Culture

When everyone ignores the fire alarm

Have you noticed lately that when a fire alarm sounds, people don’t readily rush out? At least, I have. People look around to determine how other people are reacting. And, if people in some position of authority or access to knowledge, keep going about their business, everyone stays put. As a whole, we determine whether to respond to an alarm that could save us, by relying on how others react. I’d say that is a bit of herd mentality.

Just recently, I was at an airport lounge where the alarm went off with loud noices and flashing lights. And, no one was alarmed. Some, including myself, looked around and even got up for a second. Eventually, most just sat back and drank their coffee or other beverage of choice. There was nothing wrong other than a bothersome alarm.

Now, there is an example of a larger existential (perhaps) societal problem. Which alarms to we listen to and can’t we figure that out on own own? There is so much gaslighting at the moment and so many truths that are twisted for convenience and sheep herding reasins, that sounding the alarm really does mean much. Nor, may it amount to much. Now instead of an alarm, we really need to see the smoke for ourselves. And, even then it could just be a smoke machine.

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  1. Not that much different from people looking to their social bubbles to see what their political views should be. Or a dozen people looking at a serious accident but nobody calling 911 or going to assist.

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  2. At a job I had years ago, we had a fire drill. When the alarm went off and people prepared to leave the building, the executive in charge of the department came out of her office and told everyone to sit down because “we don’t have time for fire”. A few years later I was working at a different company and when the alarm went off, I stayed at my desk because I figured we didn’t have time for fire. At least I did until I had the so-called floor warden yelling at me to leave. That actually wasn’t a drill. There was a small fire on one of the floors in the building and apparently the department I was in there did have time for fire. Still, I always hesitate and question whether I should leave when the alarm goes off.

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  3. “When I was young, it seemed that life was so wonderful
    A miracle, oh, it was beautiful, magical
    And all the birds in the trees, well they’d be singing so happily
    Oh, joyfully, oh, playfully watching me
    But then they sent me away to teach me how to be sensible
    Logical, oh, responsible, practical
    Then they showed me a world where I could be so dependable
    Oh, clinical, oh, intellectual, cynical”
    A Few Lines From ‘The Logical Song’ By ‘Super Tramp’
    From A First Year of Serious Depression i Experienced
    After A Break-up With A First Cuban-American Love in 1979
    i’m Not Sure if it is the Size of my Fredenstein Forehead as
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    Is Sounding Alarms For How Far AWay We’ve Fallen…

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