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Neo-Tech Advantage #41
INDEPENDENT JUDGMENT VS. OPINIONS OF OTHERS
Acting on what others think rather than on one's own thinking not only undermines integrity and judgment, but diminishes self-esteem. That, in turn, gradually represses the best qualities within a person. In a free or semi-free society, everyone has the basic choice of acting on his or her independent judgment versus acting on the basis of what other people think, do, or say. In a totalitarian society, however, no such choice exists. The authorities terrorize everyone by coercion, force, and threats into acting on the basis of what some "authority" thinks or wishes (e.g., the dictator). By preventing people from acting on their own judgments, totalitarian governments deprive individuals of their natural survival mechanisms by undermining the independent use of their minds. Being unwilling or unable to act on one's own judgment, the individual is controllable by others -- by the whims, wishes, and demands of neocheating "authorities".