The truth is unpleasant and therefore unpopular:
Humans have invented a social "reality" that denies reality itself.
Sunday, October 05, 2014
A recent news item from the land of insanity and perfect tea caught my eye:
A court heard how after two girls called Walker Harry Potter, he snapped, stabbing one of them in the face so hard that the blade of his vegetable knife broke.
Walker then pushed the other girl's head into a nearby fence and shouted: ‘Die, die’.
He claimed he launched the ferocious attacks in Southampton, Hampshire, after being goaded repeatedly by the girls who called him Potter.
As far as anyone who is sane is concerned, this guy did nothing wrong. They bullied him and the school and authorities did nothing, thus he fixed the situation by injuring the injurers.
The authorities then swooped in and seized him and punished him, but this makes no sense. He was not acting on his own here; they began the assault with social mockery. This is damaging to individuals. He stopped the damage.
Even more, we should look at this on a social scale. All of our anti-bullying programs have failed. Not just a little, but utterly failed to achieve anything. We are incentivizing bullying by protecting bullies and persecuting those who defend themselves against them.
"Sticks and stones..." -- no. Social mockery is destructive and causes extreme emotional trauma. If we are serious about stopping bullying, legalize retribution. Bullies will know they are no longer protected and will think more carefully, and we won't need to call the Nanny State SWAT teams to punish the bullied in the name of equality.
The problem with false elites -- those created by ideology not ability -- is that in addition to being wrong, they are quite literally insane. All that they do comprises internal signals designed to advance the individual in the system and has nothing to do with reality.
Witness leading moron Tom Frieden in action, as reported by Red Flag News:
Barring all incoming flights from Ebola-hit countries in West Africa might seem like the best way to prevent an outbreak of the virus in the United States, but doing so would actually hurt efforts to curb the outbreak in the long run, Tom Frieden, M.D., MPH, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said today (Oct. 2).
“If we take actions that seem like they may work, they may be the kind of solution to a complex problem that is quick, simple and wrong,” said Frieden in a press conference. “The approach of isolating a country is that it’s going to make it harder to get help into that country.”
The man obviously has mental problems. When asked how to protect people in country A, he starts talking about fear of discrimination against country B. He's not even on topic. But he is sending the correct signals, namely, he is acting as if his country is so wealthy and powerful that it does not need to concern itself with self-preservation.
That signal appeases the voters, who like to hear how everything's going just fine!, and also appeases his liberal ideological comrades, who love the idea of equality and know that this can only happen through wealth transfer, thus will always discriminate against the powerful -- the whiter, maler, smarter, wealthier, healthier -- in order to advance the less capable.
If you wonder how civilizations exterminate themselves... wonder no more. They turn their focus from outward to inward, and start flattering each other and in doing so, drift farther from reality so that when collapse comes, it's a great shock and "no one" has anticipated it.