Posts Tagged ‘America’

Watters’ World: Dumbest Things Americans Said

August 27, 2013

Watters’ World: Dumbest Things Americans Said

These are the future parents, teachers, and leaders of America. Many appear to be on Spring Break from college, some are just walking down the street. I can’t imagine where the naked lady came from!

God Help us!


Defining Good Vs. Bad Behavior

December 3, 2009

Defining Good  vs. Bad  Behavior

I am a psychologist and therefore I have deep respect for its most robust laws and principles: The Law of Effect is one such law.

I like to think of it this way: The Law of Effect is one of  God’s Truths discovered by science, but known by perceptive humans through all time.

The Law of Effect states that: Consequences Control Behavior.

The facts are that individuals, groups and societies that do not organize themselves with this psychological law as their guiding centerpiece will suffer the consequences of increasingly chaotic behavior patterns at all levels of functioning. Chaotic behavior patterns are greatly damaging to societies and their cultures.  Therefore, chaotic population behavior is bad.  Within cultures, increasing rates of bad behavior requires (and leads to); less organization, less planning, less patience, less effort, less education, less morality, less law enforcement and more. Many bad behaviors lead to faster, or even instant forms of  gratification (rewards). The science of Psychology predicts, and history confirms, that all of this can lead to rapidly increasing rates of bad behavior in societies. The resulting functional disruption and corruption can grow to threaten the viability of those social cultures so afflicted.

My colloquial definitions for bad behavior are ignorant, short-sighted, self-defeating, maladaptive, self-and-other destructive, damaging, irresponsible, dishonest, mentally disturbed, criminal, selfish, addicted, murderous, or suicidal behavior, etc.. However, “bad behaviors” require a more refined definition.

Defining and differentiating bad behavior and good behavior is not always a simple matter. Attempting to do so invites criticism, even social censure in this day and age. But we all naturally define behaviors as good or bad. Unfortunately many of us have been intimidated, by modern political correctness, cancel culture and the prevailing philosophy of moral relativism; into keeping these judgements of good/bad or right/wrong to ourselves. By giving-in to these social pressures, we become incompetent at encouraging good behavior, in ourselves, our loved ones and others. This form of ethical incompetence is self-destructive for individuals, groups and social-cultures, which is an important point of this discussion.

The growth of psychological, moral and ethical ignorance and incompetence; and its predictable consequences is exactly what is happening to America.

I have struggled with the problem of defining good behavior and bad behavior for many years. The best that I have been able to do is to blend several criteria as an aid to making such evaluations. Though this method is admittedly imperfect, in my judgement, it is far better than declaring that there are no rights/wrongs, or goods/bads, and embracing the behavioral chaos which naturally results from this perverted anti-ethical philosophy.

I define bad or undesirable behaviors as all behaviors (thoughts, attitudes, beliefs, and important physiological events such as extreme anger, fear, and anxiety) that:

A). Are prohibited by law. These criteria can change over time, but they are an indispensable guide.

B). Are represented as a Psychological Disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-IV 4(DSM-IV). This is the diagnostic manual used by physicians and mental health professionals to determine who is suffering from significant mental problems. It is important to note that when I use the term “bad” for this category of behavior, I do not mean that people who suffer from mental disorders are “bad people”. I only mean that mental disorders are bad for the people who suffer them. Furthermore, it is a fact that many of what we identify as mental disorders are preventable. All impairments to a societies citizens are bad for the society, because they are a drain upon its human capital. It is especially bad when societies evolve in ways that significantly increate the rate of psychological disorders within their populations.

C).  Are listed in the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition (ICD-10). This diagnostic manual is used world round to diagnose both physical diseases and mental disorders.

D).  Are behaviors competitive or incompatible with the main features of a healthy human personality as identified by psychologists Carl Rogers and Abraham Maslow.

E).  Are proscribed by the benevolent religions of the world.

I define Good or desirable behaviors as those behaviors (thoughts, attitudes, beliefs, and important physiological events such as good feelings, happiness and affection) that compete with, or are incompatible with, definitions A.  B. and C., and those that are consistent with D).,Roger’s and Maslow’s definitions of a healthy personality and E)., the behavior patterns recommended by the benevolent religions of the world.

Again, the general criteria stated above are only a general guide. You may wish to research each of the references mentioned in order form your own opinions.

I believe it is essential to encourage good behavior and discourage bad behavior in our private lives and as citizens of our American Republic.  There are many ways to do this through teaching, showing desirable role models, rewarding good behavior, and withholding rewards from bad behaviors. Much less frequently, in exceptional cases, it will be necessary to appropriately punish bad behaviors.

My study of the sciences of psychology/sociology/anthropology/economics, my experiences as a therapist, and my readings of the history of evolving and declining cultures, have taught me that the following.

Those who do not do recognize and use the law of effect, and other valuable psychological and social science principles, while preserving as much personal liberty as possible for all citizens; inevitably suffer the disastrous consequences of behavioral chaos and corruption at all levels of society. To often, the result is societal decline and governmental tyranny.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.

