Thought for the Day 8/27/05
Communication is only possible between equals.
(Quoted from Prometheus Rising, by Robert Anton Wilson.)
"Adequate communication flows freely between equals. Communication between non-equals is warped and distorted by second-circuit Domination and Submission rituals perpetuating communication jam..."
"Under the primate second-circuit socio-biological rules, everybody tends to lie a little, to flatter or to evade displeasure, when exchanging signals with those above them in the pack-hierarchy."
"...a man with a gun (the power to punish) is told only what the target thinks will not cause him to pull the trigger (write the pink slip, order the court-martial)."
To put it simply, true, accurate communication is only possible between people of equal status/power. Bosses, Military Generals, Presidents, etc, will not get accurate facts from those under them, because the people under them will only tell the people in charge what the people in charge WANT to hear.