Stalking Vol 2: The Bridge of Reason
withdrew her touch and added, "But thank you for letting me know where our accounts stand. By
the way, remember this word… zipper."
"You’re right. Forget it."
Without pause, she said, "We are going to discuss the construction of a personality, which
will help to explain the techniques we’re going to use to take yours apart when we get to that part
of your training."
"O ther than going through doorways?" I jested weakly.
"Whatever I need," she replied. "Here we go: beliefs are not sacred or immutable, as if we
are all-knowing at any given point in our lives. Their purpose is to create a particular approach—
the one we require to service our personal development. I know this sounds paradoxical, but
tearing them apart is not personal—making them personal is why it’s so difficult to change
beliefs that are merely agreements with circumstances that we want to represent us. So far?"
"What makes them personal is that we shape them through the three contributing
mechanisms that form our self- image." She took a breath to line up her ducks. "Self- importance
causes us to think we are the center of the Universe, so we are affronted at anything that
challenges our majesty or perceived subservience. We cannot overcome these challenges because
they are self-sustaining myths, so we fall into the warming arms of self-absorption where every
comment is about us, and then self- indulgently grasp for the illusionary prizes our cultures create
by aggrandizing useless things that we think better represent us. This process is energetically
exhausting, because the prizes are ever changing. Taken together, the beliefs we have hardened
through our self- image are, to us, immutable facts that we have defended since their inception;
we will literally fight to the death for them."
"That’s clear—all of it."
"Good, hold onto it as a background landscape." She swallowed quickly, and carried on
integrating previous points with her new lesson. "Everything the average person learns from the
moment of their birth until the moment of their death touches on the three core perceptual
agreements of humanity; root assumptions of physical existence, social and cultural
conformation, and the personality we have concluded is who we are. This trio forms a broader
harmony of consequences that is greater than the sum of its parts—a grand consensus as basic
everyone agreeing that a tree is a tree, and as pervasive as all of using reason to assess our
circumstances, without realizing this is how we have been conformed to perceive our world."
Her enunciation then conformed to the Queen’s English. "Stalkers call this master accord
the cognition of the average person, and from which the human personality can be objectively
categorized." She paused.
"As in definitively listing the elements you’ve talked about? Sure."
"No, as in crushing those myriad elements into basic categories."
"Are you saying we’re more alike than we’d care to admit?"
"You might put it that way," she grinned guardedly. "From the perspective of the Stalker's
cognition, there are only four personality types."
"Everyone falls into them?" I said, dubiously.