More of this America!

October 28, 2009

More Of This America!

Please take a minute to see this video.

I can’t be certain that this is true. But if it isn’t, it really should be.

More of this America!

V. Thomas Mawhinney  10/28/09

Thanks to Mr. Vic Palenske for sending it to me. Vic is my dear life-long friend, starting in Cub Scouts.

Amplifying Feelings of Terror (1990)

September 30, 2009

Amplifying Feelings of Terror (1990)

On the Today Show this morning a soldier teleconferenced from the Middle East with his family in the U.S..

The two young children sat highly polished and prompted upon the lap of their very nervous mother.

The soldier, ill at ease and stiff, attempted to convey his loneliness and caring for them with dignity. Of course dignity won at the expense of true intimacy. The “I love you’s” and “I miss you’s” uncomfortably resembled a crude and trivial computerized audio-visual simulation of human emotion. I felt very sorry for them all.

The pragmatics of the Middle East crisis have dictated human suffering. This is not new. Humans have suffered in such traps forever. But in America, before Vietnam, they suffered without the media amplification of anguish and self-doubt throughout their homeland. Perhaps some would argue that this will end war. I will argue that it will only lose wars.

Some of the media’s lame and maudlin leading questions were as follows:

To the Soldier: “Do you miss your wife and children?”

To the Mother: “How did it feel to lose you husband and father that suddenly?  It must be very hard to be alone with these young children.”

To the Children: “Is it hard to lose your daddy like this?”

All of this was followed by reports of increased depression, poor school performance, nightmares, suicide, etc., among the family members of soldiers who have been sent to the Middle East.

These consequences of war are eternal and they should not be denied. To compassionately give special provisions for the support and welfare of families so separated is an excellent practical idea and also a moral and ethical one.

However, while our Nation sends 400,000 of it’s warriors, half a world away to confront an insane and rabidly lethal force, it assiduously lays the groundwork for it’s own psychological and physical defeat.

I do not wish for war. But once war is eminent, or engaged, there comes a point of no return: a time when individuals and societies must choose to win or lose in mortal conflict.

Our choices and actions in WWII led to the survival of our way of life. Our choices not to win in the Korean conflict and the Vietnam war have weakened us: and now the Persian Gulf Crisis.

To perseverate upon the deprivations, dread, and pain of war, and to amplify them through the mass media, self-defeatingly makes whimpering cowards of ourselves. To do this is to flee in terror from the grace of the forces of natural selection of individuals, species, and societies which once blessed America so richly.

V. Thomas Mawhinney,  11/26/90

P.S. 1. My concerns have not changed to this day, as our troops are fighting in both Iraq and Afghanistan. They may also soon be fighting in Iran and other places around the world (VTM, 9/30/09).

P.S. 2. Now our military is fighting around the world. Russia, China, North Korea are moving against the free world that is rapidly growing less free. Iran and the Islamic Terrorists are immigrating and attacking in nations around the world. America is in a steep cultural decline (socially, spiritually, and politically). So far, my sad and fearsome predictions are becoming real. We are now in a world war and most of our citizens do not recognize it (VTM, 2/28/18).

“its a wonderful nation”—America

September 8, 2009


The following quote is taken from the 2008 book, The 10 Big Lies About America: Combating Destructive Distortions About Our Nation by Michael Medved.




The best way to put America’s place in the world in proper context is to call to mind a famous sequence from the most beloved Hollywood movie of them all.

In It’s a Wonderful Life, small-town banker George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) contemplates a Christmas Eve suicide before guardian angel Clarence provides the ultimate life-affirming vision. He provides the disheartened hero with a dark, dysfunctional view of the town of Bedford Falls as it would have been if he’d never drawn a breath, the community taking shape without his good deeds and benevolent influence. With that sharper perspective, George can go home to his loving family to celebrate the holiday with gratitude and joy.

Those who condemn the United States should perform a thought experiment involving a global “Bedford Falls vision.”

Imagine that the United States had never become a world power, or never existed at all.

Would the ideals of democracy and free markets wield the same power in the world?

Would murderous dictatorships have claimed more victims, or fewer?

Would the community of nations strain under the lash of Nazism, Communism, or some vicious combination of both?

Would multiethnic, multireligious democracy flourish anywhere on earth without the inspiration from the groundbreaking example of the USA?

Would the threat of jihadist violence and resurgent Islamic fundamentalism menace humanity more grievously, or not at all?

No one can provide definitive, authoritative answers to such hypothetical questions, but merely confronting the questions should help put the American role in more complete perspective. Just as George Bailey’s view of an alternative reality convinced him that “it’s a wonderful life,” even the briefest contemplation of a world without America should persuade us that “it’s a wonderful nation”—and an indispensable boon to all of humanity (pp.187-188).



End of quote.

This says it as well as anything that I have ever read.  VTM, 9/8/09

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