Can you judge correctly like Themis, the Greek Goddess of Justice? We are programmed to make choices, but not always with unbiased intent. However, we can learn to be more like her. Let’s find out how.
Themis wears a blindfold symbolizing unbiased thinking as a symbol of blind justice. And, she holds the scales of justice in one hand and the sword of truth in the other. Justice and truth without overt prejudice is the mindset we desire to attain.
Negative Bias Disguised as a Choice
Our programming is much different from that of Themis. The opportunity to choose is a beautiful thing. But using it to hide your bias and prejudice is not a positive trait. It happens so much we tend to overlook it. Those in critical places can significantly influence the content of the cultural narrative.
Some religious institutions are known for programming people to commit acts of violence. These types of negative human traits can become a part of the fabric of a culture. It shows up in the form of distorted values and judgments. The question is, Can you judge correctly, without negative bias and prejudice?
To judge is to form an opinion about something. We are constantly evaluating everything. The values of our judgments come from the thought scripts and values of our worldview (1). Our worldview (or paradigm) acts as a filter, it’s the lens through which we view reality, and it helps us determine what is safe or what is harmful, what is good, and what is evil. These scripts operate at both the conscious and unconscious levels of the mind.
When we make a decision, we are judging. So, it’s not so much that we make a decision, but we do it without harming anyone or anything. It becomes a moral dilemma because even eating plants is harmful to the plant. All we can do is do the best we can from our level of awareness. Avoiding bias and prejudice when the culture supports it isn’t easy, but you can do it.
Can We Judge Correctly Like Themis?
Is it possible to make value decisions that are just and fair? The answer is yes, it is possible. Is it easy? No.
We have two levels of programming. First, the hard-wired scripts are part of our dominant personality and instinctual stack. It’s our default programming. When we are healthy, this programming isn’t tainted and harmful. But this programming can become corrupted by trauma, mental illness, or tampering at the second level.
The second level of programming comes from our culture. Our family and trusted authority figures program our cultural narrative. The narrative is where we get the programming that colors what we judge as right and wrong.
Value judgments of the cultural folklore can override the default thought scripts of personality and instinct. As a result, the cultural narrative can install positive or harmful prejudices. This kind of negative programming promotes violence and justifies all kinds of bigotry and discrimination.
Negative Bias and Prejudice
The primary source of harmful programming comes from religion. The entity responsible for propagating this programming is Western organized religion (2). These are the Abrahamic religions of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. These religions are proud of their positions as purveyors of sectarianism. And, they defend their right to religious freedom, which is negative bias disguised as a choice.
These religions are adept at programming people to promote their prejudiced views. They use group hypnosis techniques to install thinking and value judgments on conscious and subconscious levels. This programming becomes the boundaries of thought and values. In this way, our minds can make automatic judgments. It is so powerful that it overrides our instincts and personality.
So, what we think is normal is simply an arbitrary judgment and illusion created by the dominant cultural narrative. This programing isn’t constant; it is different from culture to culture and over time. We cannot deny that we are programmed to judge.
Western organized religion’s three primary religious belief systems contain negative bias and prejudice; these are the Abrahamic religions of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. Our cultural narrative justifies treating others differently for ravaging the planet in the name of profit, but this doesn’t change our responsibility to fix it.
Reprogramming our Survival Instinct
How does religion reprogram our basic instincts for sharing and caring? Our basic survival instinct operates on the subconscious level. This ability helps us to assess danger on a subconscious level. It’s that gut sense that tells us something is wrong.
If we grow up in the jungle, we would learn to program our cultural narrative to identify the environment’s dangers. However, if we grew up in the city, we would not recognize these danger signs. We would need someone to help reprogram our senses to pick up these dangers. The ability to reprogram this instinctual function is instrumental in our ability to migrate.
Unfortunately, our survival instinct is prime for misuse. Propaganda uses the information to influence thinking, beliefs, and values. It often uses language or situations to elicit an emotional response, triggering our basic fears and insecurities. It manipulates our fight, flight, or freeze response.
