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Sep 20, 2023Liked by John Carter

In a word: EGO.

It just felt so damn good to be in a position of both “saving the world” and being morally-superior to the vile, disobedient UN-vaxxed.

Their egos were so effectively massaged that they did not pause for a millisecond to consider that there was ZERO clinical data supporting the “safe and effective” narrative being regurgitated everywhere by the MSM propagandists.

Similarly, at this late stage, when many of them are dying of clots, heart disease, turbo-cancers and varying stages of neurodegenerative brain disease, it is EGO which prevents them from admitting they were wrong.

This is simply not possible. The VAXXED are the morally-superior ones. It cannot BE that the revolting, grandma-killing UN-vaxxed were right all along. It’s neither up for discussion nor worthy of consideration. And so on and so forth...unto the grave.

And what exactly is EGO, you may ask?

It is the voice of SATAN’S MINIONS whispering comforting lies as they drip venom into the ears of unsuspecting humans.

At root, this four year debacle is more SATANIC than you know.

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In the middle of he Covid apocalypse, I remember going to an auto repair shop with no masking signs, no social distancing markers, and the auto workers unmaskes like it was a normal day. It was the only public place for over a year that looked 100% normal.

Auto shop guys aren't dumb, but they do probably have low agreeableness and neuroticism, since the work with their hands means it either works or doesn't, no bullshit.

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Sep 20, 2023Liked by John Carter

As a physician of 33 years who “ retired “ rather than be terminated for my refusal to vaccinate, I agree with your assessment of why smart people went along with the covid charade. I believe there are generational factors among physicians as well. The older physicians , who were more likely in private practice for years, like myself, were more likely to be terrorized by the age related death propaganda of covid, even though they may have a more independent streak. The younger generation of physicians are mostly employees, so refusing was less likely , as their employment depended on getting jabbed. Training in medicine also implies “ being trained”, and most follow the dictates handed down from above . My decision was aided by my seeing numerous adverse effects in my patients that were unusual and made me want to seek answers. I also didn’t want my wife to find me dead in bed. I believe my inherent curiosity made me a better physician, and also may have saved my life. I’m ashamed of most of the medical establishment, and sorry for the rest who were pressured into acquiescence or unemployment.

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Sep 20, 2023Liked by John Carter

My freshman Philosophy professor started the semester with the question , "Does God exist?". Five minutes later, he proceeded to melt our brains with "What is God?".

I didn't lose my job, but not getting the shot(s) has stopped my career progression at this company. Such is life. But, the way these fat humps are always sick, I might soon be getting a promotion I don't want.

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Sep 20, 2023·edited Sep 20, 2023Liked by John Carter

I have an ex-girlfriend, chemistry PhD from Berkeley, undergrad from Harvard, who values her reputation as a "smart" person so much that she injected not only herself with that dubious concoction, but her children as well. She also happens to work for a pharma company. Doubting her employer is probably not an economically viable option, as you point out. So my attempts to present good evidence that the shot is harmful get absolutely nowhere with her.

Also interesting: when I once suggested direct democracy, as in letting the people directly vote on legislation rather than our so-called "representatives", she was horrified. Let _ordinary people_ vote on our laws? Never! Same attitude from a different angle.

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Very nice post John. I have come to believe that dissidents share high disagreeability on the Big 5 personality test. Very much agree about the midwit meme. From what I've seen vaccine uptake *decreased* for those at the PhD level per here: https://unherd.com/thepost/the-most-vaccine-hesitant-education-group-of-all-phds/

Also, this Maurice Samuel quote about IQ continues to be applicable:

“There is no test or guarantee of a man's wisdom or his reliability beyond what he says about life itself. Life is the touchstone: books must be read and understood in order that we may compare our experience in life with the sincere report of the experience of others. But such a one, who has read all the books extant on history and art, is of no consequence unless they are an indirect commentary on what he feels around him.

