Sociocultural reality as an expression of psychology

Started by Baruch, December 24, 2017, 08:56:38 AM

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Everything people feel, think and do, is a product of individual psychology.  But our individuality is relative, not absolute.  We have our contemporaries and our past to deal with, a past that biologically goes back billions of years.  Our cultural ancestry only goes back a few thousand years, but that is what is most relevant to most humans, whereas the pure biology of humans is mostly of interest to medical doctors and anthropologists.  We express our cultural identity thru foundation myths (American founders).  We hold these, not because they are true, but because they match who we think we are.  Jatakas tales for instance, fulfill this purpose for Buddhists.  Biblical narratives do this for Jews, Christians and Muslims.  Stories of scientists and mathematicians do this for atheists (Galileo is a hero of science, as Socrates is for philosophy, and Muhammad is for Muslims).  In many cases, our lives are the embodied working out of fan fiction to other peoples narratives.  This is crucial in politics, where control of the narrative is what propaganda is.
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Are you taking any medications?
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