Small Perturbations: How They Break a Colonized Society.

If you want to break some society, you start with something small. You first break a norm, or an idea, a convention, or even a ritual in that society. You start breaking things that people are familiar with and are, kind-of, tired of anyway. Everybody gets excited when small things are broken. What is being broken, is what is being tested, and it is something that most people do not mind when broken in the first place.

That’s the inflection point. That’s the juncture at which such a society has to look into itself and ask if she is the kind of society who will keep going further, and further breaking things, beyond just the introduction of inflection points. Is the society willing to allow the breaking of more things? Will that society allow the breaking of even bigger things?

Sooner or later, as the society continues to introduce such inflection points, breaking little things, and then bigger things, curvature in space-time for that given culture is introduced, and the society becomes more willing to allow the breaking of the entire system that no one thought, hitherto, would be allowed by the society to be broken. That is the turning point for that society—away from the age-old value-system to something entirely different (and unknown).

In other words, once a society becomes used to the introduction of inflection points then the turning point of that society is inevitable. This is called nudging. A society can be nudged by strangers towards a turning point by introducing small, perhaps, even insignificant inflection points until that society is disrupted.

In Perturbation theory, colonizers of a culture, especially since colonizers are essentially a bunch of terrorists, do not wish to understand a culture, and they may break the culture of a colonized society by introducing small perturbations that decompose that colonized, target culture and its value system into (1) the familiar colonial culture and (2) the inchoate perturbative, indigenous parts. The resultant colonized or indigenous culture of the colonized people is no longer whole, but truncated.

For instance, in Ntoaboma, we know in general that children require some training and discipline from home. Yet, no child likes to be disciplined or even, no child likes to be tasked with particular duties for their own training. Some parents do not even like to discipline, let alone train, their own children to follow in the family traditions and to adhere to Ntoaboma culture. And so a colonizer can abuse this knowledge by breaking the idea and value-system of Ntoaboma about family discipline and training as a public institution.

The colonizer can introduce certain inflection points—such as break the idea that parents do not have the right to discipline their own children at home and that only teachers in the village, colonial, missionary school have the singular right to yank all children from their family homes from 7 in the morning to 3 in the afternoon in order to discipline and train them—as a way to test and invalidate the value-system about discipline and training for children in Ntoaboma society.

People in Ntoaboma may become excited about the breaking of the norm in such an insignificant way. In fact, they may even laugh at the idea of a colonial missionary school that now replaces the parents in training and in disciplining their own children. They may believe that this disruption in the value-system of Ntoaboma is not even permanent. They may even think that the nudging towards a turning point is surreal.

And that’s the entire goal of colonialism: disruption cannot occur until the society becomes numb to the breaking of such small things. The real disruption planned by the colonizer comes when the colonial, missionary school is now the official parents of the children in a society. Colonial missionary school becomes compulsory, and the school teachers can report parents to public authorities forcing these parents to comply with homework and the vaccination regiments imposed on the children by the colonial government.

Real perturbation occurs when the disruption is complete. Parents have been nudged to give up their wards to the colonial state; parents are now only baby-making employees of the colonial state; parents become disenfranchised and alienated from their own offspring and they are to report to the factory while their children are in the care of the neocolonial parents—the colonial missionary school, from 7 in the morning to 3 in the afternoon. All this, from a small break in the value-system of a society, but which over time and space accumulates to result in the complete disruption of a society’s social life, traditions, value-systems and even religion.

Colonialism is the full-spectrum dominance of colonized people by terrorists over time and space. Small cultural-value perturbations introduced by such terrorists as colonialists have the strange ability to result in storms that completely disrupt the entirety of the cultural value-systems of a colonized people. Beware of small perturbations. Beware of small breaks. Beware of those inflection points and beware of being nudged to rub against time-tested cultural value-systems of indigenous peoples.

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  1. A bit like how they have normalise body dysmorphia which is a mental illness into gender dysphoria where chemicals are introduced to suppress gender/sex formation in children. Should one try to offer an alternative view then they are labelled as phobic. Fkn neanderthals

    These days 5yr olds boys are suddenly very certain they want to be girls and their foolish parents encourage them. If you disagree you are viewed as a hateful person. Fkn neanderthals.

    In my own home town if you say you enjoy meditating in the forest alone then you must be worshiping demons but it’s ok for them to put their hopes and dreams in the hands of a non black being with some super power but can’t save millions of children starving and raped every year. Brainwashed idiots.

    • Nana Afia Serwaah Bonsu People have been so traumatized that they don’t seem to now know the difference between pure satanism and culture. It is pure satanism to introduce “chemicals are introduced to suppress gender/sex formation in children.” It is pure satanism for “5yr olds boys…” to be “certain they want to be girls and their foolish parents encourage them.” It is pure satanism to worship gods that are not in your own image.

      But trauma is a silly thing: most people have not dealt with their trauma. They still carry around European names and the grin from ear to ear like bastards with the tiresome excuse that “name are just names!” Why aren’t any Europeans called Kofi, Adzo or Ayitey? But most people who allow things to be broken in our societies are suffering varying degrees of trauma, which they are unwilling to treat. And so people allow things to be broken, small things, and then big things until we arrive at their weird primitive cultures of vandalism.

      Well said, Nana Afia Serwaah Bonsu!


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