Author Archives: mikespassingthoughts

Thoughts on the problem of grades, tests, and qualifications, with remarks about repeatability, creativity, and seeking acceptance from the power structure

Here’s a thought I had: Over the years (actually decades) I have spoken of the ridiculousness and inaccuracy of grades as well as testing and qualifications.  This society has taken these too seriously and it seems that it has caused … Continue reading

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Thoughts on “Democratic vanguardism” and the need to force things to happen – revealing a failing of the democratic condition

Here is a thought I had: There is something which I often jokingly call “Democratic vanguardism”.  Basically, this amounts to trying to force things to happen so that they will go according to the theory of Democracy.  In this way, … Continue reading

Posted in Christianity, Christian conversion, Post-Christianity, and Christian influence, Economy, business, and consumerism, Government and politics, Historical stuff, Law and legal stuff, Modern life and society, The 'system', 'systemism', and the power structure, The U.S. and American society | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thoughts on the Victorians and the “media culture” it created, with remarks about some of its effects

Here’s a thought I had: It seems, to me, that what is often called Victorian is really an image created by media.  And so anything Victorian is more a reference to a media-based image than a society, culture, or time.  … Continue reading

Posted in Britain and British things, Culture, cultural loneliness, etc., Historical stuff, Mass communication: media, social media, and the news, Mass hysteria, mass society, and the mob, Psychology and psychoanalysis, Society and sociology, Victorianism, Bourgeoisie, noble imitation, and sycophancy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thoughts on on my reaction to social hysteria, with remarks about the self and other things

Recently, I had some thoughts which led on to some interesting things: The effects of social hysteria is something that “crept” upon me unaware.  I never really thought that much about it and never viewed myself as displaying it.  But … Continue reading

Posted in Dehumanization and alienation, Historical stuff, Mass communication: media, social media, and the news, Mass hysteria, mass society, and the mob, Philosophy, Psychology and psychoanalysis, Society and sociology, Stuff involving me, The 'system', 'systemism', and the power structure | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thoughts on the “macaroni” and “dandy” – revealing aspects about the origin of the Bourgeois/Victorian Culture and modern mentality

There are a number of things that have a great impact on the development of modern mentality.  These are: The bourgeoisie which I generally view as primarily consisting of common people trying to imitate the nobility and aristocracy Victorianism which … Continue reading

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More thoughts on villainizing, the new “politically correct” way of expressing hatred and dislike of people

Recently, I have begun to use a word which I keep calling villainizing.  I’ve written some initial thoughts on it in an article it called Thoughts on villainizing.  I got to thinking about it and ended up saying some interesting … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the “modern cult”: the “progress cult” and “freedom cult” – some effects of Christianity and neoclassicism

I found this article I wrote in 2010 that is quite interesting (I had to work on it a bit to finish it up).  It involves ideas that I forgot about but some of which I have developed and written … Continue reading

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