1. Read LP Workbook Two: “I” is for Ideology
  2. Read the Rocket Scientists’ Guide to Money and the Economy.
  3. Ideology is a set of beliefs and ideas that teaches us ways of thinking and behaving (i.e., Wrong Thought and Wrong Action) that make it harder to heal and connect. Ideology is deliberately designed to diminish and disconnect us so that we can fit in and function withinThe System
    1. Ideology is present in the school systems. Working class schools teach working class ideas and behaviours that prepare people to suffer in working class jobs (permissions to move about, rote memorization, assembly line jobs, submission to authority). Middle class schools teach ideas and behaviours that prepare people to suffer in middle class jobs (figuring things out, limited decision making and choice, thinking within the box, respect for authority). Professional schools: creativity in science and art, creative thinking, creative autonomy. Executive schools: freedom of movement, theory building, decision making, command and control, the reduction of human compassion. Notably, no stream teaches authentic spirituality and connection.
    2. Ideology is present in religions, spiritual traditions, and familial and cultural traditions. Spiritual and cultural/familial ideology often revolves around around the related ideas of hierarchy (patriarchy, monarchy, etc.), conflict between good and evil, judgment, and excuses and justifications for punishment.
  4. Ideology is inserted into your brain by Agents of Consciousness in a process called indoctrination . Indoctrination is one part of a Toxic Socialization process which shapes us into productive workers, and diminishes and disconnects us. Indoctrination is accomplished via repetition and reinforcement.
  5. Ideology can be difficult to identify because it
    1. is taught to us as children, when we are trusting and absorbent, and when our mind and sense of self is undeveloped and still in formation. When taught as children, ideology becomes part of our being, and taken-for-granted.
    2. is “spun” to make it look palatable and progressive. “Spare the rod and spoil the child” is more palatable than “hit your kids so they will accept low paid, factory work.”
    3. is obscured behind a patina of mysticism and “sacredness.”
    4. is presented as traditional “wisdom” handed down.

Required Readings

  1. The Sociology of Religion — “I” is for Ideology

Further Exploration

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