Reading the news provided by mainstream media, or most of the, so-called, independent sources as well, is mostly a waste of time for any useful information for the free individual. There is one benefit, however, to reading the news that an individualist can enjoy, which is being reminded of all the suffering the great mass of humanity brings on itself that the free individual finds appalling, but grateful they never have to endure.
I was reminded of that by this fear mongering report from the always useless CDC:
“One in five people in the United States has a sexually transmitted infection, according to estimates released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“That means nearly 68 million people are positive for STIs, including HIV, herpes, chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis.”
Think about those around you the next time you are standing in line at the grocery store.
Of course this is meant to strike terror into the general population of those whose own behavior is not determined by the life principles of free individuals. A free individual does not engage in the kind of self-destructive behavior that results in these physiologically and psychologically destructive diseases.
No one is an individualist so they won’t end up suffering from what was once called VD, (venereal disease), (which name was changed to STI or STD, because, as everyone knows, nothing is so bad if you give it a nicer sounding name). Immunity to STDs is just an unintended benefit of living one’s life rationally and choosing only to do what is truly to one’s own individual good. It’s very selfish.
No more friends—or, at least, not many. It’s all because of the euphemistically named, “corona virus,” (to protect the sensitive from such, now banned, terms as, “Wuhan Flu,” “China Virus,” “Kung Flu,” and, “Beer Virus”), nasty terms I certainly would never use.
According to Amanda Hull’s Atlantic article, “The Pandemic Has Erased Entire Categories of Friendship:”
“The pandemic has evaporated entire categories of friendship, and by doing so, depleted the joys that make up a human life …”
It may be hard to believe, because you have not noticed any recent loss of joy, but she has expert authorities to assure us it is all true.
“‘Friend’ is a very promiscuous word,” William Rawlins, a communications professor at Ohio University, explains. “The way worlds are created is by people sharing with and recognizing each other.”
Then there is this genius: “Andrew Guydish, a doctoral candidate in psychology at UC Santa Cruz,” who, “looked at the effects of what he calls conversational reciprocity.” [I’m not making this up!] “He found that in these situations—which often crop up between managers and employees at work—pairs of people tended to use unstructured time, if it were available, to balance the interaction. When that happened, both people reported feeling happier and more satisfied afterward.” Well, as long as they feel happier, that’s the main thing.
According to Gillian Sandstrom, a social psychologist at the University of Essex, Regular interaction with people outside our inner circle “just makes us feel more like part of a community, or part of something bigger.”
Just to insure we understand how scary this all is, he explains, “the loss of these interactions may be one reason for the growth in internet conspiracy theories in the past year, and especially for the surge in groups like QAnon. But while online communities of all kinds can deliver some of the psychological benefits of meeting new people and making friends in the real world, the echo chamber of conspiracism is a further source of isolation. ‘There’s a lot of research showing that when you talk only to people who are like you, it actually makes your opinions shift even further away from other groups,’ Sandstrom explained. ‘That’s how cults work. That’s how terrorist groups work.'”
This all may make you sick. (It would me, if I took it seriously.) Julianne Holt-Lunstad, a psychologist and neuroscientist at Brigham Young University, has found that social isolation increases the risk of premature death from any cause by almost 30 percent. [If you don’t join something you’ll die.] “The scientific evidence suggests that we need a variety of kinds of relationships in our lives, and that different kinds of relationships or social roles can fulfill different kinds of needs.” … “Humans are meant to be with one another, and when we aren’t, the decay shows in our bodies.” [“Meant to,” by whom? I suspect it was some crackpot “psychologist and neuroscientist.” Human beings are not social animals.]
Of course all of this is typical social/psychological claptrap and pseudoscience. What is very sad is it is exactly what most people believe, because they accept whatever their authorities and experts tell them, and actually experience life in all these absurd and terrifying ways.
[#1] Except for free individualists, most people have no conception of reality of their own. Their whole world, is created by others, and their whole existence is in the recognition of others.
[#2] They could never identify how they know anything is right, because they only have their feelings to go by.
[#3] They have no sense of their own value or integrity as a human being. Their whole sense of identity and personal value must be found in being, “part of something,” else.
[#4] It is their need to belong to some group or class of others that is the reason they hold irrational prejudices against others not belonging to theirs.
[#5] They cannot survive much less thrive on their own, and have no confidence in themselves to live successfully without some sense of comfort and security in others. It is why most of them fail in their lives.
Obviously, none of these are problems for the free individual whose life does not depend on others but entirely on one’s own ability and effort. It must be a terrible thing to go through life depending on things over which one has no control and no way of guessing what those things will do. Never having to worry about what others will do is one of the inadvertent benefits of individualism.
A Hopeful Thought
I’m not sure what it means, but perhaps Gillian Sandstrom’s wish will come true. “My hope is that people will realize that there’s [sic] more people in their social networks that matter and provide some kind of value than just those few people that you spend time with, and have probably managed to keep up with during the break.” And while she’s waiting for that she can go learn something about verb agreement.
More News Fun
For those who never have enough things to worry about, the International Business Times informs us, “China Has Stolen The Personal Data Of 80% Of American Adults.”
Just to be safe, you better check your personal data to make sure no one has stolen it. How will you know who you are without it?