One-upmanship is the attempt
to use a conversation, judgement, or social situation
to extract a brief feeling of being
mentally quicker than someone else.
Those who act primarily out of Warrior Instinct are constantly engaged in one-upmanship.
How It Works -
One-upmanship can take many forms and most of them are so small, and fly past so quickly that those who are being 'upped' don't even realize its happening. It can be a simple passing comment from a neighbor, "Shouldn't you be trimming that other tree first?"
For the Warrior it is a slow steady morphine drip of instances where they try to feel like they are mentally quicker than someone else.
The only reason
you would need to subconsciously do this
is to compensate for an awareness
that you are actually mentally slower than other people.
These people are medicating themselves with their own behavior.
They are addicted to one-upmanship.
If you call them on their behavior they will become defensive and angry.
Attaching emotional content to a logistical situation is one clear indication
that someone is protecting themselves from becoming aware of their instinctive behavior.
Fair And Balanced -
One of the more dramatic attempts at one-upmanship is the proliferation of "Fake News". These are television and radio programs that feature presenters that are acting primarily out of Warrior Instinct, giving their opinions about recent news items.
The basis of the stories they present is that whoever they are talking about isn't thinking or acting the way that the presenter believes they should be thinking or acting.
These 'Fake news' programs don't report news stories,
they report their own personal opinions about other peoples behavior.
Those who act primarily out of Warrior Instinct will distort news stories to protect their delusions that they are right and other people are wrong. The need to lie and distort comes from the realization that no matter how many 'news stories' they produce about a specific person and their behavior, they have no effect in changing that person's behavior.
This puts the presenter into a progressive loop of ever increasing negative judgements, and the use of more and more progressively damning labels, (communist, Nazi, devil worship, etc) to try to extract a brief feeling that they are mentally quicker than the person they are talking about. But, these feelings of one-upmanship are only momentary as they make their negative judgements, and so, must be repeated often to keep the feeling going.
These 'news programs' are very popular with others who act primarily out of Warrior Instinct because it helps them to protect themselves from becoming aware of the true nature of their own instinctive behavior. It protects their denial.
is born out of our addiction
Anyone can make up a fake news story, or a meme, and splash it all over Facebook. If the actual news isn't what they want it to be, then they simply make up their own news. Because they cannot admit that they are wrong.
This is a desperate, but common practice, by people who are addidcted to one-upmanship. If reality is making them look like they are not mentally quicker than other people, then they just make up their own reality, and try to force it onto the people around them.
There are specific words
that describe this behavior:
Not too long ago these people would have been taken off the streets, and placed in mental hospitals, because they would have be seen as threats to public safety.
Now, we give them television shows, and elect them to public office.
Because we closed mental health facilities, because the government didn't want to have to pay to take care of these people. And we forbid the use of the word 'retardation' because we didn't want to hurt the feelings of these people.
And now, we are feeling the consequenses of that behavior.
Foreign Relations -
One-upmanship is often the driving force in our governments.
Elected officials can believe that they are mentally quicker than those whom they represent.
Many laws are written specifically to try to force people to change their behavior.
One-upmanship is also the basis of our foreign policy. How many times has a country threatened, attacked or invaded another country in order to force the people in that other country to change the way they think and act?
Citizens of some countries often remark that their country is the greatest in the world. And if you question them as to exactly in what way their country is better than any other country, they will reply, "In ALL ways." This is the desperate boasting of someone who is in need of a feeling of one-upmanship.
Their boasts are empty because there is no universal benchmark for determining which country is 'the greatest'. One country may excel in one specific area and another in another area, but there is no country that excels in all areas. This doesn't matter however to the boaster, because they are getting their brief feeling of one-upmanship just by uttering the boast.
One-upmanship has become an institutionalized international policy.
The whole concept of the G8 is based on the assumption that the leaders of a few nations believe that they know better than the leaders of other nations how those nations should be run. It is presented as being 'helpful', but in reality it is an insult to the people of those other nations. It is insulting because the assumption is that those people don't know how to manage their own country.
This assumption is being made by member nations of the G8 that have huge internal debt, are taking away their own freedoms because they have inspired terrorism against themselves, and have broken dysfunctional governments.
Essentially, the members of the G8
cannot manage their own countries
and yet their leaders truly believe
that they know how to manage someone else's country.
This is an enormously delusional and destructive use of one-upmanship on a global level.
Whether it's one person to another person, or one country to another, the behavior is identical.
Countries are invaded,
sanctions are imposed,
trade is restricted,
warfare is threatened and carried out,
and thousands of people lose their possessions, their homes and their lives.
All of this is done
to satisfy the needs of a small group of humans
so they can feel a brief feeling
of being mentally quicker than someone else.
Engaging in one-upmanship creates conflict. From the minor annoyances of people who think they know better than you, to justifying the genocide of thousands.
All of this conflict is created by less than 1% of the species.