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Peeling Away the Layers of Performative Social Mania

John Brodix Merryman Jr.
9 min readJan 8, 2023

There are angels and assholes in all creeds and colors.

The trick is to understand the roles they play.

In a lifetime of trying to make sense of human events, it long ago occurred to me there are basic patterns and processes running through all the details, so it seemed obvious that to make sense of all the infinite, myriad details, situations, motives, etc. the place to start would be studying those foundational dynamics.

My first effort was to look to philosophy. Yet it seemed much of what is considered professional, academic philosophy is every bit as muddled and obscure as the surface factors it presumed to explain.

The next step was physics. Now even its practitioners would describe the field as obscure and difficult, but given our modern technological world, at least it would have to give me some insight into the reality.

What I’ve come to realize is even modern theoretical physics has its own conceptual flaws.

The most important and informative error is how time is conceived.

As mobile organisms, this sentient interface our body has with its situation functions as a sequence of perceptions, in order to navigate, so our experience of time is as the point of the present, moving past to future…