What Is The Normalcy Bias?
So much about living a sane life depends on maintaining an accurate perspective. But, a clear perspective can be warped by the “normalcy bias”.
The normalcy bias is the tendency of people to view events from the framework of what they have experienced as normal or routine in their life up to the present.
Maine is known for its cold water lobsters and every Maniac knows how to cook lobster. Lobster is always sold live both for freshness and safety.
Most people don’t euthanize the live lobster before boiling. But, if you were to drop a live lobster into a pot of boiling water it will shriek and literally claw its way out of the pot. It can be a horrific experience both for the lobster and for the chef.
For those who don’t wish to shoot their lobster before boiling, (the vast majority), the saner approach is to place the lobster in a pot of cool water and then gradually heat up the water to boiling. The lobster thinks (if lobsters think) that everything is normal until their goose is cooked (sorry for the mixed metaphor).
The lobster was hindered in recognizing danger by the normalcy bias – and, so are the American people.
While our government has been squandering our wealth and freedom through the pursuit of undeclared wars and the massive expansion of the infrastructure of war our nation’s people are being boiled alive.
We are not dead yet but put aside your normalcy bias for a minute and look at the facts:
- Trillions spent on the War on Drugs. The result? – highest incarceration rate in the world. According to an article in The New York Times the United States has less than 5 percent of the world’s population. But it has almost a quarter of the world’s prisoners. This nation’s 2.3 million prisoners exceeds the 1.6 million locked up in China with four times larger population!
- 35 million or 14% of the people in the United States rely on food stamps to feed their families. That’s just sick!
- The U.S. suffers from soaring unemployment that the government fraudulently reports at 9.5%. Standard accounting practices formerly employed by the government to measure unemployment place the rate between 16% and 22% while a polling company found that among 1000 families randomly polled 28% had one or more members actively seeking full time employment.
- Dead man walking. The government is bankrupt. According to figures published in Wikipedia: The public debt has increased by over $500 billion each year since fiscal year (FY) 2003, with increases of $1 trillion in FY2008, $1.9 trillion in FY2009, and $1.7 trillion in FY2010. As of August 3, 2011, the gross debt was $14.70 trillion dollars, of which $10.06 trillion was held by the public and $4.64 trillion was intragovernmental holdings. The annual gross domestic product (GDP) to the end of June 2011 was $15.003 trillion (July 29, 2011 estimate), with gross debt at a ratio of 98% of GDP, and debt held by the public at 67% of GDP.
- Nearly half of all U.S. families are flat broke and a layoff away from bankruptcy. The average American has no net savings and carries $8000 in credit card debts. Increasingly, the one bright spot, home equity, has melted away like a snow bank on a hot summer day. Personal bankruptcies have doubled this past decade. Experts predict that a new wave of foreclosures will continue to depress the housing market causing a chain reaction of sharply lower prices as too many homes flood the market.
For many home owners, real estate agents and appraisers the normalcy bias prevents homes from being priced at fair market value. The home owner hasn’t realized that what he may have paid for a home as late as 2006 to 2007 has no bearing on the actual value of the home in today’s market.
Americans Hindered By The Normalcy Bias
And yet Americans still buy into the same old political rhetoric by re-electing lying and corrupt politicians.
Today, schools and universities provide students with a watered down curriculum that barely mentions the U.S. Constitution nor discusses The Bill of Rights. Each year we see a new generation of students whose normalcy bias reflects the current state of freedom (or lack of it) in America, the land of the free – NOT.
Some will say that despite winning the cold war with the USSR and communism we are left (no pun intended) with a legacy of left wing, socialist leaning university professors as well as the horror of a president who is in reality a czar of socialism.
The normalcy bias and the gift of rhetoric enabled a socialist to become president of the United States. Read what presidential candidate Barack Obama had to say during his campaign and then think about how he has taken over whole industries and attempted to socialize health care.
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IN OUR VIEW: Barack Obama’s socialist agenda
Posted: Saturday, November 1, 2008 11:00 pm |
Some have accused Sen. Barack Obama of being a socialist. But the truth may be worse. A regular socialist would at least have the guts to clearly label his policy of nationalizing industries. Obama and the Democrats appear to be seeking this goal by stealth. True socialists just want to run the economy. Obama and his allies have their eyes on your freedom.
Whatever tag is hung on Obama, his election would herald a massive redistribution of wealth and power to the government. If jobs are created, they will be government jobs, which do not create wealth but only spend taxpayers’ money.
The candidate himself has been intoning with moderation. But the truth began to surface in his passing comment to “Joe the Plumber.”
At an Ohio campaign appearance, Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, the plumber, told Obama he was worried that the Democrat’s tax proposals would prevent him from buying the business that he works for. Obama’s reply was that he wanted to “spread the wealth around.”
The candidate’s far-left reputation was further reinforced after an interview surfaced from a Chicago radio station. In it Obama lamented that the Supreme Court had “never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and of more basic issues such as political and economic justice in society.” He said it was “one of the tragedies of the civil rights movement” that it lost track “of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalition of powers through which you bring about redistributive change.”
“Redistributive change” is jargon for government seizure of wealth, followed by handouts to selected social causes. And Obama is all for redistribution of your money.
Nevertheless, more Americans are coming to realize that our government has been hijacked by those hostile to the U.S. Constitution. But awareness without action is futile.
Stamp Out The Normalcy Bias By Educating Your Neighbor
There are many changes that must be made in the way Congress and the President govern the United States but the corruption of our government is, to some extent, caused by the power of entrenched interests and our current lobbying laws.
We must reign in the nearly unlimited power of the military-industrial complex, the oil industry, the pharmaceuticals industry, the banking and investment industry and finally, big government itself.
Do you expect a better future? Then, you must shed your normalcy bias and see this country as it actually is.