Hence, if I have drawn chiefly on experience and contemplation and little on books - which others will discovery without my admission - this does not affect my competency, which must be judged by standards infinitely more difficult of application. Life is not so simple that you can test a man's nearness to truth by giving him a college examination. Such examinations are mere games - they have no relation to reality. You may desire some such easy standard by which you can judge whether or not a man is reliable: Does he know much history? Much biology? Much psychology? If not, he is not worth listening to. But it is part of the frivolity of our outlook to reduce life to a set of rules, and thus save ourselves the agony of constant references to first principles. No: standardized knowledge is no guarantee of truth. Put down a simple question - a living question, like this: "Should A. have killed B.?" Ask it of ten fools: five will say "Yes", five will say "No." Ask it of ten intelligent men: five will say "Yes," five will say "No." Ask it of ten scholars: five will say "Yes," five will say "No." The fools will have no reasons for their decisions: the intelligent men will have a few reasons for and as many against; the scholars will have more reasons for and against. But where does the truth lie?

What, then, should be the criterion of a man's reliability?

There is none. You cannot evade your responsibility thus by entrusting your salvation into the hands of a priest-specialist. A simpleton may bring you salvation and a great philosopher may confound you.

And so to life, as I have seen it working in others and felt it within myself, I refer the truth of what I say. And to books I refer only in so far as they are manifestations of life.”

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Interesting questions! There may also be a bit of memetic judo that happened. Remember not that long ago when vaccine skepticism was fashionable among highly educated intellectuals, and vaccination rates (especially for young children) were lowest in college towns? That, along with many other things (remember when the Left was anti-war?) got suddenly and very dramatically turned upside down all at once across the world. Old heuristics that worked in the past probably got a lot of people in trouble after everything got turned upside down.

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The simplest explanation is susceptibility to fear, which was the basis for most of the propaganda. This is a lethal virus, people are dropping like flies etc.

That was the case for me with several family members. The fear was the substrate and overlayed was the fact they couldn't believe they would lie at that scale. So that is perhaps somewhat rational.

Like you from Diamond Princess onward it was a hard no from me. I never considered it even once. When I began to think they'd make it mandatory I knew I would still not take it.

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Sep 21, 2023·edited Sep 21, 2023Liked by John Carter

This is fascinating, and seems very plausible and likely true. The higher-educated "smart" people around me, every single one of them, were pro-vaxx, pro-lockdown. They bought all of it. Most of them still buy it. I note that, in my world, they also bought completely all things progressive/trans/woke.

Naturally, this led to a culling of almost everyone in my life personally and professionally. Like many, I'm left with one or two friends (from the original, historical cohort) who are trustworthy. Friendships of 30 years, colleague relationships of 20 years, are all gone. Painful, sure, but less painful than the justified fear of what these people would do to me, or supporting seeing done to me, when they get the chance.

Self-interested ego alert: I can't change it, only disclose it. I like to probe my own mind and character, and here's what I've come up with. Data offered only as data, this is not a fishing expedition.

I'm at the upper end of measured IQs. This has been both a personal help and a personal hindrance. Intelligence is strongly mediated by character traits, and my very high neuroticism has pushed me into bad choices in my life, trumping my native ability to problem-solve many times.

For me--and I suspect there are many like this---my inherent disagreeableness and inclination to defy legitimate authority overrode everything else. I didn't take the vax, I complied with Covid protocols only under loud and vocal duress, and defied them whenever possible. Sure, my thinking mind didn't believe in the necessity/safety of the super-speed vax. But my tendency to defy those who tell me what to do, especially under threat of punishment or through use of emotional guilt, was the trait that had the most effect, I think.

It's hard for me to grok people who *aren't* inherently angered and reactive against manipulation and illegitimate authority. It makes me into a berserker. I will gladly follow orders from an *actual* superior who is my superior because he is best suited to the job (skills, demonstrated ability to lead well, etc.). But I will do nothing that someone tells me to do simply because they have the "social right" to do so.

Not only will I not do it, I will make the interaction loud, defiant, an uncomfortable for every party participating in the attempt to make me buckle down.

It is so, so hard for me to get people who don't react this way. Tell me what to do just because you think you're socially entitled to, bureaucratically entitled to? Get fucked.

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Sep 20, 2023Liked by John Carter

I wouldn't have been nearly as skeptical of the efficacy and necessity for gene therapy shots if I hadn't already dug deep into how rotten the "climate change" movement was, with the tortured data groups and overly modeled certainty and "97% consensus!".

