There are two primary urges inside us all (leaving out reproduction):
The need to believe that a supreme being is looking out for you and will give you life after your body dies. Curiosity. We begin asking why just after we learn to talk and in most cases our desire to learn never goes away.
A natural conflict […]
There are two primary urges inside us all (leaving out reproduction):
- The need to believe that a supreme being is looking out for you and will give you life after your body dies.
- Curiosity. We begin asking why just after we learn to talk and in most cases our desire to learn never goes away.
A natural conflict arises when you apply #2 to #1. Curiosity is satisfied by logic and evidence. Religion provides neither. If you want to retain your faith then you must suppress your need-to-know and accept the word of superior earthlings who apparently know that God exists and what he thinks. Genesis anticipated this problem by telling us that knowledge leads to sin and (presumably) hell-fire.
Smartphones now provide their users with an instant fact check and that is a problem for religion. History corroborates none of the (important parts of the) bible and the evidence for satanic theories like evolution are all over the web. That’s why young smart phone addicts are declaring themselves to be agnostic at a record pace.
The same situation arises when a loyal political party member hears a candidate announce something like “vaccines cause autism” or Planned Parenthood is auctioning off fetus limbs while it kicks and screams on a delivery table. The faith based crowd cheer them on. The dwindling curious ones can’t help but take a look at their phones. Since the Republican party purged its intellectual wing and replaced it with entertainers, they have attracted older, less inquisitive types. The higher IQ crowd (and millennials) must work harder and harder to suppress their knowledge. Don’t read that article explaining how awful a job Carly did at HP. Look away when you hear Ben Carson say that Darwin invented evolution because he was possessed by the devil.
We must hear more and more that candidates can be good presidents even if they are stupid, crazy and deluded. Don’t worry, they’ll choose good advisers – right? After all Ronnie had Alzheimer’s and it turned out OK.
The educated members of the Republican party are being cast aside in favor of the political true believers who have no capacity or desire to know facts. Rush Limbaugh teaches them everyday that eggheads/intellectuals are evil just like they are told in church that atheists are agents of the devil. The parallel makes such a meme easy to spread. Maybe it was inevitable that we get a party for the agnostics and a a party of God. Since the Republican party emphasized social conservatism over economic conservatism their new members couldn’t care less about libertarianism. Things must be black and white like Jesus vs. the devil and Trump verses criminal Mexican immigrants. For them the government isn’t just too big – it’s evil and must be closed altogether. The more you construct every issue as a Manichean choice, the more it resonates.
Political insiders like Jeb Bush are a mystery to these voters. He seems to have compromised at times – such people must be cast out! The screaming throng shouts him down and turns to someone they understand -Ted Cruz, who has no idea what compromise is. Is this a show or a real process where we choose leaders? I have lost my guidebook and I don’t know when the party swoops in and removes the zealots so it can nominate someone like Mitt Romney.
That’s how this all ends, doesn’t it?
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The stock market mess started when China decided to devalue its currency by a paltry 3%. The panic that followed has apparently stopped them from doing more, if they ever had more in mind. Their stock market (if we can call it that) has fallen by 42% after rising spectacularly over the preceding year. That “market” is […]Continue reading →
Yes it’s self evident that Donald will be gone soon. Everything he does and says just makes it more obvious that he is not a serious candidate. It will be sad when he’s gone because then we’ll back to the same morbid crowd repeating how much they prefer to save the life of a fetus over […]Continue reading →
Test Question: Can you name one Asian country that relies on domestic demand to fuel its growth?
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Yesterday Jeb Bush proclaimed that he would, if elected, send troops to Ukraine to attack or fend off Russian incursions. Ukraine is that lovely corrupt bankrupt state that Germany has said it would never support either militarily or economically. Russian aggression should mean more to Germany than us – right?
Marco Rubio has said he […]Continue reading →
The list of Republican candidates is growing almost every day. There are 10 people on offer so far with more to come. We have two extreme Christians (as if even one ever had a chance), a retired forgotten former NY governor, a failed business executive, a brainless neuroscientist and a brother who needs no introduction. […]Continue reading →
In this world of hostile partisan dysfunction, a President can’t get much done. The one area he is (normally) left alone in is international relations. He and his minions can negotiate peace treaties, arms reductions, trade pacts. The general rule is that everyone accepts that any new treaty or pact must be a good thing. […]Continue reading →
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