What is it? It’s just what it sounds like. It’s judging a ________(insert noun) based upon the way it looks. Why is this important? Because it’s one of the first and most convincing ways our brains decide to judge something, place a value upon it, and summarize it’s entire essence with.
Based upon visual cues only, we have learned to decide if something is safe to eat, predator or prey, friend or foe.
This hard wiring goes way deeper into our minds than our surface personality could ever choose. The design of natural selection uses visual cues to analyze and determine if a mate will be fit for breeding with. The calculations that go off in unlimited numbers, at quantum speeds, that shatter the speed of light, are unfathomable, and uncontrollable, by our conscious human minds. We make thousands of calculations about a potential mate in less than a second, a feat that isn’t readily called upon by the brain’s owner when needed.
People rarely are able to make such important decisions on purpose. Yet the brain is wired for this, it’s wired for all of this to function, with or without your permission, automatically.
This is the first line of defense for the human organism, SIGHT.The information about the environment is taken in visually as a snapshot and images are separated by all kinds of parameters. Color, shape, size, depth, width, height, these labels and more are applied to the visual data in each snapshot and sorted out to be stored in different parts of your brain. Data that is continually redundant, safe, unusable, or of no concern, is deleted like a blurry photo while information that matters is high lighted and saved. Key information that pertains to survival is locked in and not only saved but indexed for quick access later, think memory recollection (re-collect).
As this data is stored it is cross examined against the data received by your other senses so that information can be further validated or re-appropriated. For example if you saw a large rock and heard a plastic sound when you hit it with a stick your brain has now re-appropriated this item, and opened it up for a closer visual inspection, a reexamination if you will. Upon a second inspection your brain will now recognize that this is not a real rock like the other ones saved in your memory banks but this is something new. Now these new details have been saved in a special place in the brain to check against simulations, or fake versions of this item. The brain would not ordinarily have to check against fakes for this item but now has this double-check feature attached to it’s program when looking at rocks.
What does this have to do with look-ism? Everything!
The brain has made a judgment against this noun (person, place, or thing) using visuals, and has saved a predetermined judgment for future use to only be recalled by visuals once again. The only way to re-write this saved data is to be proven wrong. The brain was already proven right once so until it is proven wrong it saves it’s judgment for all things that look like this. This is a handy survival program in case of anything that looks like a bear, or a lion, or food.
If brains have been working like this since before humans had written or spoken word then we should expect to see children display these traits immediately upon birth right?
Yes. And we have seen this. Children are born with brains that make visual judgement calls from the second they start receiving light beams into the eye. Everyone is a lookist.
This means you, yes YOU reading this, are a predisposed lookist from birth. Babies are born into this world making judgments with their eyes that we can’t ordinarily fathom.
We believe judgment to be a conscious and intelligent decision made according to our preferences and tastes, which we must have developed through years of experience. The average person would scoff at the idea of a judgmental newborn, yet scientific data has returned results from test after test that babies prefer some faces over others, races over others, genders over others, and other less offensive particulars.
So are babies evil? Of course not! They are the furthest thing from it…right? I mean yes they are 100% selfish, they have no respect, no self control, they have no manners, they are racist, sexist, shallow lookists, and physically volatile creatures that throw tantrums when they don’t get what they want immediately, but no they are not evil because they are just babies.
These things we would call evil when committed by an adult, of an age we deem personally responsible for their behaviour, yet when committed by babies we don’t think of them as such offenses. Partly because babies are so helpless and tiny that we can’t take them serious, we can’t feel threatened by them, and they have no idea what they are doing, basically like a wild little animal that you have to domesticate and teach, mold into a decent person.
But what does this say about the innate human nature that we are born into? What does it say about society that we ignore the traits we are born with?
It’s a great disservice to humanity when we ignore the similarities between adult tyrants and little babies. It’s almost as if evil is an immaturity issue that could possibly be prevented through a structured upbringing. It’s also a disservice when we fail to see that the evils we are born into are more than similar to the selfish traits of the animal kingdom.
Somewhere in our group social psychology we all want to forget that, even as adults, we are just children, and even as humans we are just animals.
Well as we go on pretending and running away from our bestial biology the brain keeps doing it’s job all day, every day, regardless of how a person feels about their identity in the world.
The lookism factor is just one of several selfish animal instincts that are completely natural and serves a pro-survival purpose, but may also be one of the primal traits that we as a society are trying so hard to evolve away from. It would appear that our current attempts at evolution are primarily based in the mental processes and psychology of humans, and not as much progress biologically, physically.Much like the technological advancements of the human race have outmatched the mental advancements a thousand to one.
We are grasping at straws trying to keep up with ourselves. Each new husk we shed we forget we are still connected. We are still those stupid apes. We are still those animals in the field fighting over territory and looking for food. If we don’t address these biological artifacts then we cannot and will not honestly move forward as a society. We will be held captive by our own animal natures that we deny the true existence of. The ugly beast that served us well is now a mythological mental projection, an archetype appearing in movies and cartoons as the werewolf, King Kong, or vampires.
Did I go off track? Not really.
It’s important to realize that we must understand our biological motives before truly understanding our conscious motives. There is a reason for everything, even the most uncomfortable of human behaviors have a root in the biological instructions encoded in these fleshly vessels.
Lookism is the foremost of these archaic survival systems. Lookism is the first to engage us with our animal kingdom and will probably be the last we ever get rid of, if ever.
By acknowledging our deficits, and handicaps, we can better make adjustments to ourselves and change society.
THE BATTLE OF NARCISSUS
Narcissus: the famous idolator of his own beauty who in Greek mythos turned into a plant from staring at himself for too long in the river’s reflective water. We often use the word narcissist now, thanks to this legend, to describe an unusually selfish person who has no regard for others. But what if I told you that it’s not unusual at all to be selfish and we are all like narcissus? Much like the other animal programs deep within us this one is based on survival via self preservation. One of the most primary priorities of an organism is to preserve itself, and it’s DNA, to be passed along via mating, and then possibly to ensure the offspring live long enough to have a chance at repeating the process.
Such importance is placed upon this task that there is some species of animal that will break off their own penis inside the female to make sure no other males come to mate, thus defending their DNA in a dance/battle called sperm competition. By the way, the species with a removable penis is just an insect, so don’t get too grossed out. The point is that this kind of instinct, this program, it exists in humans as well. And it’s not adapted to the new social constructs, the norms, the technology yet. We are still operating with human brain 1.0 and we are living in a 9.0 world.
The adjustments we have made to live in society are only partially being coded into our DNA through parents. Slowly we are adapting but not fast enough. The majority of our adjustments have been through discipline and training akin to doggie behavior school, there’s no real understanding.
Up until fairly recently discipline itself was totally devoid of understanding. The only thing a child understood was that if you do THIS then you get THAT, “that” being a painful form of physical reprimand ranging from a spanking to full on punching, choking, or stoning if you look back far enough.
Then if anyone got smart enough to ask WHY they can’t do THIS without getting beat upside the head they were traditionally answered with a hierarchy in the heavens that took the blame off the parents.”Because God said so” the parents would say, just as the Church/State would say to the parents, with no further explanation or examination of the problems.
This type of urge suppression therapy didn’t actually work. It only conditioned people to behave differently while other people are watching. It’s left a large void in the consciousness of modern society who is now starting to question why what they feel and do is considered wrong and what is the root cause of these urges.
The urge to self preserve is so strong that self love had to become the secondary trait to back up the survival mechanism. Self love often seen as some type of high society vanity only entrapping the rich and well-to-do is actually quite primal and archaic. As a creature growing up in a wild world where everything is out to eat you, poison you, or kill you by accident, human brains learned to only trust themselves. The first judgement was saved “Humans are better than everyone else”. The next line of logic is most dangerous “I am human”, this line of code is only re-written to include “I am human, and others are too” if one should find others that they deem to be equals. Sadly the lookism is still in effect as always, first an foremost, for all other primal codes whether mating, hunting, or picking berries. This means that people who look different are first assumed to not be human at all because they don’t LOOK like the observer.
Narcissus lives in everyone via the DNA that says WE ARE THIS and anything not this is bad. It’s a threat to the self preservation system to have humans who are different than SELF. They are competing for resources, food, mates and it drives the most primal fight or flight signals in the body crazy. This is one of the oldest biological responses tied directly into the central nervous system. This is sperm competition as well.
