Times are tough for dreamers and peace-seekers and everyone trying to protect their rationale from the pandemic of cognitive biases that swindle away civility from the civilian and mislead the people to irrelevant conclusions while chanting the slogans with which they’ve been indoctrinated.
Happenings everywhere are not addressed for what they are, but for the caricatures made of them. And our attitudes are an extension of our moral reasoning: how we think the world ought to be. Feelings come first and we do what we can to find supporting premises to defend those feelings. And, policymakers and power-seekers understand this. They manipulate your feelings and then they feed you with a catchphrase to understand it. Why would an overwhelming number of Americans rally behind politicians that work solely in the interest of the lobbies that fund them? Ask them. They’ll reply with catchphrases like “trickle-down wealth” and “you didn’t build that” and “What would Reagan do?” and “47 percent” and “are you better off than you were four years ago” and “the terrorists have won” and “Sharia Law is infiltrating America!” and “death panel” and “We are the 99%” and “the whole world is watching” and “main street, not wall street” – not realizing that these aren’t policies, they’re advertising slogans.
How awfully disenchanting this subject is, I know. But, the least I can do to address the horrific massacre of besieged and powerless people is to comment on the tragedy that is basic human logic. A well-dressed, well-spoken, well-educated, well-fed version of Voldemort sloppily assembles a handful of elementary catchphrases (i.e.: “right to defend,” “human shield”) that require no effort to dispute and act as the offensively weak defense of disparate aggression and the perpetuation of civil hatred.
What society is served by the domestic degradation of any of its population? One cannot really understand an antagonist until one understands why he’s a protagonist in his own version of the world.
Anyway, here’s to hoping the experts (Susan Miller) predict a happy tomorrow for all.