I was angry about these current articles, because, despite my intellectual conviction about the state of our economy, and where it was headed, I was still impacted by the “consensus trance.” Emotionally, I could not entirely embrace my convictions, because it would have set me too far at a distance from those around me.
These events, outlined by the “heretics” years ago, were labeled as “absurd,” “paranoid” or “crazy thinking.” Now, they are accepted as givens, an “obvious” conclusion to a “clearly destructive” set of events that “anyone could see coming.”
Charley Tart called it the “consensus trance,” and you can read a concise article about it here.
I saw a perfect example of it yesterday when I was in a room with 7 other members of the extended family. At one point, Jeff, obviously with some discomfort, raised the question about whether anyone else felt, as he does, that this time we are heading into something really very bad.
At first there was not reply from anyone, even though I have had conversations with several of them that show me that they agree that it is true. (I'm not at all shy in saying so in those conversations and several have agreed easily with that)
But nobody responded to Jeff, its as if he didn't even ask the question.
So I supported him, saying yes of course we are heading for the real thing this time, and then followed up with a question of my own, "do you have a plan?"
He doesn't, he mumbled something about heading for the soup kitchen he supposed.
So there he is, trying to face up to this huge shift in his universe, getting no support, even from people who agree with him, and then admitting that, in any case, he has no plan, that he is fatalistic about it all.
A while later I bent his wife's ear about having confidence in their convictions, that if they have made that cognitive leap, then they owe it to themselves to start acting on the basis of it. I'll follow that up with some more suggestions that we sit down together and draw a map that they might fill in for themselves.
I don't expect at all that I can give them the answers, I'm pretty sure that I don't have them. But what I think is critical is that we perform exercises based around the conceptual framework in which we expect to find ourselves so that, on the day we wake up to find that most of our neighbours have finally given up on resisting the new reality and finding themselves unable to think or act in stunned disbelief, we will not be paralysed, we will have some tools for seeing what is really happening and dealing with it, unencumbered by the remnants of the consensus trance from which they have just fallen.