Tag Archives: Shouldland

New generations all submit to ‘The Man’

Each new generation of children/young adults presents a problem of compliance to the unwritten rules of society. Their socialization into the institutional order (‘The Man’) requires the establishment of sanctions. Peter Berger and Thomas Luckmann in ‘The Social Construction of Reality’ argue … Continue reading

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Friday the 13th

Once you have started to escape Shouldland, you will probably want to bring others with you. It’s really hard to change people’s minds though. External opposition to people’s beliefs, especially opposition they find threatening or insulting, tends to make them … Continue reading

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Believing in Santa and your poker hand

Taking the time to interrogate a belief that you hold takes more brain power than simply accepting the belief. It is easy to accept a belief you have grown up with. You won’t find a sceptical one-year-old. They believe the … Continue reading

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The Risk of Breaking the Stranglehold of Conformity

About 20 years ago an Afghan man called Abdul converted from Islam to Christianity, an extremely rare occurrence in that part of the world. Following this conversion his life as he knew it collapsed around him. His wife divorced him, … Continue reading

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Lars and the Real Girl

I watched a movie last night that has been out for a few years now, but I had never heard of it. Which is unusual for me as I am a bit of a movie buff, and enjoy nothing more … Continue reading

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