About incompetent sages

What we mean when we talk about the incompetent sages I

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The men of the western culture have a blurred vision about the world when they look the morale, the traditions and laws of other cultures because they have a feeling of superiority, mainly due to they see how much it has been done in other places, in this, we have overcome it so long time ago. That means here we  have done the same once though. The common men don’t see men’s nature through the facts of history, they only see a biased picture of what is happening now and end up in wrong conclusions. The men is the same thing today and yesterday, there and here, circumstances change only, and because of that, the behavior. The acts of men in a space and time show what human is. These common men, who watch the world unaware, are the same who enjoy Schadenfreude and create that evil because the man is small, at any time, they only can feel superior destroying others.

Trevor Cole, S/T
Trevor Cole, S/T

Men have different characters, to suppose that the natural man is good or bad is to consider only a part of humanity. To suppose that society corrupts man is more accurate. The evil man will find in society new forms of manifestation and the good man will learn from the example of others and social traditions and imitate them.

Society is composed of institutions. Who belongs to an institution enjoys the strength that it possesses. Man is no longer valued for his virtues; In society, everyone is valued for the power they have within the community, which, in general, will be obtained by the importance of the organization they represent and the position they have in it. The individual is annulled, the man has value according to the value of the institution to which he belongs.

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Hesham Alhumaid, S/T

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The man born in a community has two problems to know the truth, the first, the mark left by that community and that marks its path, and, the second, the social norms that reinforce this form of communal existence..

Every individual is born without social references of what is good or evil and acquires by experience, that is, does what others do and thinks as others think. To act in this way, to acknowledge him, to act in another way entails social rejection. Social behavior is a borreguil behavior. The social man will assess each situation according to social guidelines and will use them to know how to act. The society is the father, the teacher, the judge or the priest, for the social beings even if they had personally become independent of the paternal authority. The society creates dependent beings.

Scott London, Burning Man Project, 2018
Scott London, Burning Man Project, 2018

Society has established that the social being must trust others and respect authority. Such rules admit no exception because society can not be bad, so there is no reason for distrust. And society seeks the best for the individual, therefore, there is a hierarchy and an organization. You can move within organizations and within that hierarchy, but you can not do anything that you do not want done.

Scott London, Burning Man Project, 2018

Scott London, Burning Man Project, 2018

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When you have power, you can make mistakes, but those mistakes must be accepted by the harmed ones because not doing so would break the created social structure. Thus, when an incompetent obtains a title -because society does not dispense with the incompetent and incorporates them willingly-, it ends up acting despotic.

Karen Jerzyk, Self portraits, 02

Karen Jerzyk, Self portraits, 02

Rosenhan already showed that psychiatrists did not distinguish the sanity of dementia and psychologists did it alone when, in the Outreau case, they defended the position of the police, judges and prosecutors. We see that men act according to social guidelines, that is why they are good citizens to whom nothing can be reproached and who are the ones who can reproach, rightly or wrongly.

Karen Jerzyk, Self portraits, 08

Karen Jerzyk, Self portraits, 08

Also, the man is planned to withhold the negative information before the positive one for defending itself against the danger.

Trevor Cole, Dust storm in the marketplace
Trevor Cole, Dust storm in the marketplace

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Art theorists are not a different species from the human that lives in this society and act as we have seen others do. The truth is only a means to achieve power and, reached, is the justification for exercising it.

Karen Jerzyk, Headshots, 01

Karen Jerzyk, Headshots, 01

The sages can accept an intervention from others in their field when they think that, with their wisdom, they will be able to answer any argument against theirs. The safety of the wise does not come as much from the quality of their knowledge as from the fact that this knowledge is accepted and defended by society. It is not a personal conviction that they have in their reasons, but the assurance that these reasons have, behind them, a social force. The wise respect social norms and know that society, in return, will defend them. That is the greatness of society that has the necessary means to nullify the truth and maintain the wrong beliefs of the wise, which are what make up the structure of this world.

MD Tanveer H. Rohan, Fun bath

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In the film The runner, by Austin Stark, 2015, Nicolas Cage plays Colin Price, a congressman from Louisiana who enjoys the advantages of life in the perfect society we have created: He has a good house, a nice woman and the respect of the community. When an accident occurs on an oil rig, he honestly decides to defend those harmed by the effects of the spill on his coasts despite the strength of the company, BP, which employs many people in that area even though those claims could prevent the company from continuing its activity. But he ends up knowing that he is maintaining an extramarital affair and believes that, honestly, he must resign although his party, his wife and his father, a retired politician, believe that it is a problem that society will end up forgiving and forgetting. After his resignation, he distances himself from his wife, continues the relationship with his lover and continues with the claims of the injured. His wife asks him to take back his previous life: Go home with her and politics; and the oil company tempts him to financially support his campaign if he stops attacking them. Price rejects both offers, maintaining his honesty for which he believes he can not leave the woman he loves, nor work in defense of what he does not believe. However, when her father dies, her lover returns with her husband and the defense of the claims is eating away his patrimony, he finds that his personal life is falling apart and that the only way out is to return to his wife and return to politics at the hands of BP. The film ends with a scene in which Price is giving a speech in a plant of the company receiving the applause of the employees of the oil company and the support of the directors of this and his wife, but it looks regretful because, doing the same thing that he first did out of pleasure and conviction -trail, but conviction after all-, now, he does it out of necessity and against his beliefs.

