Normalcy Bias a.k.a Analysis Paralysis

Last updated: October 30, 2020 at 13:02 pm

Created on Thursday, 14 November 2013 14:33

In a previous article, I stated that the public's ignorance and denial with regard to the true state of the US economy and the inevitable collapse of the US dollar never cease to amaze me. People simply don't understand that they will never -as in NOT EVER– get the straight story from the mainstream media, and logic alone will tell you that countries and individuals cannot borrow their way out of debt.

I thought it would be a good idea to elaborate on the above-mentioned denial by summarizing three articles about a condition called ‘Normalcy Bias’ or 'Analysis Paralysis'. The denial that I mentioned at the beginning of the article can be ascribed to this condition and is well known to psychologists and sociologists. It refers to a mental state that individuals enter into when facing a disaster or pending danger.

Normalcy Bias leads people to underestimate and minimize both the possibility of a catastrophe actually happening, as well as the possible consequences to their health and safety. It often results in situations where people fail to prepare for a likely and impending disaster. The condition also leads people to believe that since something has never happened before – it will never happen. People therefore underestimate warning signs and inaccurately reframe information in order to project an optimistic outcome.

In short, it's kind of a ‘reality-killing drug'. Like an infant with a security blanket, many adults have a tendency to cling to their habitual, repetitive and "normal" way of life despite overwhelming proof that serious danger lies ahead. Just as many people in Pompeii watched for hours as the volcano erupted without evacuation, many people today do not react until it is too late.

The Nazi Holocaust provides the best example of Normalcy Bias in a way that is most applicable to what is beginning to happen in America. Normalcy Bias explains why so many Jews ignored and underestimated the omnipresent signs of danger, even after they were forced to wear identifying yellow stars, possess a J stamp Identification Card and discriminatory laws were passed which targeted the Jews and their businesses. Many Jewish businesses were destroyed in "The Night of Broken Glass a.k.a Kristallnacht". Many of the Jews who could have afforded to move out of the country stayed and were subsequently exterminated because they mistakenly thought "that things wouldn’t get much worse".

When people don’t face the facts of an imminent disaster such as a financial crisis or loss of liberty and fail to protect themselves from the danger that is developing around them, the negative effects that the disaster has on them are much greater. People who face the situation early and start taking measures to alleviate the impact that the disaster has are more likely to survive it.

Normalcy Bias can be beaten with the following approach to dealing with an emergency or unforeseen event. 

1.    Face the facts.
2.    Sit and make a plan for a few scenarios that you think could take place.
3.    Check through possible options for dealing with the emergency/disaster.
4.    Choose the best option and take action immediately.

You may never have to use any of these plans but, should you have to, it’s better to be able to act without having to think. It's better to be able to take the information you prepared and be ready to go within the shortest amount of time possible instead of walking in circles making phone calls.

Knowledge is power. It is my hope is that you will use this information to educate and empower yourself, so that you and your loved ones are protected should the worst-case scenario indeed occur.


The Wisdom of Beethoven

Ode To Joy, the choral part of the fourth and final movement of Beethoven's 9th symphony is my favorite piece of classical music. Bar none. It's not just a tribute to Joy but also to Brotherhood, Love, Nature and Freedom, which is why I think it's particularly relevant to the world today.

Over the years, Beethoven's Ode to Joy has remained a protest anthem and a celebration of music. Demonstrators in Chile sang the piece during demonstrations against the Pinochet dictatorship and Chinese students broadcast it at Tiananmen Square. It was performed (conducted by Leonard Bernstein) on Christmas day after the fall of the Berlin Wall replacing Freude (joy) with Freiheit (freedom), and at Daiku (Number Nine) concerts in Japan every December and after the 2011 tsunami. (see Ode To Joy)

I already posted the first clip in another article in 2014 as an example of how the power of music can bring people together. In this article I added a video about Beethoven's 9th as a symbol of Freedom and also the concert, so you can read the words that are in the choral. I realize that classical music isn't for everyone :), so you can jump to 55:05 in the last video to skip the beginning of the concert and jump to the choral. I promise you goosebumps! and maybe even a tear or two.. (unless you're soulless, in which case you shouldn't even be on my website)

In the video below you will see that Ode To Joy was what I would call 'hijacked' by the European Union, which I think is a disgrace (and probably not something Beethoven would have agreed with, as with the use of it by the Nazis), but that doesn't take anything away from his genius of course.

Watch from 55:05 onwards for the choral with English subtitles.

How Europe Created Adolf Hitler

People who are already well informed and well versed in Hidden History know that there were many forces behind, and reasons for, the creation of Adolf Hitler. So although the title of this documentary is "How Europe Created Adolf Hitler" it doesn't quite cover the entire Hitler backstory. 

I'm posting the documentary because it consists entirely of archival footage that shows extremely well how demagogues and dictators, in this case Hitler, attract their followers by creating and playing into people's fears, and presenting themselves as "the solution" to every conceivable socio-political and economic problem.

In my opinion it is highly valuable to compare the images and rhetoric that are shown to those of modern day political campaigns and political rallies around the world.

Notice the similarities, especially with regard to the upcoming US presidential elections. (for more, see the playlist in this article)

The history that you have forgotten has never been more relevant.

Counter-Intelligence

Created on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 20:40

If the Mainstream Media (MSM) or excessive use of social media has trained your brain into a state of "say it in a sound bite or I don't understand" – you should not be on my website. I say this frequently and I mean it. However, if you find complex subject matter intriguing and if you want to be truly informed, you're in the right place.

I can highly recommend this 5 part documentary series titled Counter-Intelligence.

Quote from the documentary's website:

From the rise of the national security state and mass proliferation of state/corporate propaganda, to the normalization of constant, now remote (drone) warfare and the ongoing decay of constitutional rights, Noble (director) lays out some of the most significant – yet often overlooked or outright censored – information about one of the most significant issues of our times: Black Ops.

 

Noble helps to expose the real conspiracies factually, transparently, and responsibly. It's a film that should be screening across the US, but given the nature and subject of the film, don't count on it.

 

Share and show it far and wide.

 

Counter-Intelligence would be an excellent addition to college classes on political science, history, sociology and critical thinking, to spark debate and discussion, utilizing what's left of our First Amendment rights while we still can.

 
Mickey Huff

Director, Project Censored/Media Freedom Foundation and Professor of Social Science and History

Part 1: The Company

 

Part 2: The Deep State

 

Part 3: The Strategy Of Tension

 

Part 4: Necrophilous

 

Part 5: Drone Nation