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Michael’s Musings

What a difference a paradigm makes.


If I asked you ‘what is a paradigm, or what are paradigms, I wonder what you would say? (Not, I hope, that paradigms = 20 cents). Sorry. That’s an awful joke.

To avoid confusion I’m using the following definition:


PARADIGM:

1. a framework containing the basic assumptions, ways of thinking, and methodology that are commonly accepted by members of a (scientific)  community.

2. such a cognitive framework shared by members of any discipline or group:

(as in) the company’s business paradigm.

In short – the ways we have of looking at the world and the ways of talking and thinking about it. And why is it I can’t get James Cagney’s image out of my mind: Whaddya hear, whaddya say?


That leads me to BELIEF PERSEVERANCE.


     Written by Pam MS, NCSP | Fact checked by Psychology Dictionary staff 

n. a psychological phenomenon in which there is a tendency to persist with one's held beliefs despite the fact that the information is inaccurate or that evidence shows otherwise. This contrary nature shows an unwillingness to admit that the initial premise may not be true.


BELIEF PERSEVERANCE:

"Belief perseverance prompts a person to cling to previously-held beliefs even when there is new evidence pointing to the contrary."

That draws me to the seemingly obvious conclusion: if I change my mind/if YOU change your mind everything around us changes, too, because we view them differently. And it is important to realise it. It might even enable us to realise with real eyes the real lies that surround us.

(Question: Is belief perseverance a form of stubbornness or is it bigotry even? In modern speak – bloody-mindedness?)


     As always, the test is to ask questions. Children do it all the time as they try to understand the reliability of parents and other adults, or other children. They use the perennial ‘why?’ and sift the responses against what they think they understand already, don’t they? We adults should, perhaps, do the same. Question ‘why’ and keep asking.


     Who among us believes that in UK we live in a democracy? Before I could consider your response I would feel obligated to ask you to define what you mean by democracy or ‘democratic country’. And then ask you why?


I put it to you that democracy doesn’t exist just because we have a vote.


     People in North Korea live in what is known as The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and some get to vote, but you wouldn’t ever describe it as a democratic country. The south, presumably after American influence, is known simply as the Republic of Korea (ROK).


     OK. What about ‘government by the people for the people’ as a description? And to that I’d respond with: ‘what about I don't care who does the electing, so long as I get to do the nominating – attributed to William M Tweed, also known as Boss Tweed, an American politician who died in 1878’.


     The idea persists. In 21st century Britain prospective parliamentary candidates (PPC) are selected/nominated by the local association/political party members with blessing by the national party. Put another way, political parties don’t care who does the electing, so long as they get to do the nominating. The same is true when a party chooses a leader. The power lies in the nomination.


     So . . . . . .  doesn’t ‘government by the people for the people’ really mean government of the people by a very limited, very select few? Is that what you call ‘democracy’? If it is, it seems to me to be a manipulated condition.


     If you are ready to have second thoughts about your definition, your paradigm is beginning to shift. (See George Bernard Shaw – above).


     As an aside - here in UK we’ve just listened to the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s so–called Spring Budget. The same man who was nominated and selected in 1997 by local Conservative Party members to be the PPC for Runnymede and Weybridge, and is now also a Privy Councillor – he gets to advise the Queen.

(Runnymede and Weybridge constituency electorate circa 74,000, Local Conservative Association membership unknown.)


     2015 election results: Electorate 73,771; turnout 50,052; majority 22,134 and winner takes all. Now, please, give me a definition for ‘democracy’. If you feel that you don’t need to change the definition you’ve already suggested, you might need to reflect on whether or not you are embroiled in Belief Perseverance.


     For goodness sake! Where does it end? Some people in banking don’t care who writes the laws and some people in politics don’t care who does the electing – as long as those ‘some people’ maintain their virtually invisible controls. SO, DO YOU STILL BELIEVE WE LIVE IN A DEMOCRACY?  I don’t. – (Michael)


     The word ‘democracy’ doesn’t appear anywhere in the Constitution of the United States:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.


     The word ‘democracy’ doesn’t appear anywhere in the Declaration of Independence, either.


IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America


hen in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.


I find that interesting.

(Michael)