The Principle of Collective Suicide

Tit-for-Tat Extinction

Jonestown, 1978. A total of 909 cult members committed suicide. Nearly a quarter were children who were poisoned by their own parents. The image reminisces of beached dolphins.

Why do people take poison they know they don’t need? People overestimate their ability to deal with certain (unnecessary) medical treatments while they undervalue other people’s ability to do so. In effect, every person who drinks from the cup believes it will somehow benefit them even if it is hurting others. It means people don’t take the poison for the benefit of the public — they take it secretly hoping to watch everyone else die off.

Of course, I’m referring to our present-day SARS-vaccination cult. I call this phenomenon tit-for-tat extinction. Or in laymens’ terms: “I’ll take the tit you’re having but secretly I hope you die of tat.” This powerful principle is driving anything from collective suicide to civilizational collapse. It is so powerful because each person taking part in the cult of extinction thinks they are going to survive and only others will get hurt.

This isn’t so. The game endures until almost every individual has collapsed from self-sabotage because no one tells them to stop. In a game of tit-for-tat extinction, people keep playing as long as they falsely believe they are winning. In practice, they are all committing suicide, slowly, despite the self-reinforcing illusion they are beating others.

What we have come to call society, then, has nothing to do with altruism or the love of strangers. Society has everything to do with people wanting to get ahead of others while pretending not to desire such power. By sheepishly pretending not to want wealth and power, participants of society believe they are going to win and, eventually, leave their neighbors behind.

In practice, all people tend to lose to the controllers of the game (e.g., all gamblers eventually lose to the bank). Again, this is because people overestimate their own ability to win games and underestimate other people’s ability to do so. We think of ourselves as better than the rest, but since everyone else thinks the same way, we collectively get stuck in a negative system that pretends to exist for the benefit of all.

The controllers know better. By controllers, I mean the judges, the juries, and the executioners, or in another sense, the politicians, the journalists, and the doctors. They are the cult leaders of society who predetermine the outcome of the game for everyone else. If the cult leader wishes to cull his flock, he feeds its members poison. Every member to himself thinks, “It won’t kill me. I’ll be fine.” So doing, mostly everyone takes the hit, and nearly everyone dies.

The true, subconscious lure of partaking in some act of collective self-destruction is that there are actual survivors. The stories these survivors tell us become memes, and the memes becomes reality. We begin to identify with the survivors. This reinforces the belief in our ability to survive a cataclysm, even man-made ones. You see, some people really do survive when everyone else dies off — we could be it!

Still, there is hope. If we pay attention to why and how certain people survived collective suicide, we may learn the right lessons and prevent our own extinction. At the Jonestown mass suicide of November 1978, for example, two people present actually got away alive:

Grover Davis, 79, who was hearing-impaired, missed the announcement to assemble on the loudspeaker, laid down in a ditch and pretended to be dead. Hyacinth Thrash, 76, realized what was happening and crawled under her bed, only to walk out after the suicides were completed.

The disobedient were the only two survivors! (Three others, cult leaders, also escaped the suicide because they were given an assignment elsewhere and, therefore, weren’t present when the massacre started.)

This, then, is the most important message to anyone struggling with society. If you want live, you must disobey. Stop identifying yourself with society’s heroes. Start identifying yourself with society’s outcasts. The outcasts, unaware of the rules, will never follow them, and, therefore, they will survive.


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