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Reality Has Consequences

The world no longer makes sense to most people over forty years of age. Much of what we thought was true is now denied. What to us is obviously false (or at least always was) is now accepted as being true. Here are examples from Frick at Bias Breakdown that show obvious contradictions between popular belief and what we hold as reality:

If every Arab in the Middle East laid down his weapon, there would be peace in the Middle East. If every Israeli laid down his (or her) weapon, Israel would be annihilated.

Likewise, if government stopped all spending, the deficit problem would be solved. If government confiscated the gross annual income of every individual in the country making over $66,193, the deficit would destroy our country.

In a sane world, politicians would cut every last dollar of government spending they could in order to bring financial order back to an entitlement-happy society. After government’s debilitating spending habits were slashed or restructured, only then would the conversation shift to taxes and revenue to make up the gap.

Of course, this isn’t a sane world. It’s the world in which it’s Israel’s fault for every ill in Palestine and Republicans are evil and stupid for wanting to cut spending.

Fantasies like these might are satisfying to many, but they are ultimately destructive. Truth cannot be changed by repeating falsehoods. Nor can it be altered by more people believing untruths. But, when these fantasizers overwhelm society with their false beliefs, society will no longer function. Society cannot invent its own truth based on convenience, prejudice or popularity. Truth, not manufactured myth, is key to survival. Societies which deviate from it, don’t survive.

As Ayn Rand stated:

You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.

The avoidance of reality has overtaken our society. The consequences of doing so have been building for decades and will soon overwhelm us. On our current path, much of what we knew and cared about will be destroyed.

10 thoughts on “Reality Has Consequences”

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  2. The truth requires moral courage. We are a country with individuals sadly poverty stricken in this arena. What we are observing is a direct result of the loss of individual honor and integrity. Fighting this is very difficult because pride steps in the way. Who likes to humble themselves and admit they are wrong? (too, themselves or publicly?)

  3. Don’t know about “peace”, but if the Arabs quit shooting, the noise level would drop considerably. So far, I’ve not seen news reports of Israelis with C-4 vests, or launchings of multitudes of rockets onto civilians. And when you’re dealing with folks whose official policy is genocide of all Jews, it’s wise to hang on to your guns.

    Unless the politicians cut way back on spending, the US would likely have a national debt of $16 trillion. Oops…

  4. We all have seen it before. A successful family raises a spoiled, overprotected, overindulged and overmedicated kid. He goes to college and majors in some fluff degree and then hangs around until the old man retires. He then takes over the family business and the rest is history.

    That is where we are as a Nation.

    1. Sounds like my brother being that he decided not to work in the market any longer because he couldn’t.
      Being banned from trading for keeping you’re mouth shut for the heeb’s establishment is plain cowardice.

      Bring the ship down into the deep and to hell with you’re so called handlers making money off of you’re actions AKA you’re back.

      Now he is after what my father has made business wise thinking that it is his all ready.

      Isn’t life and family grand?

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