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November 17, 2016
On and on I go

The whole previous post was inspired by this article I read. Specifically, this part:

The undeserving included racial minorities on welfare but it also included lazy urban professionals like me working desk jobs and producing nothing more than ideas.

This comes up more than once in the article. People who work with their brains instead of their hands are "lazy." Which is saying that work of the "body" is of value and work of the "brain" is not.

Having been raised by big believers in the whole Protestant Work Ethic kind of thing, I can empathize with where they are coming from. My parents believed in education, but as an active thing. You walked to school, physically wrote notes, walked home, physically did homework, etc. When you were done with those "activities" then you got up and did something physical, like chores.

Nothing was more likely to get you into trouble than sitting and thinking about something. Or more likely to get you labeled as "lazy."

So I get it. I do. I don't agree. with them, but I get where they're coming from.

However, the interviewees' bias shows in that they have one view of "the good life" and how you're supposed to achieve it, and they are absolutely prejudiced against people who have a different view or who choose a different path. The fact that this seems to be a much larger segment of the country pisses them off.

The world around them has moved. Instead of moving with it, they're planting their feet and screaming, "but it worked for my great-grandfather!

The level of ignorance (not stupidity) of the complexity of modern life on display by the people quoted in the article is a bit frightening, but no one wants to read a digression on that topic. My point is that these particular Trump voters are ignorant and biased, but their bias isn't just a racial thing. It's a social/class sort of thing. They feel they're a minority and they feel disrespected.

A lot of people should be able to empathize with that.

Also, attacking groups seen as "other" when you feel your social identity is, itself, under attack is normal human behavior.

It's not our most attractive characteristic.


If the people conducting polls think they are ignorant, racist sexists, why would they be obligated to answer pollstersí questions truthfully?

So they lied to the pollsters and placed ignorant votes for a racist, sexist candidate, what? Out of spite?

I'm being unfair, I know, and this is important. What they really seem to have been envisioning was Trump bringing Mayberry back again. Or maybe Big Valley. Simpler places and times where the sweat of a man's brow proved his worth.

Time does not go backward, people. You cannot erase it's effects and any attempt to do so is sure to produce ten times the chaos.

Your perception that you're not getting "your share" in some way is just that. Your perception. That doesn't make it true.

Also? This is Real Life. Real Life is often unfair. If you want things to be more fair, you have to do more than make a protest vote once every four years.


Also, I'm wondering how this ill-prepared, unqualified, conflicted, and half-panicked new president who is rapidly accumulating an absurdist staff of lunatics is going to look to them in a year's time?

It still mystifies me that so many people didn't see what I saw so clearly--that Trump's candidacy was trump de l'oeil.

He wanted the attention and publicity of running. He didn't want or expect to win, and he certainly wasn't prepared for it. His entire strategy for the last month or so has been about laying the groundwork for a massive, years-long, headline-grabbing sulk about how cheated he was.


Seriously, am I just constitutionally incapable of having one thought, following it through to a natural conclusion, and then just shutting up?

It's starting to seem unlikely.

Posted by AnneZook at 11:48 AM | Comments (2)
I'm back on Cartesian Dualism

I disagree with a href="http://www.allaboutphilosophy.org/cartesian-dualism-faq.htm" target="new">the closing paragraph of this description of Cartesian Dualism.

This concept is difficult to accept for those with a secular humanist, materialist, and evolutionist worldview because accepting it is accepting supernaturalism. Consequently, Bible believers accept dualism and people with the opposite worldview find themselves obligated to reject it.

I'm not a Bible believer and have never thought of the concept in religious terms. Nor do I find thinking of my "mind" as an actual thing, separate from my body, a particularly superstitious act.*

Superstition: a belief or notion, not based on reason or knowledge, in or of the ominous significance of a particular thing, circumstance, occurrence, proceeding, or the like.

I'd say trying to assert that the human mind is completely divorced from "reason" or "knowledge" is absurd. Our minds--thoughts--patently exist. We have knowledge that they exist--the whole cogito ergo sum thing.

The question of a related/associated "soul" of some kind is what's superstition, and the existence of our brains in no way implies that a "soul" exists, but I think there's no question but that "thought" is a real thing. A thought can implement and experience change. It can act upon or be acted upon. That's pretty real.


* I don't think anyone who has ever tried to lose weight or quit smoking would deny that they have a mind and it's not always on the side of what's best for their body.

Posted by AnneZook at 11:05 AM | Comments (0)