It uses a wide range of materials and media for conveying messages. New forms of media create more ways to program. You can see this in podcasts, paintings, cartoons, posters, pamphlets, films, radio shows, TV shows, and websites.
Can you judge correctly like Themis while immersing yourself in negative values? The answer is no; you cannot. You need to remove and avoid those things that promote these value judgments.
Avoiding Bias and Prejudice
Looks can be deceiving, and our cultural programming comes from sources seeking to dictate our thoughts, beliefs, and values. These judgments differ from the unprejudiced philosophy of the Goddess Themis. To judge correctly like Themis, we must ahead our negative ideas about race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. It doesn’t take much investigation to see these entities’ motives to promote prejudice and a range of discriminatory practices.
The only way to deal with this issue is to acknowledge it exists. Then, be brave enough to recognize the sources in our lives and use strategies to deal with them. It’s just three steps. But none of them are easy. We live in cultures that saturate us in programming and propaganda. We receive programming from many sources continuously. They build these judgments into the fabric of daily life. We become so familiar with it we don’t recognize them. We don’t see how social manipulation is controlling our lives.
1. Step One, Acknowledging the Cultural Filter
The first step is to acknowledge your religion is programming people to promote harmful sectarian values. The first step can be the hardest because organized religion uses all its power to keep its customer base. It represents a formidable level of ongoing brainwashing and systematic indoctrination.
Brainwashing techniques can be overt or covert. It all depends on the time and level of emotional attachment one has to the programming. Propaganda, mentioned earlier, is a form of subtle brainwashing.
Remember, organized religion is the single most influential source of negative bias and prejudice. It’s equally important to remember that not all religions or spiritual paths are harmful. Only those that create boundaries and restrictions dictate values and thought. Some religions have more limitations than others.
For example, Taoism and Paganism have the fewest boundaries and constraints over freethinking. These systems encourage you to explore and develop your path. In comparison, the Abrahamic (2) religions have the most significant boundaries and harmful prejudices.
Step one is admitting that this cultural filter exists and is inherently harmful. If you acknowledge the programming exists but think it’s okay, you are still under the influence of brainwashing.
If you are enmeshed in religious beliefs that support bias disguised as a choice, you likely have several relationships that are also part of this social system. When you are a part of the collective consciousness avoiding bias and prejudice is impossible because you take on the group’s identity. You’ll have some hard work here deciding to break or repair the friendships of those who are still a part of the problem.
2. Step Two, Identify the Sources of Programming
Step two, identifying the specific sources in our lives. As we said before, most negative social programming comes from organized religion. When we can SEE the judgments, we accept or reject negative and biased values. See how we are programmed to judge and why it is a real Eureka moment. You’ll realize we are programmed to react just like a trout.
Here are the questions you need to ask yourself:
- Does the culture you live in have a hierarchy dominated by a religious theme promoting prejudice against a group or gender?
- Are ideas from outside your worldview automatically considered false or evil?
- Is there “preferential treatment” based on race, ethnicity, or gender?
- Is the official “law of the land” directly or indirectly derived from, dominated, or dictated by a religion?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you live in a culture influenced by negative bias and prejudice. These harmful elements are not accidental, designed to protect those profiting from controlling you. Removing and avoiding bigotry and discrimination is only possible to eliminate the sources.
Take an honest assessment of your exposure to cultural programming and the depth of its integration into your life. Realize that social programming is propaganda. Propaganda only works if reinforced continually—otherwise, the inconsistencies surface.
The effects are easy to see if you look at your values. In some cultures, you have no choice but to “follow” its dictates. Otherwise, you suffer severe consequences. If this is the case, all you can do is learn to protect your mind while projecting obedience. Above all, if you continue to deny that this programming exists, then you remain entirely under its control.
