People think what other people think. Public opinion guides most people through their mental lives, and that leaves most people victims of the whims of the wicked and the wiles of the weird. Public opinion is a daemon that destroys lives without a thought at all. And yet we are nearly all susceptible to it, most not even aware that it devours us whole as we try to live lives of freedom and independence. We mostly do not have the time to think for ourselves. More than most people in history, we who are free to think for ourselves haven't got the ability to do so because we are too busy, and there is too much information to cope with even if we have many lifetimes. Rather than fret we lend ourselves to experts and authorities to tell us what is true and real. We depend on our intelligentsia. When they are dishonest, we are duped and helpless.
Below there are some quotations to clarify some of what goes wrong when we can't think for ourselves and when those who do so for us lie to us.
Orwell sums it up nicely, our modern time, in 1984. He describes our politically correct nightmare thus:
"Crime Stop means the faculty of stopping short, as though by instinct, at the threshold of any dangerous thought. It includes the power of not grasping analogies, of failing to perceive logical errors, of misunderstanding the simplest arguments... and of being bored and repelled by any train of thought which is capable of leading in a heretical direction. Crime Stop, in short, means protective stupidity."
How many times have we stood in amazement as people say that "Islam means peace"? Why would people say such? We know ours is a world in which there is far too much information and far too little sense. We have the means to find out if we so choose, but the time is dear, the effort is exhausting, and there is the fear that if we do know things as they are in reality we will offend many who cling to the norm as given to them by the experts. We stop in mid-thought and say nothing but pleasant nothings in response to evil rubbish. what we say is too often sensibly stupid but politically correct. We have developed a trait across the Western World of being ridiculous. Not just the average busy person, even-- especially our intelligentsia:
"Absence of intelligent thinking in rulership is another of the universals and raises the question whether in modern states there is something about political and bureaucratic life that subdues the functioning of intellect in favor of 'working the levers' without regard to rational expectations. This would seem to be an on-going prospect."
Barbara Tuchman, March of Folly.
We meet on Thursday evenings in Vancouver, Canada at the public library in the atrium from 7-9:00 pm to discuss the nature of our societies and and our cultures and the nature of things regarding our lives as public beings. We discuss ways of restoring to common sense and basic reality our governments and societies. We have no illusions that we will do so alone or even as a large group. Our expectation is that by meeting publicly and by speaking in public about the tabu subjects of jihad and Left dhimmi fascism that we might give others the courage to speak openly about these concerns as well. For all of our business and our following of the masters of public opinion we aren't quite as stupid as the intelligentsia would believe. In fact, most people are quite well able to think for themselves and to arrive at reasonable solutions to problems all by themselves. And therein lies the problem. They arrive at sense alone and find themselves afraid to speak out due to pressures to conform to the public norms as they think they exist. People stop in mid-thought, fearing to continue to the conclusions they would arrive at if they pursued the inquiry of sense into Islam and Left fascism. And the rulership of our nations churn on and on mindlessly, the magicians at the top of that particular heap merely cranking the levers over and again. We meet to say "Hey, it's worthless and stupid and wrong, and we say so out loud in public." It is a terrifying thing for those who hear us.
The following three quotations come from a commentator at TCS, a weekday blog linked below. Each is a variation on the theme above. They are fun to read, and perhaps they'll make so plain the ideas of the wrong-headedness of conformity to the unquestioned norm that you will laugh out loud when some simpering dhimmi next time claims you are islamophobic or racist or what have you.
"All of us necessarily hold many casual opinions that are ludicrously wrong simply because life is far too short for us to think through even a small fraction of the topics that we come across." -- Julian Simon
"In religion and politics people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing." -- Autobiography of Mark Twain by Samuel Clemens
"It is amazing how many people think that they can answer an argument by attributing bad motives to those who disagree with them. Using this kind of reasoning, you can believe or not believe anything about anything, without having to bother to deal with facts or logic." -- Thomas Sowell
No Subject by RickGaber
It's a sad fact that many people feel that it is too rude to contradict others. They suffer in silence and endure the most idiotic rubbish on Earth. We listen to fools claim that Palestinians are worth our time to think about them. We endure all kinds of crap regarding savages who murder and maim in the name of Islam, and we think we must remain silent because it seems to be the consensus that Muslims are victims of our energies. Oh, screw them. Muslims are garbage people destroyed by a fascist poligion to the point they're barely Human at all. The suffering of the Palestinian! People! makes me gag. Let them starve to death till there are no more of them. Who cares? And I say so in public. It's mean and unfair, and I don't care any more. Think about it. Why should anyone give a damn about those savages? Why would the Corrie family indulge their creepy little daughter to the point of sending her off to die in a dump? Let's be honest and say the Palestinians are trash people. Public opinion has elevated the Palestinians to the state of near sainthood. I don't care what most people think. We are free to think after examining the facts we have, and the facts are clear to anyone who isn't afraid to think them through. I've thought about it. Fuck the Palestinians. Fuck the Muslims.
I might be wrong about the worthlessness of Muslims in general. Maybe diversity is a good thing and the Palestinians are all victims of my evil ways. If so I'll sit at the library and listen to anyone who cares to discuss honestly the points on which I'm wrong. But if I'm not convinced that I am wrong I will continue to say in public that the Muslim world is garbage and that the poilgion of Islam is filth. One way or the other, honest thinkers are invited to join us at VPL Thursday evening in the atrium from 7-9pm.