There are a lot of external influences that we don’t recognize because they are subliminal yet pervasive. An example is fiat currency. The impacts of fiat currency are unknown, and most people alive today have no reference point to a time when there wasn’t fiat currency. In other words, most people cannot imagine a society without fiat currency, because at this point we can only read about those societies. The full impact of fiat currency is now unknown.
Fiat currency is just one example, there are tons of societal pressures that have become accepted and are not challenged. Just like Edward Lorenz’s Butterfly Effect, those pressures have massive impact yielding a society that loses it’s ability to live and think freely.
The principle is to become aware of accepted norms, influences, pressures, and patterns of thought so that a rational decision can be made regrading the benefit or detriment of “the way things have always been done.”
Read more: The Butterfly Effect