The Lemming Effect
By: Dr. Pastore
Presented by: The Master's Table Web Site
Some have fallen under the hypnotic spell of the TV talking-heads, "experts", and religious leaders whom they worship as authority figures. Unaccustomed to thinking for themselves, no amount of truth can sway them from their preconceived prejudices and conditioned reactions. They will even deny that which they see with their own eyes. Individuals who have been so conditioned can only parrot opinions that have been implanted in their minds by outside suggestion. In effect, millions of peoples' minds have been reduced to the intellectual level of a CD player, spinning an implanted disc designed by outside forces of which the intended target has no awareness. They soon become victims of a psychological affliction known as "the lemming effect."
Lemmings are small rodents that have been observed to follow each other as they charge to their deaths- into raging rivers or even off cliffs. Lemminghood is an innate psychological phenomenon, present in most mammals and observable in common people as well as the most sophisticated and educated elites.
Lemminghood is not an intellectual phenomenon; it is psychological. As such, no socio-economic class is immune to its strangulating effect. A grant-seeking university scientist can be a lemming just as much as a fashion obsessed teen-age girl. One blindly follows the latest trendy theory while the other follows the latest clothing style. What is the difference? Neither can resist the force of nature. The power to fit in with one's social peers can be irresistible. To a human lemming, the logic behind an opinion doesn't count as much as the power and popularity behind an opinion.
Humans, like lemmings, behave collectively. Lemminghood is a necessary sociological survival trait and an inborn instinct. Without it, humans may not have achieved even the smallest steps toward civilization. However, as with most natural phenomena, this tendency can be manipulated and used for harmful purposes. The same lemming effect that enables the masses of a justly governed society to progress toward positive, constructive ends, can just as readily self-sabotage or self-destruct.
For lemmings, denial is a basic psychological defense mechanism used not only to shield themselves from unpleasant realities, but also to reassure themselves that they will still fit within the acceptable range of opinion held by their peer group. At all costs, their beliefs must always be on the "right" side of the issue and conform within the boundaries of their lemming peers. Lemmings simply cannot bear the burden of responsibility, or the social discomfort that comes with thinking independently. They are capable only of repeating that which they hear from the talking heads and "experts" on TV, or that which they were told by whomever they hold as authority figures.
Lemmings will not only resist efforts to change their misguided beliefs with all of their mental energy; they will usually attack anyone who dares to question their myths. Lemmings are absolutely terrified at the thought of being labeled as an "extremist", "conspiracy theorist", "racist", or being ostracized for thinking independently. Ironically, the very same lemmings who instinctively ridicule outside of the box "theories", are always the first ones to blindly swallow the most ridiculous theories imaginable when their masters present them.
We can try to open the closed minds of lemmings and free them from their self-imposed blindness, but it is not easy fighting the forces of Pavlovian conditioning and human nature. The chains of ideological conformity have too strong a grip, and breaking them is a difficult task.
Lemmings have been conditioned to obediently grovel before the "authority" of their masters. With the limited resources at our disposal, it is next to impossible to compete with these masters. For this reason, the lie of the emperor is always believed before the truth of the peasant. Nevertheless, some of us must make the meager attempt, and thus lay the foundation upon which the truth might one day rise again.
This is not to suggest that all of those who have been misinformed are lemmings. Anyone can be fooled if the information they are receiving is inaccurate or incomplete. There is no shame in being misinformed. On the other hand, to stubbornly persist in erroneous thinking even after the irrefutable evidence and logic have been presented, is the essence of lemminghood.
A few persons do possess the intelligence, strength, and nobility of character to break free from lemminghood and to admit they were once badly fooled. They also have the courage to then face the sad fact that they were inmates trapped in a global insane asylum. Those individuals who can muster up these moral and mental virtues will then be ready to accept the truth when it is presented in clear and logical sequence.
To those open-minded, independent thinkers I wish to help free you from the blithering barrage of bovine excrement dished out by the lemming masters. Millions accept their fantastic fairy tales, silly superstitions, and dangerous delusions with zealous conviction bordering on mass insanity. I hope many people wake up and become liberated from the oppressive yoke of brainwashing, sponsored lies, and misguided belief.
Do you have what it takes to break free from the lemming mob?
For more on this subject see ... Why Many Follow Men
Timothy M. Youngblood
The Master's Table