Have we (humankind) become the complex society of “Winkin’, Blinkin’ and Nod”?
It’s sometimes difficult to believe events, even as they unfold before our eyes; but seeing is believing.
The truth of the matter is that as I write this article, I know I’m most certainly going to be “preaching to the proverbial choir” but at the same time I feel it obligatory to inform those who might lend an ear to listen, an eye to see, or a heart to feel.
What is Paradigm Shift?
In an earlier piece, I explained that “a Paradigm Shift is when a significant change happens – usually from one fundamental view to a different view. In most cases, some type of major discontinuity occurs as well.” Allow me to elaborate a bit further… this type of sociological phenomenon takes place so that human beings – rather, humankind, can grow…transform itself on various levels including psychologically, philosophically, sexually, and spiritually.
As human beings, we are constantly evolving. The strangest thing, however, is that in the current paradigm shift, I’m seeing three sides evolving simultaneously. The evolution of these sides regards major levels of perception. I’ll attribute the modern paralleling paradigm shifts to psychological determinism, theological determinism, and biological determinism. To fully understand the beast of the core behavior of these fundamentally-different concepts, I’ll begin with the definition of the three and the umbrella under which they rest their theoretical roots.
“Biological determinism” is a term, which by definition, implies that behavior, belief systems, and wants are predetermined by genetics. More recently, some studies demonstrate that there are neurological differences in those individuals who are politically hard-wired, so to speak. So, in essence, those that fall into this category may be “biologically predisposed” to following or prescribing to a certain creed or set of principles.
“Psychological determinism” is a bit trickier because it is comprised of two defining characteristics. One is “orectic psychological determinism,” which theoretically compels individuals to act in accordance with their strongest desires. The second is based on reasoning; referred to as “rational psychological determinism.” This theory, in my opinion, is closely relative to emotional intelligence; which could be humanity’s saving grace as it is associated with the flight or fight response mechanisms that are innately hard-wired into most thinking people.
Then we have “theological determinism,” which holds onto the belief that a God predestines everything that humans do in life. It is wise to note also, that theological determinism crosses all cultural and ethnic expanses. Case in point brings us to religious zealots, who would be willing to sacrifice their own lives because a “god” has prophesized coming events; therefore empowering an individual to carry out actions based on a “higher power” – opposed to law of the land.
Oh what a butterfly can do…
Now that we have the abovementioned out of the way, we can move onto the “umbrella” that covers these and other forms of “determinism.” This brings us to the “butterfly effect.” The butterfly effect finds its theoretical beginnings in the chaos theory, but the suggestion here is that the flapping of one butterfly’s wings could change the ultimate destiny or end results of atmospheric conditions in another part of the world; thus, creating a ripple effect in terms of modifying the original course of intended events. Have I lost you yet? Let’s move onto the next part…
Remember earlier when I asked “have we become the complex society of Winkin’, Blinkin’ and Nod?” There are three simultaneous paradigm shifts occurring at this precise moment – are you paying attention? I’m going to refer to the theories of determinism and the butterfly effect to perhaps enable you to transcend this time transition relatively pain free…if you’re willing to do so.
Winkin’, Blinkin’, and Nod
Winkin’ is part of the paradigm shift. Metaphorically speaking, Winkin’ is the individual who’s half conscious and tries to see the world optimistically. Blinkin’ is the individual who’s half conscious but sees the world more pessimistically. (You know…kind of like seeing the glass half-empty or half-full) Then there’s Nod. Nod is a strange creature of habit because he’s spent most of his life asleep. He goes with the flow and really doesn’t notice much of anything because he’s too busy sleeping his consciousness away. Let me know if I’ve lost you yet… Now, what do these nursery rhyme characters have to do with the butterfly effect, theories of determinism, and paradigm shift? That’s easy. Each of these characters hold attributes relative to varieties of determinism and how modern culture and civilization is being driven into a zombie nation.
If in fact, we were all fully conscious, we would be fairly close to perfection. Meaning that by being fully conscious, our “awakened” minds would be symmetrical with the consciousness of Jesus, Buddha, or Mohammad (whichever the case may be). Now that that’s out of the way, we can begin to understand…or attempt to comprehend the mindsets of these groups in this nation alone.
The Winkin’ groups are driven by rational psychological and biological determinism. The Blinkin’ groups are those, who are compelled by either orectic psychological determinism or theological determinism, or both. The Nod group is defined by orectic psychological determinism. Since the turn of the century, these three groups have evolved to form three concurrent paradigm shifts. How? If you’ve been paying attention to the news lately, you’ve seen how there are factions of citizens, who enact hostilities in lieu of current events. This anger is driven by the power of suggestion by persons in authority; because there is no authentic reasoning for the violent threats that are being exhibited by some in the Blinkin’ group. Then we have the Winkin’ group. The Winkin’ group is attempting to create an ideal, socialized form of society based on rational psychological determinism. Sadly, the Nod group is the silent voice of society as they are inclined to more inclusive thought processes – comprised of current relationships, sex, career, home life, and entertainment. In other words, they’re the typical people who will say something like, “ugh…I don’t get into politics or that other stuff. It doesn’t affect me.”
Which one are you?
At some point or another in our lives, we may exhibit one or all of the aforementioned characteristics. Depending on the environmental determinism (yeah – that’s another theory) of our evolutional life cycle, is what sometimes yields our predisposition to being a Winkin’, Blinkin’, or Nod.
When individuals truly rationalize current events, they find greater resolve and understanding in how to best meet the needs of socioeconomic conditions. The flight or fight response is an important factor too, in determining which character best meets with our own psychological identities. Fear is part of that equation. More individuals have committed aggressive acts based on the premises of fear. When we fear something – whether it is an idea, a person, place, or thing – we tend to become more judgmental, hypercritical and prone to violence…even when an act of offense becomes an act of defense in the minds of those who are afraid, insecure, or paranoid (and sometimes delusional). This type of behavior is often exhibited in the Blinkin’ group. Because theological determinism plays a critical role in placing fear in the hearts and minds of its subscribers, it often ends with lethal and negative results.
The Winkin’ group on the other hand, is also very zealous in their ideologies. Their beliefs are based on rationalizations and the flight response mechanism. They’re not natural-born fighters, but they are survivors. They understand how to promote a positive sociological condition, but often retreat when faced with threats of violence.
The Nod group wants nothing to do with either of these groups because s/he doesn’t want to get “involved.” Do you know to which one of these groups you belong? Who cares? (Must be the Nod in you…)I care. I care because the paradigm shifts I am seeing are going to come to a sociological clash. Society is peaking on many different levels. When a person or organization of power preys on the weak and needy minds of those in the Blinkin’ group, it inadvertently creates a negative butterfly effect both here in this country and around the world.
When a young girl can be held captive for 18 years and go unnoticed by society…when groups of radicals can walk upon American streets with guns strapped to their bodies…when clergy prays for death of our leaders…when people start caring more about war and money and less about their neighbors’ well being…when the stock market is more important than the farmer’s market…when average citizens exhibit a blood lust…we’ve reached a dangerous pinnacle in this transition of time. Which way will the tide turn? It all depends on the butterfly effect and if we’re willing to accept the responsibility that we are our brother’s keeper…and whether we fight or fly away to live another day. The choice is yours to whether or not we live in a zombie nation…and those are the paradigm shifts which we are now facing.
Paradigm Shift in the 21st Century: A Zombie Nation?
CarolAnnB – Social Media Sorceress