Recognizing the Tools of Western Religion
Western Organized Religion is the three religions of Semitic origin, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. These religions are the rebranding of earlier Assyrian, Babylonian, Egyptian, and Persian mystery religions. Together they represent 4 billion members. That is one-half of the world’s population of 8 billion people.
Many historians point out that the original purpose was to create a cost-effective cash flow system. To accomplish this, they use “continuous indoctrination and programming” to mold values and thinking. They effectively establish boundaries, restrictions, and limitations on independent thought. They “tell” you what is wrong and what is right.
These religions dictate personal and social values that have ripple effects throughout society. These are recruitment and retention tactics that the Abrahamic faiths adopted and the mythologies.
The effect of self-hypnosis depends upon how emotionally invested you are in their propositions. These systems sell hate, spawn genocide, wars, and discrimination of races, ethnicity, and gender. All the while proclaiming they are agents of love. Those invested in these paradigms can cherry-pick the doctrines to fit their needs. Most people who ascribe to a religion accept its negative bias and prejudice. That’s because they are a part of the “whole.”
Even if you don’t ascribe to one of the Abrahamic religions, you probably still feel its effects. We must learn to question why we value things, people, actions, and situations. Everyone has been subject to some level of cultural programming. This programming filters determining the boundaries and values of things, people, places, and behaviors. This filter programs us to judge everything.
3. Step Three, Remove and Reprogram
Every great teacher of the world’s major taught this principle. All the sages taught spiritual revolution outside of organized religion. Instead, the message of enlightenment became a message of enslavement. And religions misuse this to create superstition. So, the only way to minimize cultural programming’s scope and reach is to acknowledge it, then change it. To do this, you need to reinforce your critical thinking abilities.
Enhancing your critical thinking skills is the antidote. It can reverse the effect of religious programming. Study and use all essential tools of thinking. We recommend logical reasoning, the Truth-Seekers Axioms, and tools for spotting logical fallacy. These tools will likely direct you to conduct your research outside the religious paradigm you hold.
You’ll be well on your way to determining fact from fiction. Then, resist the prejudice and bias in any way that you can do so within your circle of influence. Questioning the cultural narrative takes courage. Be careful and safe in your resistance. Be “pro facts” in your approach, not merely anti-religious.
An obvious question is it possible to eliminate all bias from your thoughts and values? It is theoretically possible but perhaps improbable. It is almost impossible to live anywhere on our planet where you are free of all cultural programming. Our task is to reduce as many of these boundaries as possible. Avoiding bias and prejudice is a good strategy. Plus, we have our hard-wired programming from our Ego. It’s the harmful programming of the cultural narrative, and we are each responsible for fixing it.
Some people have deeply ingrained biases and prejudices. It’s harder to overcome brainwashing when the beliefs are part of your identity. When religious beliefs become a part of your identity, you will defend them regardless of the facts that show them as harmful or false. If you continue to deny you are programmed to judge, you can never see beyond them. The only way out is to acknowledge your programming. If you do this, then you have the choice to change it.
Also, if you’ve lived in a society dominated by one religious worldview, it is not easy to be a freethinker. You may want the world to see you aren’t a robot, but being socially outspoken may also be dangerous. Don’t let this deter you. Be the best person you can be. Do what you can, where you are, within your circle of influence. Always remember to be safe. Some cultures still take a hard line of retaliation against anyone who questions the cultural narrative.
Can You Judge Correctly Like Themis?
Being able to judge without prejudice and upholding the ideals of justice and truth is the goal. It is a constant process of elimination and reprogramming because, for example, if we only hate racists, that is still hating. So, we must remove all hate from our scales to be like Themis.
Everyone has some exposure to social programming. We can change this programming if it contains harmful scripts. It’s possible to remove the bias and prejudice of superstitious religious mythology. It takes courage to confront your own beliefs and values. If your programming contains these negative judgments, you alone are responsible for changing it.
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(1) Worldview, Wikipedia
(2) Abrahamic Religions, Wikipedia
(3) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia