The Miserific Calculus — They Target Your Emotions and Sense of Self ~ June 18, 2022


The Miserific Calculus — They Target Your Emotions and Sense of Self by Mary W Maxwell,PhD, LLB

When I was in university, one of my teachers, Paul Corcoran, was discussing John Stuart Mill (1806-1873), the utilitarian philosopher who talked about “the felicific calculus.” The word comes from the Latin felix, happy, and facere, to make. Mill was interested in finding “the greatest happiness for the greatest number of people.” Paul Corcoran made a side remark about a miserific calculus.

Years later, when I asked permission to quote him, he said he did not recall having invented that phrase. I’ll now use it to conjure up the idea that bad persons could try to attain the greatest misery for the greatest number. (Thanks, Paul!) This is no idle exercise in fantasy! I think some bad people do in fact attempt to demoralize society in all possible ways.

Let us picture misery on an individual scale. Think of the way a man could experience great unhappiness: His daughter has just been in an auto accident. He lost money at the horse races. His boss gave him a poor rating even though his job performance was excellent. His neighbor stole his wife! But that’s not exactly the kind of misery I am trying to calculate. Any person might, at any point in his life, have an onslaught of bad luck. I am trying to put myself into the shoes of “baddies” who aim to make the whole society feel an emotion of misery.

What is their modus operandi? I imagine them aiming at four targets: 1. the average person’s self-confidence, 2. his/her access to resources (food, shelter, whatever), 3. the availability of helpers if there is a disaster, and 4. the presence of ideals in his environment. There Go the Unions The thing that triggered me to look at this matter was an article in The Defender, the online magazine of Robert F Kennedy, Jr’s group, Children’s Health Defense.

It was about airline pilots’ misery over their vaccination injuries. The stunning thing in the article is not that the pilots failed to get help from the airline industry or the medical industry — they failed to get help from their unions. Wow. Indeed it’s worse than that — they say the unions are acting in an intimidating manner towards the members.

The Defender article, written by Michael Nevradakis, PhD, tells us that strokes, heart attacks, and myocarditis are among the injuries stemming from the mandated Covid jabs. These men are normally extra-healthy — every six months they have to renew their medical certification to fly. At the very least, the pilots want a halt to the injections for new employees who did not already make the mistake of getting vaccinated. The complaint is that the unions are even going so far as to intimidate injured pilots who speak out.

Isn’t it the very basic role of unions to support members? And as for us passengers, there is the fear that we could be in a plane crash if the pilot passes out. Plus the misery of knowing — thanks to RFK Jr, and others — that freedom of speech is being curtailed by the US government. Doing the Calculus Let’s assign points to such a thing, so that we can picture the extent of social misery today. For example, I hereby assign 6 points — out of a theoretical 100 total — to the loss of support by one’s union. For the individual employee, that loss may be worth 80 points; it may in fact crush him.

But I am not calculating the miserific calculus of the individual. When I say that loss of union support is worth 6 miserific points, I mean it for the society. Those of us who are not pilots and don’t belong to any union, nevertheless sense that the loss of such a traditional protector is ominous. It is also a worry to think why a pilot’s union would silence injured pilots instead of fighting for their rights. What could be the union leaders’ motives?

To whom do they answer? If they answer to “X,” then “X” is someone who is also likely to hurt us all. Above, I said the bad guys aim at four targets: our self-confidence, our access to resources, the availability of helpers, and the presence of ideals in our environment. The pilots’ example, given by Nevradakis in The Defender, is a direct hit on two of those four targets: self-confidence and availability of helpers. It also destabilizes a major ideal in our environment: truth-telling.

Lying As the Norm

I hereby deem that the culture of lying, that has taken over America, is worth 43 points toward the miserific calculus. Granted, that may be a bit too high, reflecting a bias based on my own experience. Along with many dissidents, I have been personally frustrated for years by the lack of reception we get, for our “conspiracy theory” stories. The official narratives that we oppose are full of lies. Once the media has “bombed” it into the public that such-and-such an event was done by terrorists, it’s hard to broach an alternative interpretation of the event. (See my book “Boston’s Marathon Bombing.”)

I concede that the general public is not suffering to the tune of 47 points, if they are unaware that the lying is occurring. Nonetheless, it seems that everyone is dropping the virtue of honesty as a sort of old-fashioned custom. (As kids, we were taught the poem “Under the spreading chestnut tree the village smithy stands… ” The reason this blacksmith was a great, strong guy is that he was dead honest.) The loss of this as an ideal in our culture is quite significant. Evolutionary biologists have recognized the phenomenon of Free-rider holdback.

You naturally hold back on pulling your weight in society if a certain percentage of those around you have stopped pulling their weight. It would make you a chump if you contributed, when the free-riders are just getting a free ride. Soon the justification for selfishness becomes sanctified: “The really good person looks out for himself and his family.” It also becomes the reigning ontology — Britain’s prime minister Margaret Thatcher told us, in the 1980s, “There is no such thing as society. There are only individuals.” She was wrong.

Our species is adapted to social life, as are many other mammal species. We spontaneously place our trust in certain forms of leadership. If these come tumbling down, because leaders stop acting in a trustworthy manner, we get very confused. There is no way a society can operate if lying is the norm. For example, there can be no law of contract and no dependable science! Fear of Imminent War I deem the fear of imminent war to be worth 20 points. (So, we’re up to 69 miserific points thus far.)

Today, the US government is talking about warring on China as a way of supporting Taiwan, and warring on Russia to protect the people if the Ukraine. Vey likely each American citizen, who is at least vaguely aware of these threats, has daily pressure on him. For families living on military bases it must be exceptionally anxiety-producing. I am not trying, here, to measure the likelihood of war. We are talking, putatively about a deliberate creating, by the bad guys, of social misery. It’s my claim that such a thing is happening and that the ones doing it have worked out all our weaknesses.

You may ask: Is it so bad to worry about a war that never comes about? Sure. Put yourself in the place of a 25-year-old who is trying to decide on a career path. Or trying to decide whether to raise a family. The very possibility of war will affect the decision. Of the alleged “four targets” for the miserific calculus, the two that may figure into the citizen’s psyche when war is threatened are: self-confidence and access to resources. Geoengineering, and School Shootings You get the idea. Additional worries about “resources” are occurring thanks to deliberate changes in weather carried out by geo-engineering, and deliberate changes in farming such as by GMO foods and “terminal seeds.” (The newly patented seeds, when planted, bring forth fruit that itself does not contain any seeds for future use.)

The average person does not know about, or refuses to believe, such things, yet may well be subconsciously aware of them. In any case, all citizens in 2020, were given a display, with full media coverage, of the sudden lack of toilet paper in the shops. And in 2022 all mothers who were not breast-feeding were scared out of their wits by a supposed shortage of baby formula. I award 15 points of misery for that resource-concern. So now we need 16 points to achieve a total immiseration of society with 100 points. I award 9 points to school shootings, within the target of “unavailability of helpers.” Quite possibly the lack of police performance, at the Uvalde school in May 2022, was organized in such a way as to let everyone know that dialing 911 no longer brings relief. Immigration How to find a final 7 points? Consider the fact that the southern border of the US is very penetrable. Certainly many Americans are living in fear of an invasion by immigrants. I can sympathize with those people, but let me offer a different explanation as to how we are being targeted by the US president’s open-door policy. It is causing Americans to be polarized as left-wing and right-wing. The stirring up of domestic enmities is a very big deal, but I have not named “unity” as one of the four targets, so I won’t award points to the disruption of unity. But I did name “ideals.” It has always been a point of pride that America is a melting pot. It is also a point of pride that we are kind and respectful of people such as refugees. Our identity is related to our shared ideals. Thus, it only to be expected that many Americans are uncomfortable with the current situation. We see on TV some families nearly drowning (or actually drowning) as they try to cross the water into the United States. I am not here to say that sympathy and respect should dictate immigration policy. Many other factors must be considered. But it is a blow to our ideals. I hope we overcome this loss as ideals are one of the best strengths we have. Let’s give 7 points to the misery involved in this particular loss of the American ideal. Hence, 100 all up. Summary There is a miserific
calculus that bad guys may use when targeting the good parts of our lives, with an eye to demoralizing and ruining our society, or so I claim. The four targets that I envisioned as being under attack are: our self-confidence, our access to resources, the availability of helpers in case of a disaster, and our ideals. I awarded points to each of six problems that are known to everyone today — just check the newspaper! Here are the 100 points again. Of course you may assign them differently, and of course there are many problems that did not get a mention but are contributing to misery. 6 points for Unions abandoning members: (Targets: self-confidence, availability of help, ideals) 43 points for Lying as norm (Target: ideals (free rider holdback) 20 points for Fear of imminent war (Targets: self-confidence, access to resources) 15 points for Weather crop loss, GMO (Target: access to resources) 9 points for School shootings (Target: availability of helpers) 7 points for Immigration issues (Target: ideals) Please let me know of more, at my website I am currently a candidate for US House of Reps from NH District 1, in the September 13, 2022 Republican primary.

Link to an article by Joachim Hagopian on manipulated food shortages

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