Inability to recognize irrationality

Inability to recognize irrationality

The inability of the Chinese people to recognize irrationality cannot be explained adequately by a lack of education, common sense or approriately civilized behavior. It is now obvious that their inability to recognize irrationality and irrational behavior is due to a generalized lack of mental comprehension. It is a lack of psychosocial cognition. It is a psychological illness. The People’s Daily commentary of November 28, 2013, called it “spiritual illness”.

November 30, 2013, Jinghua Times: A 21-member Chinese mainland tour group led by a female tour guide named Li arrived by Cathay Pacific flight CX511 777-300 from Fukuoka, Japan, in Taipei on its way to Hong Kong on November 29, 2013. The Chinese mainland tour group was originally scheduled to fly out of Fukuoka on Cathay Pacific flight CX403 at 0920 hours that morning but because of mechanical trouble, the group was placed on the afternoon Cathay Pacific flight CX511 from Fukuoka via Taipei to Hong Kong.

After arriving in Taipei, the Chinese mainland tour guide began arguing with a Cathay Pacific stewardess seeking immediate monetary compensation for the delay out of Fukuoka. An argument ensued and the tour guide physically attacked the stewardness, breaking the stewardess’ nail. The pilot was unable to calm the situation so he called the local airport security and the Chinese mainland tour guide was escorted off the plane. The tour group then stood up in an uproar and walked off the plane. Later, the Chinese mainland tour group was placed on board Evergreen Airlines flight BR716 that left at 1642 hours from Taipei on a direct flight to Beijing, arriving in Beijing’s capital airport at 1932 hours.

The CX511 flight which was scheduled to leave Taipai at 1305 hours was delayed until 1504 hours and it arrived at its original destination in Hong Kong at 1647 hours. The delay was due to the disruption in Taipei.

Several facts of this incident point to a generalized mental inability to recognize irrationality.

First, the request by the tour guide for immediate compensation for the delay out of Fukuoka is irrational.

Second, the brutish and uncivilized behavior of the tour guide, getting into a cat fight with the Cathay Pacific stewardess and breaking her nail, is irrational behavior.

Third, the failure to recognize that the stewardess is not responsible for the delay out of Fukuoka is irrational thinking.

Fourth, the failure to realize that making the request for immediate compensation, seeking out the stewardess to make the demand on board a flight that was about to take off, the failure to recognize that any such action will delay the flight and will inconvenience the other passangers on board is a lack of rational thinking.

Fifth, the uproar of the entire tour group, the disembarcation, cutting short their scheduled tour of Hong Kong, perhaps in protest, yet, failing to recognize that the group has absolutely no right to protest on board the aircraft, is irrational behavior.

Sixth, By disembarking the Cathay Pacific flight, Evergreen Air, perhaps out of good will, had to provide 21 seats for the revolting tour group on a flight to Beijing. The members of the tour group failed to realize that their irrational behavior has caused others to have to accommodate them.

All of these facts describe an inability to recognize irrationality, a lack of common sense, and a lack of mature, appropriate and civilized behavior.

Irrational decisions and irrational behavior are commonly observed among psychotics and psychopaths, and among those who act out their antisocial feelings with irrationally aggressive hebavior.

They are not seen as generalized mass behavior of supposedly sane people and those who supposedly can think straight and rationally most of the time.

Psychosocially, it could be extreme egocentrism. But the inability to recognize irrationality and irrational behavior cannot be explained even by extreme egocentrism. People can be extremely egocentric and selfish and act without concern for others. But to self righteously make unreasonable demands and to resort to violent behavior are not usually seen even among extremely selfish and egoistic people. In civilized society, these are abnormal psychosocial behavior. Yet, they are pervasive among the Chinese mainland people and Chinese mainland tourists.

One comes to the conclusion that this pervasive inability to recognize irrationality must come from the general social culture on the Chinese mainland, and that in civil society, this inability to recognize irrationality is psychosocially abnormal.

Unwillingness to recognize irrationality is common among those who practice extreme Islamic fundamentalism. I would include the banning of Malala’s book in Pakistani schools, not allowing women to drive in Saudi Arabia, the belief against girls going to school and getting an education, etc., which are all based on irrational religious dogma, as manifestations of an unwillingness to recognize irrationality.

However, the inability of the Chinese people to recognize irrationality is not unwillingness based on any kind of belief dogma. It seems to be an innate irrationally emotional reaction based on an egocentric sense of being victimized regardless of circumstance or rational cause.

In other words, demanding immediate monetary compensation is the irrational emotional reaction. The flight delay is the victimization, and the mechanical trouble is the rational cause of the delay or “victimization”. Arguing and physically fighting with the stewardess is an irrationally emotional reaction. The disembarcation by the group in an uproar is an irrationally emotional reaction. Failure to recognize this irrational reaction and the insensitivity to the inconvenience and the extra accommodation that were made on behalf of the group show extremely insensitive egocentrism.

In civil society, such unreasonableness, irrational mentality and irrational behavior are psychosocially abnormal. It is a psychosocially sick mentality.

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