Faisal Azim, Life in the circle
Faisal Azim, Life in the circle

What the film says is that we live in a society that is supposed to be perfect and created for the development of the individual. In these circumstances, one can come to think that he is free to make decisions about his personal life, but when he does, he discovers that this freedom was only apparent because maintaining the order of that world demands that each one play his role within the established social norms. Price makes personal decisions that are not accepted by society and is faced with the need to choose between his will, giving up his life; or make his existence bearable by renouncing their will, his ideals and his values.

Scott London, Burning Man Project, 2017

Scott London, Burning Man Project, 2017

The film presents the primordial problem of existence, the opposition between spirit and the phenomenon that, in the rational organization of coexistence, translates into the confrontation between truth and idealism, on the one hand, and force and power , for other. In this perfected world it turns out that we are not free. Whoever has the power demands that the norms that have allowed him to reach his privileged position be maintained. Whoever deviates ends up being separated from the community or becoming subdued to it. Either you go through the hoop or you stay outside, you choose. And that, society itself, tells us that it is freedom.

Karen Jerzyk, Colors, 2
Karen Jerzyk, Colors, 2

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Who knows the social functioning and obeys it has the privilege of being able to impose on those who do not comply with its norms; the same as the one to whom a title is granted, for which, he believes he knows everything about the truth. Give a charge to any of them and we will have a simple one who, with the support of unwritten rules or academic endorsement, becomes evil, by imposing himself by force to the truth.

There is no social institution in which, behind the apparent neutrality of their judgments, actions and decisions, behind a claimed moral hygiene and professional honesty, do not hide a corruption of their own principles that will appear when they are presented with the case of someone that, defending a truth, well contravenes their ideas or values, or the interests of those who direct them. The principles that constitute any of these groups are honest and high, but, when the man puts his hands on them, he corrupts them.

Trevor Cole, Coloured contrasts (detalle)
Trevor Cole, Coloured contrasts (detalle)

Another good example of that moral mendacity of our society is shown by the television series. In almost all police series we find the tireless inspector-astute who smells the criminal without the slightest evidence of who is the culprit-and who tirelessly pursues anyone who commits a crime – in general, for having killed an enemy -, until you find him and put him behind bars or shoot him and get rid of him. Paradigmatic is the case in which the offender has acted for revenge to punish, for example, the murder of a loved one. And it is paradigmatic because, in that same series, we find that, when it is the honest inspector who has lost a family member at the hands of a murderer, he is allowed, against his own values, to end the life of that delinquent, and the The scriptwriter presents the situation in such a way that the spectator remains convinced that there has been justice in what he has done.

There is, in these series, a double moral that is accepted by the spectators, so that it is recognized that the laws are made for the people but not for the powerful. The powerful are the good citizens who belong to the organizations that deal with each specific issue. The people, in each situation, are made up of people who are not related to each of these societies. Each individual thus enjoys strength in a certain area of ​​social existence, which forces him to respect the strength of other groups in other social aspects. From the social point of view, that is called organization; From an ethical point of view, that is called immorality; from a legal point of view, delinquency; and, from an intellectual point of view, idiocy.

Trevor Cole, Fuel wood for sale
Trevor Cole, Fuel wood for sale

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This collusion is not understood because the powerful constantly put us examples of the lack of security or economic and social development in other places to make us see that our world is better than those and the conclusion that we must reach – supposedly, by ourselves – is that this system should not be modified since, in spite of its defects, it is superior to any other. In conclusion, we must accept the defects of our society as a lesser evil.

Scott London, Burning Man Project, 2018
Scott London, Burning Man Project, 2018

Then, we must endure the political corruption and excesses of large corporations, but complaints appear on the Internet saying that their lawyer sold them, that their doctor abused them or that they have handed down sentences that have nothing to do with the facts denounced, so it would be convenient to find out if these people have been victims of accidents of society or deliberate acts, that is, if they are anecdotal and isolated facts or is the fundamental truth of our world, the hidden face of which little or nothing is known because they occur in private under the direction of a social authority and that, if they are able to denounce, the authors will have the support of the group to which they belong.

Therefore, we must consider if, destitute gods and kings, there is some other false social truth that forces us to believe and endure other forms of dictatorship, whose force and excesses are not perceived, they urge to be questioned and their representatives deposed; if it is harder to kill them than with kings; and if the only thing that would get who wanted it would end up on a blacklist. But those honest people can not have blacklists, can they?

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