Once you see past the curtain of one psyop, you start noticing other walls are also curtains...

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Sep 20, 2023Liked by John Carter

Nice article. The people with higher cognitive ability also tend to be more highly educated. Education is as much about establishment brainwashing as it is actually learning actual facts and skills. This brain washing inculcates faith in corrupt establishment institutions like the media, government, public health agencies, the WHO, "philanthropists" like Bill Gates, etc. The highly educated with some exceptions (the really smart people as you point out), are most oblivious to the fact that our institutions are largely a scam and front for the real decision makers in our society, which are the global oligarchs that own the World. Oligarchs who push policies that further their own wealth, power, and agenda.

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Sep 20, 2023Liked by John Carter

I don’t consider myself to be wise, but I do have a fairly well tuned bullshit detector, even if it takes a day or so to rev it up. The reason my wife and I understood all of the problems involved with the Plandemic and vaccines was largely due to following Dr. Mercola for the past 5 years. Without his information and others he had interviewed, I’d probably be dead and maybe her too. He’s one of the “Disinformation Dozen”, so you know you can trust him!

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Sep 20, 2023Liked by John Carter

I think the category error people make is to assume that we are rational animals, guided by something called "Reason", wherein our brains are posited as divining rods of truth, or at least calculators that process info and spit out a rational fact-based decision and proceed from there.

Our brains are organs embedded inside vulnerable mortal mammals and are designed to help us survive and thrive, first and foremost. These brains are also deeply social and work to connect us to the other members of our tribe, to extend various feelers to them to make sure we maintain our place in the safety of the group or that they all don't hate us and want to stone us while we sleep. (Our brains are as much social as personal.)

Whatever we think of as "Intelligence" is irrelevant here or at least secondary. Our elite class (which is often mostly elite because they are on the cutting-edge of conformity) took one look at the tribal breakdown of the Covid panic—dissent was coded as MAGA which codes as downscale racist rube, while obedience was coded as upstanding compassionate citizen helping to save Democracy™—and whatever words or thoughts they emitted to justify their actions was entirely ex post facto.

Smart people may say or do things that look and sound stupid to others, or that may be stupid when placed under rigorous Socratic questioning, but they're understandable when the other option is social death and the loss of careers and income that they've worked their whole lives for.

Conformity is adaptive! (which means sometimes stupidity is too)...

Thanks to John!

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Sep 21, 2023Liked by John Carter

The past few years I have watched people much smarter than me gladly get the shots. Your reasoning makes sense but I still just can’t believe how willingly they all complied.

What saved me??? Other than not being that smart lol...

I had a rough childhood and as a result I don’t trust easily and am very suspicious of authority figures of any kind. There is no way in hell I’d believe authority figures have my best interests in mind and are trying to help me. So, no jab for me. Thanks mom and dad for being horrible parents lol.

I also have good instincts about things/people...wouldn’t have survived my childhood otherwise. I guess being intelligent doesn’t mean you have street smarts and can tell when people are trying to screw you over.

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Sep 20, 2023·edited Sep 20, 2023Liked by John Carter

with 2 masters, I am pleased to know i am open, but have low conscientiousness (actually, I am pretty good at acting ethically, its been the bane of my existence) , Low agreeability, and low neuroticism...I felt all the time I WAS neurotic for not trusting "the $cience"...I know I am an outlier...but it made it really easy for me to say no. I had the option of testing every week, which I felt was an invasion, but the money was good and I wasn't ready to retire. I also sprayed Xclear up my nose before getting tested, just to be safe.

I do wish I'd tested positive occasionally...2 weeks with pay...see how conscientious I am?

I didn't take the jab, didn't worry much (surrounded by Covidiots).....and I will be eternally grateful I found Substack.

Gotta say, this is a good explanation of why people act the way they do. Thank you.

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I misunderstood where the psy-op was. I figured the COVID jab would be a useless placebo, like the flu shot. They'd pay their pharma buddies and then declare victory GWB-style. Why would they use a dangerous new product with a hideously complex manufacturing and delivery system to sweep an overblown cold under the rug?

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