. For example, some people believe mundane philosophies where truth exists, which it doesn’t, and facts exist un-limitedly, which they don’t. The mundane helps regularize interaction of a state-controlled baseline to usurp the natural average that makes sense. Believe it or not, the mundane doesn’t even have to work that hard or for that long to start working successfully.
The point of this research is to talk about how norms are actually less important than the baselines that attempt to facilitate these norms by feeding them in the first place. I want you to think about baselines first and norms last when evaluating the forms of control that exist around you. It will absolutely blow your mind.