Sunday, June 30, 2024

The Broken Window Effect

 


It's a matter of psychology.  



“Cogito, ergo sum” or, “I think, therefore I am”, the first principle concept by RenĂ© Descartes, postulates that because we have conscious thought, then we exist.  


In the state of existence, what we think formulates the basis of who we are.  


This is why sages like Lao Tzu often caution us to watch our thoughts.* 


Our thoughts, positive or negative, form our character and inform our choices.  


Because our thoughts inform our choices, they will also inform whether we choose to vote and how we will vote.  


It sounds relatively straightforward, except when it comes to gaining the power of the people, winning people over, and seizing power, nothing is straightforward.  


Before the introduction of bad players, the competitive playing field was based upon winning people over to present one's stance and position based on policy and personality.


Not so anymore.


We are no longer on a playing field based upon informing the people regarding policy, of where a politician might stand on issues.


No, we are on a battlefield of psychological warfare where anything goes, where the Broken Window Effect is in full swing, where corruption reigns supreme.  


What is the Broken Window Effect?**


The broken Window Effect basically postulates that signs of disorder will lead to more disorder.


In an experiment where a car, even parked in a good neighborhood, once the car window was broken, was vandalized because the vandals assumed the car was abandoned and uncared for.  


Because no one cared, the vandals felt like adding to the distressed state was not an issue, since there was already a problem of brokenness to begin with.  


Psychologically this makes it easier for those already vulnerable to temptation to give in and partake in criminal mindsets or sins.  


What happens when our thoughts become tempted into corruption and sin?


Our choices become never-ending compounding problems of liabilities and sins.


For example, the grooming of thoughts into temptations of the gutter beget crimes of the gutter, sexual abuses in Sodom and Gomorrah-like sins of rape, and crimes against humanity.  


The corruption into compromised behaviors and abusive practices unchecked only begets more corruption and abuse of power in tyranny where any deviation from corruption and sin becomes punitive and retaliatory. 


In a society where there are no attempts to fix the broken Window, the system will become increasingly more vulnerable to attacks and broken parts until the whole system becomes totally broken, vandalized, and destroyed.  



Therefore, if we are to survive and not fall into total corruption, depravity, and degradation, we need to fix our broken windows and move away from the constant casting of stones, abuses, and breaking of windows to where our thoughts are once again well-informed, reasoned, and positive.






*“Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny.” - Lao Tzu 


**https://www.santuon.com/the-broken-window-effect-why-small-things-matter/




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