The “12th Man” Syndrome


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Ever walk into a room and have the odd feeling that you were being talked about by the people there? Did you feel uneasy, a bit nervous perhaps? Were you focused on what you were doing there in the first place? Or were you spending your time trying to get yourself in order?

Have you ever been hypnotized and overwhelmed by so-called “positive suggestions”?

Ever had someone “pray” for you? How about an entire group of folks praying for you?

Ever see a stand-up comedian on stage being heckled by the crowd?

Ever heard of a kid being bullied or verbally abused at school? Ever hear of a parent doing the same to their child during their formative years?

Ever heard of the term “peer pressure”?

Have you ever considered how the extremely high volume of a voice of authority, say, a drill instructor’s voice for example, can cause the will of a another person, a new recruit in this case, to melt away and surrender its hold?

Have you heard of the supposed human experiments in Mind Control? Do you recall what you were told about the propaganda that Hitler used on the unsuspecting young minds of his country? Have you heard of the terms “controlled information” or “disinformation” supposedly used by the mass-media?

Ever had your lover whisper sweetly and tenderly into your ear at night? Or a cherished friend offer encouragement to help you through a rough time in life?

Ever had anything shouted at you from the sidelines when playing sports?

Ever considered the psychology involved at public rallies or social events? Crowd-control mechanics anyone? How about “mass hysteria”?

—— Enter the pro-football team named the Seattle Seahawks, with their stadium crowd famously called the “12th Man”. Certainly most talk about the “12th Man” is usually centered about the noise level only and its effects upon the opposing team’s ability to call plays, and not anything at all about the influence or the impact of a stadium full of people screaming and yelling at the top of their lungs with their “boos” and jeers and disdain towards an opponent. Would you consider this to be an atmosphere conductive to “positive” or constructive action? Is this a challenge that can be easily met? Or would this be the exact kind of setting where errors can be easily made, and the focused intent of a person’s mind be easier to disturb and disrupt?

Thus we have the oh-so-sad plight of the celebrity and politician. Why hire a PR-man to work for you if your perceived image doesn’t matter? Why go to such trouble to hide your faults and keep the public eye from seeing anything but what you choose? Does the public’s “opinion” matter that much? Is there something else not usually taken into consideration that is highly important in this regard?

The public has some influence, certainly. No doubt there. Maybe you agree, maybe not. But consider all the questions asked earlier, and what effects that the goodwill, or the disdain, of an entire population can have upon a public figure. Nothing here to see? Dismiss it all and move along? Or is there more to the idea than we commonly think or know or talk about?

Imagine walking into that room where you suspect the folks were talking about you. And let’s say that they weren’t talking well about you, but are instead venting their anger and rage, all about you. Or instead of being hypnotized by a steady stream of positive suggestions, this time the stream is one of poor, faulty, and destructive thoughts and ideas.

And this time, instead of the congregation praying for God to aid you in your time of need, instead let’s make it a group of say, black arts practitioners or some such other non-constructive worshipers of who-knows-what, and they are definitely not praying for help or assistance for you but rather its direct opposite.

Let’s imagine the bullies at school labeling their victims, and the terrible parent who merely verbally abuses the child, and nothing physical about it at all. The professional jokester who cannot win over the crowd. The poor and life-altering decisions sometimes made by young folks due to peer pressure.

Now it’s the loud drill instructor who instead of calling the recruits “you piece of garbage!” or “you sorry weak maggot!” or whatever, this time he shouts at them some nice flowery phrases like, “You blessed creature! You wonderful manifestation of life that cannot be denied! Yes, you soldier there! You treasure of flesh! You stare at me with those eyes and I am thrilled to be noticed by such as you!” (Certainly the idea is to harden the recruits in preparation for war and battle, and to wash away any resistance to the commands from superiors that must be followed unquestionably. But that’s something for a future scenario, whereas the shouting and such occurs in the present moment of action where the effects take direct hold.)

And this time, let’s imagine the propaganda machines are for the good of all people. What information will be given? Messages of hope, of determination, of possibilities for improvement and advancement? Or will it still be fear-related and stress-inducing information and stories? Obviously the former, and what mind-set would be generated by such a scenario?

And now, your lover whispers not “sweet nothings” and promises of love and devotion, but this time “cruel somethings” and hate-filled innuendos and betrayals in your ear. And at your most vulnerable times too, in bed and at rest, passively indulging in the sweet afterglow of sweaty sex.

Now your friends and family and the town-folks who are watching the game you are playing, they scream and shout from the sidelines and stands, “Loser! You stink! Get off the field! Just quit already! My grandmother plays better than you and she’s been dead ten years! Give it up!”

Let’s imagine now that “mass hysteria” results in only constructive and positive actions, nearly causing the term “mass hysteria” to be re-named. A whole populace inspired to do “good” and productive work, and the efforts are to benefit each and all. What mass-movement and awareness would be created throughout society and in its individual members?

— The point is that various, outside influences from other people, whether constructive or limiting, destructive or beneficial, have a direct and obvious bearing upon an individual’s decisions and actions. So obvious when considered— no one is a fortress, so to speak. No man is an island unto themselves. And religiously, we are all one. The point: no one is unaffected by the surrounding environment and its elements.

Now imagine if you will, when a public figure is revealed to be not for the good of the people they represent and act for, but rather is a selfish criminal that should be imprisoned. Imagine what reaction would or could occur in the populace.

Do we play, “For he’s [ or she’s] a jolly good fellow”, or is it something else entirely different from the good intent of that silly song? Do we have people praying for such a corrupt public figure, asking for God to aid and assist? Do we have a crafty comic who can turn the crowd around to their favor? And is the new recruit being told, gently now, how great and wonderful a person they really are?

Is the hypnotist working for you, or against you? Is the entire crowd on your side? Or is the “12th Man” jeering at you with the hard heat of their judgment and sending you messages of a particular nature? The marvel of the human being is such that, even though there may be an invulnerability to that thing called “spirit” or “soul”, as a physical creature you share the world with your fellow beings who can at any time give you a terrible and loud “boo” and probably much worse, exposing your vulnerable self and personality to the onslaught of their collective will and decision.

On that note— you reap what you sow. The seeds you plant become your crops. Karma is unavoidable, and now.

And as Einstein supposedly said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge”.



—peace out / etc