Females can also experience competitiveness but usually focused on one male they fight for the attention of, or competing with each other to make sure they are the top pick when males come around. But males will fight to secure mating rights in general against any male in their territory. It’s especially concerning for a male’s biological program when the competition is different than them visually. The closer in appearance the competition, the less of a threat it is to the male’s biological ego. It’s still a loss but not as much as say a alien from another planet, or a human that looks so different they could pass for one.
The fact that humans identify with themselves just the way they are is a limitation to them causing them a false threat alert to go off when encountering something new. This, among other biologically learned processes are what leads up to xenophobia, and racism.
The vanity that we see today in humans is a mix of this primal self identification, that roots itself in self preservation ( limited by lack of imagination and any ability to perceive new data until seen), and biological ego (sperm competition), along with a new psychological ego that is part of the new evolution of mankind (more mental than physical).
The problem with the narcissus program is it instinctively limits the opportunities for DNA diversity which would create superior species and not be picking from the same saturated DNA pools that have met their peaks and declines already. It’s well known that DNA too closely related will result in anything but favorable biological traits. Furthermore a study conducted on pheromones showed females preferred the sweaty scent of males who were the least genetically similar.
Females have always been wired to be more of open ended opportunists with their eggs. They use natural selection to scan out the undesirables but it’s always been in their biological best interest to get a variety of different sperm samples in order to produce the greatest odds of a superior child. Males seem to be wired for just the opposite, sure they want the diversity for their own sperm able to expend new sperm on a variety of females daily, but they are wired to not want diversity for the females eggs. After all as far as the male’s DNA is concerned it’s literally HIM AGAINST THE WORLD. The female however runs the contest that is open to the world, may the best sperm win.
XENOPHOBIA : a natural byproduct of self preservation.
Lookism is the beginning of many human directives related to primal survival skills as we have discovered. Once such survival skill, which serves as a social limitation today, is Xenophobia. The fear of that which is different, particularly so called “aliens” which is a word that means any outsider to you, and your tribe, “your” land.
But Xenophobia also means the fear of the unknown in general and that is where it all starts. When growing up in a world meant to eat you, poison you, and kill you, mankind learned to become cautious. It was literally life and death to be scared of the unknown. That irrational fear at one time was very very rational. It saved so many lives that we can’t get it out of our systems today because most everyone’s ancestors had this fear.
In the old world if you didn’t know whether something was safe or not IT WASN’T. That was it “guilty until proven innocent”. And that type of biological ignorance is what led to witch hunts and hysteria that is even sadly seen today, as humans learn all over again to behave and adjust to a new realm of the senses, the digital realm.
This survival buffer kept people from going into dark caves, walking into strange forests, and chasing after unknown animal silhouettes. It basically kept all your ancestors from doing things you see characters do on screen in horror films. Those characters display the opposite of xenophobia, they seem to be deadly curious about everything.
If this all sounds similar to the way the immune system works in the body it’s because it is. This system rejects foreigners just like in the body and seeks them out to destroy them, analyze them, and not be undertaken by whatever it is, until it is understood. Without that understanding, and without that rewrite of the program, that foreigner will forever be labeled a threat to that immune system. And it will keep setting off alarms, known as sickness, or inflammation in the human body.
Now another comparison is the firewall (speaking of digital realm). Much like the immune system you have a white list and a black list for items allowed in/out and items that are blocked. You won’t be able to access an unknown connection until it’s added to that white list. (Maybe one day there will be a change to black and white labels so as to avoid racial overtones, but for now those are the names)
Not surprisingly this biological xenophobia connects up with lookism, and sperm competition, and the self preservation system to invent racism. The most racist ideals are held by those who posses a sense of superiority (biological self love), and a sense that others who look different are inferior (“they are not human”) and that they are a threat (Xenophobia /Sperm competition/ Self preservation).
Ironically the most racist people have superiority complexes that are masking deep psychological insecurities and only covering up the simple primal biological motives for fear based survival, which is ANYTHING but superior. In fact the most inferior humans today are the ones who have the most difficulty adjusting to modern society because of all the old self preservation programs. There is nothing wrong with wanting to live and stay alive, or even fight for survival, but the old programs just don’t apply in an age of science and technology where we now know that genetic diversity is one of the key elements to actually having a superior human race.
Superior human race? Isn’t that a little Hitleresque? Why yes it is now read on…
HITLERISM : The biological motive for a superior human race.
I pointed out earlier that we are all a little bit narcissist, and that babies are born racist, and even sexist. But what if I told you we are all a little bit Hitler? Well I assume you don’t suffer from cognitive dissonance as you are able to still read on and have not broke your screen yet or clicked away to some pictures of cats that make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. So I’ll explain first by stating I know that you do not plan on gaining the approval of a country and forming an army to commit genocide based on hyper inflated racist ideals and fears. I know that. Now let me ask you something, did you know that you are a eugenicist bent on making your own DNA’s version of a super soldier? Well it’s true.
Locked inside each of us is the program to procreate, to RE-CREATE life, not just any life, but our OWN life, and not just our own life, but the enhanced version. How do we enhance it? By selecting a mate that has features (lookism) and qualities our biology can detect to create a superior offspring. The blueprint in each of us says “get the BEST child possible”.
No one has a blueprint inside them that says “take any child you can get”, or “have the weakest child possible”. Everyone’s biological motive is to have the BEST child possible. Meaning your body wants to produce a better version of itself, by mixing with the genetic variety of a carefully (quality), or randomly (quantity), selected mate.
Your biological system knows it is not perfect and must improve, it strives to be superior, to itself, and to others. Remember your biological system is not just competitive it acts on the program that it is life or death to beat out the competition, and to avoid the unknown.
You might consider this beastly part of your primal urges to be a mad German scientist who wants to experiment on various DNA combinations to get the superior one. No offense to any Jews or Germans out there. But this stuff is deeply ingrained in the psyche and the biology of everyone, so denying it will not get anyone anywhere and fast.
Entire tribes, countries, families even, have built their legacy on the claimed superiority of their own DNA and have set forth to propagate within a strict allowed mating spectrum, sometimes even limiting them to offspring within the family bloodline, all for the sake of supposed continuation of superiority. This is obviously a case of biological ego and biological ignorance. Note that humans who do this are ironically inferior to others no matter what they think or claim. This is a primal practice based in animalistic fear and tribalism.
Do you think your DNA is coded to act this way by accident? Do you think that your biological motive to produce superior offspring is just to satisfy the selfish needs of your DNA alone? Think again. You are part of a web of humanity that is ever evolving and changing and struggling to survive, if you produce better offspring then we get better humans in general, and a better environment, a better planet. Everything gets better with better genetics. This is why some people wish to control this otherwise gambling game and steer the course of destiny more toward their idea of superior. Unfortunately for a figure like Hitler this meant a single minded view of what a superior human race would look like, he only saw one version, no diversity, and in that alone he would have failed even if he was a saint instead of a mass murderer.
The truth is in order to produce a superior human race all races must become the best versions of themselves, all individual bloodlines must eradicate illnesses and things bad for survival. Then all races would have to mix and create new and unknown races until race itself was a primal notion and humanity just existed with various degrees of diversity and all had superior genetics. This is what happens when humans evolve and learn new programs that involve integration, diversity celebration, and healthy curiosity about the unknown.
For now we have to deal with that little Hitler in everyone that blindly follows its own self interest and assumes its own superiority much to it’s own detriment in the modern age.
And how did all of that relate to lookism you may ask? Well sadly it’s quite simple..if Hitler saw everyone the same, or the Jews LOOKED like he thought people should look, he never would have tried to purify the country of their DNA and purge them. Every racial atrocity committed in recorded history, no matter what other variables are present would not and could not have happened if the victims LOOKED exactly like their persecutor.
Note: The end result of looking the same but still being persecuted is class warfare which is the new psychological evolution of racism for the tyrants of today’s new world, the next phase in this line is the cliques of popularity that high society will judge you by in the digital realm.
SHALLOW HAL : The natural selection of lookism
Sorry this is not a VHS movie review of the 90’s comedy starring Jack Black. But this is related. In the movie the main character dismisses women who don’t meet his natural selection requirements, he is “shallow” as the people would call him, until one day he is hypnotized to only see the beauty of the inner person as if it was on the outside. The truth is we are all Shallow Hal. And the hypnotism comes from the processes of love, social constructs, and some pressures to not be shallow.
Our biological motives are to find the best possible mate based on a database of criteria and looks are the first way our brains gather all this information. Once again I stress this is done without help from you. These are automated processes.
Looks can tell us all sorts of things about a person, not everything of course, and not some of the most important things in a social new world, but it can tell us MANY important things and it’s not really so shallow after all, as you will see. (To be continued in Look-ism pt. II)