The Dutch are not aware of the situation they are in: the Stanford prison experiment

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In 1971, Philip Zimbardo conducted a prison experiment in the basement of Stanford University in California. Interestingly enough, he later wrote a book about this with the title "the Lucifer effect". In my articles I have frequently pointed out that the history en symbolism point out that we are in one Luciferian simulation live (perceive / play). That may be a first reason for the new reader to drop out, but I still recommend to continue reading, because I want to show how our society has many characteristics that we can find in this Standford (/ Zimbardo) prison experiment. You can read the articles under those links again later.

The Zimbardo experiment shows how fake prison guards devised more and stricter rules within a few days to make rebellious fake prisoners obey; completely losing sight of humanity. In this experiment, both prisoners and guards were students who had been physically and psychologically examined beforehand. The experiment summary below may not be the exact description of the experiment, but it provides a reasonable summary. In this VPRO interview you can hear what Philip Zimbardo himself has to say about the experiment.

It is important to note that Zimbardo himself was also present during the experiment and, like the voluntary keepers, began to show sadistic tendencies. In fact, the experiment comes down to the fact that when prisoners feel treated inhumanly, prison guards try to perform their duties “even better,” by taking even more freedom-depriving measures, so that successful execution of their duties is not compromised. On day 2, the fake prisoners started to revolt, because their approached situation started to have some effect psychologically. However, the fake guards took their task seriously and it was soon forgotten that it was an experiment. On day two, the guards began spraying fake prisoners with fire extinguishers to keep them under control and then lock them up in cupboards that were just spacious enough to stand. Take a look at the summary of the experiment below.

The reason that I cite this experiment is because I believe that a comparison can be made on a larger social scale, whereby we can roughly divide society into two groups:

  1. The creators, implementers and inspectors of rules that seem to be intended to keep things going smoothly in society, but in most cases are experienced as restrictive of freedom
  2. The working class that must comply with the laws and regulations and pay taxes

That may be a bit too strict or black and white separation in your eyes, but in fact there are more and more people working for 'the system' (group 1). The state comes up with laws and rules and more and more people are organizing the introduction, implementation and monitoring of those laws and rules. Well you will say:Yes, but laws and rules are necessary for a country to function properly and cannot be compared to a prison experiment, because we do not live in a prison". Then I would like to point out to you that the fake guards in the Zimbardo experiment were also not empathetic to their prisoners and also found it entirely justified that they devised more and stricter rules (to subsequently lose sight of humanity). That said, you may still find that society cannot be compared to a prison, but then I ask you whether you have really looked around you.

Count the number of cars with a roof full of cameras that you see driving around in your city or town. Count the number of scooters with cameras on the back. Count the number of cameras that you see hanging in an average shopping street or on a highway. Count the number of BOAs, police officers and other inspectors that you see walking or driving on 1 day. Count the number of collection agencies, bailiffs offices, inspection services, municipality inspectors, etc., within a radius of 25 kilometers from your home. Count the number of people in your immediate environment who work in “care” (such as youth care), which is actually such an institution where children are actually locked up and often even abused (see my undercover recording). Count the number of people in your immediate area who work in mental health care ("care"), where people are actually kept in a cell, under medication and observation. All these people, just like the prison guards from the experiment below, find it completely legitimate what they should do and are primarily concerned with defending their own position and income. Often they are also neatly married and have a family of their own. Perhaps you yourself belong to this group.

The more people who work on the guards' side, the more the general consensus will be that people will defend each other's work, position and behavior. When people have put their humanity overboard because they have to do their work and experience the behavior of the other as rebellious and annoying, we actually secretly see the behavior of the Stanford experiment in many facets of society. Do you recognize yourself in this?

Take a step back and regain your humanity and lay down your duties. Only then can this downward spiral be stopped in society. Even if you are only a bailiff and you have to evict families; even if you are only BOA and generate parking vouchers with your camera scooter; even if you are a youth care worker and lock up children in their room because "that is good for them"; also if you are a care worker in a retirement home and put the elderly behind a door with a pin code because “they will otherwise walk away”; even if you are a GGZ employee and you keep confused people in an isolation cell and put them full of medication because "they will go crazy". Take a look at the Zimbardo Stanford experiment and realize again that the insanity may be a consequence of the system of laws and rules that something too much has gone wrong and has created a prison without tangible bars.

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  1. SalmonInClick wrote:

    My experience shows that most people can't care about it until they are right in the middle of it and only then realize how bad things are. The "You will only see it when you realize it" applies to the vast majority of the Madurodam residents, who are antsy but not able to cover the whole. That is why Madurodam will always remain small, depending on the usual suspects that orchestrate the whole like a flea circus. Until then the self-centered adage "After me the flood" applies ...

    • SandinG wrote:

      hahaha idd that yes, rigged and stretched in front of the cart, she is always looking for working and decorative horses and folk drivers in Madurodam.

      with pleasure Mennen

  2. Sun wrote:

    Watched Twitter from Jacolien and I notice that she is constantly talking about 'jesus'. For the record there is no evidence to date that he existed !!!
    Why the propaganda for 'jesus'? What can be behind this? Boys from the script want to promote 'jesus'? Is the irony correct?
    I also find Jacolien very searching the media and very businesslike about her sister and writing as it is true. As if she has a menu, a procedure, that's how it comes to me. In her situation I would not visit all those media. This raises questions.

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