Stockholm Syndrome

April 22, 2021

What is Stockholm syndrome?

Stockholm syndrome is a psychological response. It occurs when hostages or abuse victims bond with their captors or abusers. This psychological connection develops over the course of the days, weeks, months, or even years of captivity or abuse.
With this syndrome, hostages or abuse victims may come to sympathize with their captors. This is the opposite of the fear, terror, and disdain that might be expected from the victims in these situations.
Over the course of time, some victims do come to develop positive feelings toward their captors. They may even begin to feel as if they share common goals and causes. The victim may begin to develop negative feelings toward the police or authorities. They may resent anyone who may be trying to help them escape from the dangerous situation they’re in.
This paradox does not happen with every hostage or victim, and it’s unclear why it occurs when it does.

Symptoms of Stockholm syndrome

The victim develops positive feelings toward the person holding them captive or abusing them.

The victim develops negative feelings toward police, authority figures, or anyone who might be trying to help them get away from their captor. They may even refuse to cooperate against their captor.(What if it IS the police and authorities!!)

The victim begins to perceive their captor’s humanity and believe they have the same goals and values.

A matter of Opinion- Morals and God

April 19, 2021

There is only perspective

Friedrich Nietzsche rejected the idea that human beings could possess objective and absolute truth. He had two main reasons for his doctrine of perspectivism; all claims to truth are always from a perspective Firstly, as individuals our knowledge is always within the context of our history, society, language and values. Our knowledge is conditioned by our entire surrounding context and therefore it is never universal and objective. Secondly, there is no God and therefore there is no transcendent realm of objective rationality, morality, values and truth. As humans we create our own values, morals and truths. Nietzsche’s perspectivism becomes integral to his critique of traditional morality.
Traditional morality, according to Nietzsche, is rooted in Christian morality. Secular liberalism which sought to ground its moral claims apart from God; nonetheless still drew its ideas from the Christian worldview. Thinkers such as Kant who grounded morality in rationality and Mill who grounded it in the greatest utility still retained the essential Christian presuppositions of morality: its universal applicability and egalitarianism. Nietzsche argued that Western culture and thought during his time was going through a secularisation but did not realise the full implications of how radical the change was and how deeply imbued in the Christian worldview it is:

“…God is dead:but given the way of humanity, his shadow will remain on the walls of the caves for thousands of years. And we still have to conquer his shadow as well”

Opinion vs Fact revised

April 14, 2021

A Strange Classroom from posting an Anti Religion Cartoon a while back.
The definition of an opinion is:
An opinion is a subjective statement or thought about an issue or topic, and is the result of emotion or interpretation of facts. An opinion may be supported by an argument, although people may draw opposing opinions from the same set of facts. Opinions rarely change without new arguments being presented.
The definition of a fact is:
The word fact can refer to verified information about past or present circumstances or events which are presented as objective reality.

The people that were the most aggressive and insulting about a Religious cartoon most definitely prefer to deal with opinions, which they blatantly, against all evidence and intellectual reasoning, boldly state as FACTS.
Only one group, who’s symbol appeared in the cartoon  attacked , and broke a lot of the principles of their Master in word and attitude while doing this. I do believe that they actually chase more people away than recruit, which is again against their Masters orders. I wonder if they will think about this. I somehow doubt it.
I did not need to file this for future reference, as my Chronicles show, I have met them often. They never fail to prove my personal theory right.

An observation.
The  ONLY  people that attacked,  got upset and went off ALL belonged to the CHRISTIAN GROUP.
That you should think about…. obviously I have a very strong OPINION of that.


Society and Instant Gratification

April 10, 2021


I first heard these words, a long time ago, ………….. in one of my Strange Classrooms.
Instant gratification.
They were spoken by a recovering drug addict trying to explain how the drugs had entrapped him. The point being his  life is quite difficult and by taking the drug of his choice he instantly got him to a mellow place, at first, but we all know how the addiction escalates and gets twisted.  Over the years I looked into this problem, at first I tried to get to my mellow point and then stop drinking, this never happened, I only stop when the booze runs out. From tense and sober, to tipsy and mellow…… then a fast track to psychotic, and blackout. I tried the changing of alcohol brands, no good. I changed my choice of drug, alcohol for cocaine or anything I could get my hands on. Didn’t work, my body does not like any drug except alcohol. Eventually the only path left was sobriety. Problem is the mind is still set on instant gratification.
While trying to solve this little problem I looked about. I was surprised to see that MOST people have this shit in modern society. We have been programmed for it. Why do I say that? Think about it. One of the best examples is the microwave;  we can cook a hundred times fasted than the conventional way, instant gratification. Then we can communicate anywhere anytime, instantly. I could fill a page on the things we have to help get instant gratification, remote everything. Ever noticed how upset people get when the remote for the gate does not work, and heaven forbid, they have to actually manually open it?
Now that we are so set in our material/physical ways, our little brain decides it really likes this shit then tries to get instant intangibles. Instant perfect: job, relationship, sex, etc. With no real effort at all, just push the button man! Any intelligent person knows, deep down this cannot work, but like the druggie/alky, by God, they seem to try. I suppose that this may one reason why we have such a titanic increase in broken relationships and substance addiction?
I am still pondering this problem…

Religion and Violence

April 9, 2021

It is impossible to separate the two.

