Be prepared to get your stupid on. The Atlantic discusses the trends and changes that have occurred in America.
The facts presented might surprise you. I do recommend you find the time to read this article all the way through. There are some real nuggets of observable truth in there. I don’t agree with a few of the statements of facts made, but the rest is spot-on.
Much more than the other billion or so people in the developed world, we Americans believe—really believe—in the supernatural and the miraculous, in Satan on Earth, in reports of recent trips to and from heaven, and in a story of life’s instantaneous creation several thousand years ago.
We believe that the government and its co-conspirators are hiding all sorts of monstrous and shocking truths from us, concerning assassinations, extraterrestrials, the genesis of aids, the 9/11 attacks, the dangers of vaccines, and so much more.
And this was all true before we became familiar with the terms post-factual and post-truth, before we elected a president with an astoundingly open mind about conspiracy theories, what’s true and what’s false, the nature of reality.
I’ve often used the word mainstream (media) to identify the constant levels of propaganda, dishonesty and infotainment. They are indeed “at fault”, but they are not the source of stupidity, they are the enablers.
The word mainstream has recently become a pejorative, shorthand for bias, lies, oppression by the elites. Yet the institutions and forces that once kept us from indulging the flagrantly untrue or absurd—media, academia, government, corporate America, professional associations, respectable opinion in the aggregate—have enabled and encouraged every species of fantasy over the past few decades.
Of course, this has all had a tremendous effect upon our culture and country, and even our standing in the world. But it’s much, much more then prestige or respect, it’s even caused two wars (at least) as religious stupidity and arrogance won over reason, truth, and doing the right thing.
Our whole social environment and each of its overlapping parts—cultural, religious, political, intellectual, psychological—have become conducive to spectacular fallacy and truthiness and make-believe. There are many slippery slopes, leading in various directions to other exciting nonsense. During the past several decades, those naturally slippery slopes have been turned into a colossal and permanent complex of interconnected, crisscrossing bobsled tracks, which Donald Trump slid down right into the White House.
And now another madman has his fingers on the nuclear trigger — and he’s enraging yet another madman whom the world doesn’t trust either. Not a good situation, but it is one that has been rooted in our collective stupidity and fantasy, the stupidstitions of the religious forces that have taken over the minds of millions — including the President.
I can’t be the only one who has noticed this. The non-reality based worldviews and opinions, and therefore actions of millions of people have led America down something far worse then the rabbit hole of Wonderland, ie., the “full Fantasyland” of the religiously indoctrinated who actually long a nuclear holocaust and a sea of melted glass.
Before the internet, crackpots were mostly isolated, and surely had a harder time remaining convinced of their alternate realities. Now their devoutly believed opinions are all over the airwaves and the web, just like actual news. Now all of the fantasies look real.
Both my wife and I have spent too much time reviewing these fantasies – and what is supposedly believed. You don’t have to look far, just read the comments on any article for starters. The country is infected with stupidstitious idiots, a virtual plague of brain-dead zombies shuffling us all towards the abyss. Voices of truth and reason are noticeably absent. The fantasies don’t look real (not to me), but they’re all over the place. It’s become incredibly painful to attempt to even find intelligent life, anywhere.
In other words: Mix epic individualism with extreme religion; mix show business with everything else; let all that ferment for a few centuries; then run it through the anything-goes ’60s and the internet age. The result is the America we inhabit today, with reality and fantasy weirdly and dangerously blurred and commingled.
It would be unfair for me to say much more — read the article (all of it because you’ll miss important elements). Our descent into fantasy chronicled. Expecting to find reason, common sense or a reality-based worldview has definitely been challenged – there’s just not much of that out there. Some of the statistics quotes are startling, but if you’ve been paying attention, you get it. You’ve sensed this yourself. You know it’s true, or even worse, since no survey or poll or study really tells the whole truth. At best, the numbers indicate “at least this much, but probably more” from my own experience.
It’s absolutely no wonder at all when you consider the real heart of the nation, the “soul” of who and what we are and how this relates to what we do as a country next.
We dive down the rabbit hole.