Nothing is “Stupid” ALL Behavior Flows from Logic
Has our culture completely lost its mind? Rush Limbaugh, Shawn Hannity, et al, make a living pointing out the absurdity and irrational logic of the “looney left.” I have all but ceased listening to a lot of these programs because they beat the mere symptoms of the real problem like a never-ending Whack-A-Mole game. The different colors and mole versions of the gaming machines all flow from moleism.
The core logic drives everything; i.e., presuppositions concerning mankind. Man is either able or unable. Man is created with an individual ability to discern reality or he isn’t. This is where people miss it: at the core of this question is whether man can discern reality itself; not practical truth. When reality is the question, practical commonsense observation is neither here nor there.
We have all screamed at the TV during a political speech proclaiming, “Do they think we are stupid?” Barack Obama continually states things that are glaringly opposite from what is happening with a straight face and without batting an eyelash. He doesn’t think you are stupid; he thinks you are unable to properly discern reality. What you think you perceive couldn’t be the truth because you are not an elitist, and how dare you question those destined to lead the great unwashed away from ignorant self-destruction?
Farfetched? Think about the things he has said. “You didn’t build that.” Really? Is this not a complete dismissal of individual ability? You only think you built that, but that’s not reality. You are completely full of yourself, and robbed others of their fair share to enrich yourself. But don’t miss the main point here: Obama is a microcosm of this core issue that transcends history, religion, and the future of mankind.
The Bible has much to say about this issue. Ever heard of the Tower of Babel? Ironically, religion has always been the standard-bearer of the following idea:
Man is totally depraved and unable to discern reality.
Therefore, elitists must guide the great unwashed away from self-annihilation.
If the great unwashed refuse to follow, they must be forced to obey against their will for their own good and the preservation of mankind.
Wars are the necessary result of competing elitists who fancy themselves as having the best wisdom for saving mankind. Of course, there will always be those who just want to conquer other nations to gain a spoil and use said philosophy for an excuse to do so.
In contrast, we read this in the 11th chapter of Genesis:
6 And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.” 8 So the Lord dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. 9 Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth. And from there the Lord dispersed them over the face of all the earth.
Even though in this case man’s ability was being utilized for evil, the ability of mankind is plainly stated in this chapter. How can religion therefore get away with the Total Inability of Man doctrine despite the plain sense of biblical grammar? Again, it’s a case of truth being under the authority of elitists supposedly gifted (a source of your preference) with knowing reality. How dare you think for yourself and assume the text says what it plainly states oh arrogant one!
The primary tool for gaining control of the masses is condemnation. You are a totally depraved individual; therefore, you must put yourself under the authority of “godly/wise” elitists. It is interesting to note that biblically speaking the essence of sin itself is a lust/desire to control others. The best way to control someone is to rob them of self-esteem, self-confidence, and dignity. Being unworthy and shamed, they are now putty in the hands of tyranny. Do you see much condemnation in the present American political climate? That’s what it is all about; you are a fill in the blank-phobe and therefore should humbly put yourself under the submission of an elitists who doesn’t fear fill in the blank due to their infinite wisdom. It has been said that Obama was elected because of white guilt; I buy into that totally. Because we are all racist, we dare not oppose a black president and add to our shame. The same mode of operation was attempted in the past election regarding gender but the failed polices of Obama trumped what would have ordinarily worked. Also note that black conservatives are not really black. Even skin color has been redefined according to the collectivist worldview. If you really understood reality you would understand that black isn’t always black.
What compels the masses to buy into this? Probably fear of self-governing and finding comfort in the mommy-state. Behind all the absurd arguments is a fundamental fear that we will be without an elitist protector. It is interesting to note what the comedian Louis C.K. recently stated on the Conan O’Brien show. Speaking about Hillary Clinton and the past election:
I’d take her over anybody. To me, it’s really exciting to have the first mother in the White House. It’s not about the first woman, it’s about the first mom. Because a mother just does it. She feeds you and teaches you, protects you. She takes care of sh*t.
Don’t underestimate this mentality as a principle shared by those who fear individual ability. The question of individualism versus collectivism drives nearly everything we experience in history, religion, and politics.