They are inherently violent because of an exclusivism that inevitably fosters violence against those that are considered outsiders.

There are a hell of a lot of different religions and even they can be divided into subcategories. Let us look at what scholastic type call the Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Christianity

The Old Testament has beautifully graphic descriptions of the barbarity practiced by the forefathers of that particular religion. “But after Jesus…. and so on” will be the argument. Well, history shows a few million killed in His name, by the most populated Christian Church of our day. Look up the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition

Apart from that all these loving Christians seem quite happy in the fact, that if one refuses to accept their belief, one will do far worse than just die, one will SUFFER for eternity. Before that though, they themselves will not bloody their hands, but their Angels and Messiah sure will! Nice. Not surprisingly they seem to be quite fixated on blood and celebrate their Messiah’s horrible death and make Saints out of those that also died horribly in His name. What really boggles my mind is the fact that they made a religious Icon of the very (Violent) thing that was instrumental in their leader’s death, the Cross. Now if my hero was killed by, say a knife and I went and made an expensive piece of jewellery in the image of the type of knife that was used, and make and idol of it wearing it 24/7, the Doctors would pronounce me not well in my head. Think about that, take as long as you like.

Islam

Unfortunately I am not as well versed in the Quran as I am in The Holy Bible, but I did read it many years ago. It gives the Old Testament a run for its money, that is for sure. Without having a New Testament to try calm things down, the Muslims have a bit of a bigger problem than the Christians, to try convince me they are not a violent bunch. With all the stuff about chopping the heads off infidels and what not, only difference they are prepared to do it themselves. Never mind waiting for God to set his Angels lose, they will just get on with it, right here and now. One need to just watch the news to see modern day violence carried out in the name of Islam/Allah.

Judaism

Nosce te ipsum

What can I say? These are the folks that annihilated their “enemies” with a passion not seen often. Barbaric bunch, as I have said, they killed every living thing in their raids, even the dogs and the chickens! In modern day these people have their pet monster, Hitler, who was a little less barbaric about killing his enemies, and I do not believe he killed all the Jewish owned animals. The modern day Israeli is not a bad killer himself, but that is all covered by religious righteousness. The Gaza Strip and the Palestine thing is eerily similar to the Concentration camps that were in the Anglo Boer War first and then later in Europe.

African Animals 21 Fish Eagle

April 7, 2021

The African Fish Eagle is a fairly large eagle. It has a distinctive black, brown, and white plumage.

Although, as its name suggests, it feeds extensively on fish, in some areas it preys on flamingoes and other water birds. It is also known to eat carrion and is classified as a kleptoparasite (it steals prey from other birds). Goliath Herons are known to lose a percentage of their catch to Fish Eagles. Their main diet is fish, sometimes dead, but mostly caught live. Catfish and lungfish are caught most frequently. Larger prey are eaten on the ground next to the water.

The African Fish Eagle has two distinct calls. In flight or perched, the sound is something like the American Bald Eagle. When near the nest its call is more of a ‘quock’ sound – the female is a little shriller and less mellow than the male. So well known and clear is the call of this bird that it is often known as ‘the voice of Africa’. The African Fish Eagle is usually seen in pairs inside and outside the breeding season, even sharing kills made by either of them. They spend more time perched than flying, and usually settle for the day by 10am, having made their kill, although they will kill at any time of the day.

It is most frequently seen sitting high in a tall tree from where it has a good view of the stretch of river, lakeshore or coastline, which is its territory. Near a lake with an abundant food supply, a pair may require less than a square mile of water to find enough food, whereas next to a small river, they may require a stretch of 15 miles or more. Some tend to move around to avoid the wettest weather, whereas others stay where they are all year round.

Widespread in Southern Africa. It is particularly common in and around some of the Rift Valley lakes.

Information from the Kruger National Park site.
Photography WvBisset

African Animals 21 The Nyala

April 7, 2021

Nyala [Nyala angasii or Tragelaphus angasii]

The  slate-brown shaggy coat is marked with white vertical stripes and spots on the flanks. Bulls appear more charcoal-grey in colour. The bulls have long inward curved horns (650 mm) and a white chevroned face.
They have a ridge of long hairs along the underparts, from behind the chin to between the hind legs, they also have a mane of thick, black hair from the head along the spine to the rump.
Bulls weigh 115 Kg and measures 1.05 m at shoulders. Cows are much smaller and do not have horns, and weigh 59 Kg and stand 900mm at shoulders. Cows are chestnut-coated with even more prominent white stripes on the flanks.

