There’s a phrase I’m fond of saying here: “BACK IT UP OR IT’S BULLSHIT”.
I appreciate that it’s just easier to let other people think for you — especially where the Bigger Questions In Life are concerned. Where did ‘This’ all come from? Why are we here? What is the point?
‘Cos god’ is what Institutional Religion wants you to buy — and they hit you early and hard to make you buy. And, because they’re hitting you early, when you’re a kid, they know you have no capacity to fight back. Or ask a good question or two. Something that might stump them like: “What the hell are you TALKING about?”
Enter the ‘Mumbo Jumbo’… the ‘Ooga Booga’… The MAGICAL THINKING.
What happens when we die? Heaven. Proof of it’s existence? Don’t need proof — faith. Ah — and ‘faith’ in WHAT?
Faith in the Magic. Faith that ‘The Magic’ is real. Based on… nothing. Because there never was anything to back it up.
For a generation now — since Lee Atwater & Newt Gingrich & Karl Rove & everyone who ever worked in the Nixon White House declared open cultural war on Progressive America (AMERICA in other words), actual data to back up and justify their policy initiatives and the direction they wanted to take America were totally non-existent. But MAGICAL THINKING was suddenly available in abundance.
Liberated from having to actually BACK UP their claims, republicans and conservatives went hog wild — trickling down all kinds of bullshit on the heads of the American People. Bullshit is like a booby trapped toy dropped into a war zone. It looks so innocent when you pick it up — and then it ‘explodes’ inside your head. Coat the Truth in enough lies often enough and the lie begins to cover up the Truth completely.
The story of how marijuana was ‘illegalized’ in this country comes to mind. And while I’m at it, let me do a little cross pollenization —
Inevitably, Magical Thinkers legislate their Magical Thinking onto the rest of us. We find ourselves subjected to laws and rules that WE KNOW are based on bullshit. And we look around at each other and we wonder — how the hell did THE MAJORITY of Americans end up HERE — where BULLSHIT (Magical Thinking) gets taken seriously while The Truth gets tossed aside?
Bullshit — and those who deal in it — count on their bullshit causing confusion and disrupting logic.
Donald J Trump comes to mind, strangely…
Good thing the cure isn’t hard to find or take: Read. Learn. Analyze. Question. Back It Up.