This antelope feeds by both grazing and browsing and will readily feed on leaves, fruit and flowers. This variety in their diet is one of the factors ensuring their successful survival.

They breed throughout the year, but mating peaks in autumn and spring. Single calves are born after a gestation period of 220 days. Twins are not uncommon. Cows first conceive between 14 to 18 months. Average interval between births is 297 days. Mating opportunities for bulls are decided through dominance behaviour.

An interesting fact is that the juvenile males look like females. It is thought that this camouflages the young males and protects them from the jealous eyes of the dominant bulls. The young males are therefore allowed to grow up peacefully under the protection of the herd.

This rather large antelope inhabits dense woodlands and thickets along permanent water. It is very secretive and more easily seen at night. Nyala is non-territorial, but both sexes have overlapping home ranges. The home ranges of cows are twice the size than that of bulls.

As a result of translocation, Nyalas are found in a number of game reserves and private farms throughout South Africa. They are most numerous in the Kruger National Park.


Latin NameTragelaphus Angasii
Weight
55 – 68 kg Female

92 – 126 kg Male

Gestation Period 8 months
Number of Young1
Calf Birth Weight 5 kg 

Spoor Description

Information gleaned from mainly the Kruger National Park site.

Photography WvBISSET

Drinking and Thinking

April 7, 2021

Strange Classrooms

Thinking and Drinking
It was in another lifetime, many years ago when I met Mike, in one of my Strange Classrooms. Mike was a very successful businessman, originally from Britain and looked the part. His story was very strange for me, he joined the AA because he felt his drinking habits were upsetting his life. That is not the strange part though. What was is what he called his drinking problem! He had, over many years, fallen in to the habit of having TWO drinks every evening, and on holidays maybe a bit more. He told us he believed he was making bad business decisions because of this so decided to stop drinking in the week; and could not. So he joined the AA. When I heard his story my mouth hung open.. FFS! I wished I could drink so moderately. He never missed the Monday meeting and claimed his life had improved radically since he had stopped drinking. Although he never, in the six years I sat with him had an AA birthday of one year sober, over Christmas he always had a few drinks.

At the time I thought Mike was a little over the top, I mean two bloody drinks a night cannot do any harm, can it?

Recently I noticed something that made me think of Mike. All the people I know that are long term habitual drinkers, those that seldom get totally drunk, seem to have similar problems to drunkards! Not huge things, but smaller things that cause the same big problems that are seen in alcoholics. Searching my memory I found that people I know that are habitual drinkers seem to do just as Mike says, stupid or bad decisions . Further analysis showed me the longer they have had the habit, the more stupid they become.

Alcohol, cunning , baffling and powerful.

Are you a Legal Drug Addict?

April 6, 2021

Strange Classrooms

Psychiatry is a very new “science “. The man regarded as the forefather of this so called science was Fraud, I mean Freud. ☺ Freud, won’t go into what a sick puppy he was, especially about his hang ups about having sexual desire for one’s mother!

A very useful puppet for the modern day drug pushes he was. Here is a little bit of interesting infomation about this man.
Perhaps you should read it BEFORE you take your meds for what ever ABC Sickness some quack convinced you that you suffer from.

Sigmund Freud, once claimed there had been three great scientific revolutions to have successively knocked humanity off its privileged and self-regarding perch at the center of the universe. First, he said, came Nicolaus Copernicus, who showed that the Earth was but a small, sun-orbiting speck amid an inconceivable vastness. Next was Darwin, who demonstrated that man wasn’t God’s privileged creation but had descended from apes, “implying an ineradicable animal nature in him.” Finally, said Freud, “Man’s craving for grandiosity is now suffering the third and most bitter blow from present-day psychological research, which is endeavoring to prove to the ‘ego’ of each one of us that he is not even master in his own house, but that he must remain content with the veriest scraps of information about what is going on unconsciously in his own mind.”

If this all sounds like the ramblings of a man who’s just snorted an industrial-sized line of cocaine, then that’s probably because psychoanalysis owes its emergence to Freud’s protracted dabbling with the stuff, which back then was a freely available over-the-counter medicine. And not only did cocaine influence psychoanalysis—from the discovery of the “royal road to the unconscious” in dreams, and the therapy based on that, to the intellectual discipline itself—but Freud influenced the number of nostrils into which cocaine found its way. Indeed, according to Dominic Streatfeild, author of Cocaine: An Unauthorized Biography, “If there is one person who can be held responsible for the emergence of cocaine as a recreational pharmaceutical, it was Freud.”

I put it to you he is more responsible for the legal drug addiction that is controlling and ultimately killing more people than any “recognized ” pandemic. So don’t let me get started on the vaccination story!!!

Choose a DUCKLING!

April 6, 2021

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