Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Creating an Unreal Reality

Writing in National Review Peter Kirsanow offers a sobering look at our new reality. It’s not the reality you used to know and perhaps even like, but it’s a new fictional world that fulfills a certain number of ideological preconceptions. 

Strangely enough, no one seems to care any more that its unreal.

Kirsanow sums it up:

Exchanges established by the federal government are exchanges established by the state. Rachel Dolezal is black. Iran will honor an agreement not to develop nuclear weapons. ISIS is a JV team. There’s an epidemic of sexual assaults on college campuses. Michael Brown had his hands up and pleaded “don’t shoot.” Caitlyn Jenner is a woman. Obamacare is working. 2+2 doesn’t necessarily equal 4. The polar ice caps are disappearing. The IRS is doing a decent job. The border is secure.We’ve ended two wars responsibly. Hillary Clinton turned over all work-related e-mails. An $18,200,000,000,000 debt can grow without mention. People who burn down buildings and overturn cars aren’t thugs. The OPM hack is manageable. We’ve reset relations with Russia. Entitlement reform can be kicked down the road. We’re more respected around the world.

One might call it a mass delusion, as Kirsanow does, but, whatever one calls it, he is right to say that it is not going to end well.

7 comments:

Ignatius Acton Chesterton OCD said...

Just don't tell anyone, and everything will be okay.

Don't rock the boat.

If you say it enough times, it's true.

Perhaps the thing we detest most about Jonathan Gruber is that he was right.

Our news media is the modern incarnation of Tass News Service, with the splash of ESPN.

Postmodernism has infected every part of our culture. We expect lies. We are cynical. We are dishonest. Sincerity is meaningless.

Ignatius Acton Chesterton OCD said...

This is what we get when we fall all over ourselves in an orgy of "tolerance." We are increasingly ruled by a biomass of go-along-to-get-along people, smiling all the way, feeling like everything is okay, and everyone is okay, and that everything everyone says is okay. We may shake our heads and ask "What is it that they want so badly that they lie to each other and believe lies, even though they know they're lies?"

It’s shockingly simple: They want to be thought of as NICE. By everyone.

Niceness is their highest value… the coin of the realm. Nice people are nice. Not nice people are mean. And they don’t want mean people to think they’re not nice, either, so it’s a double-bind worldview. They’re trapped in the social Empire of Nice, and there is no escape.

However, there is a prize: everyone thinks the nice person is nice. Not much more, but certainly nice. No one can say anything bad about the nice person, which isn’t a fully human, fully-alive experience, but it is nice.

They don’t want to be thought of as mean, so they follow the nice trends and celebrate all kinds of nice self-congratulation. It’s a dualistic worldview, brought to them through television, Internet, viral emails, movies, social media, cute JPEGs, et cetera.

The Glowing Box tells them what is nice, and how to think. They imitate, and pass it on.

That’s what they want: to be nice, for others to think of them as nice, for others to be nice to others, and the world to be a nice place.

They want to be comfortable. People who create discomfort — by thinking or encouraging others to think — are not nice. Just like their most challenging teachers in their school years, who created a “not nice environment” that demanded the best of them and others… the highest effort, playing on their growth edge. Standing for something beyond the comfort zone of niceness. That wasn’t nice because some people couldn’t get an A because they wouldn’t think or work hard enough to get it, creating despair. That’s not nice. And this view of thinkers — those with higher standards for humanity — continues to this day. Thinkers are mean, caught up in their heads.

Unrepentant thinkers are haters. They have no heart.

That's how life works in the Empire of Nice.

Fun, huh?

Anonymous said...

Acton, you are spot on.

If everyone cannot be a genius (the NCLB or Lake Wobegon reality where all children are above normal) then nice is achievable.

They are so nice, they don't judge. They may repeat a popular stance, then defend their belief by a few tactics of the nice. 1. "My God is a loving God." (God is nice too!) or 2. "We are not to judge" irregardless of the fact they just did. For example, "abortion should stay legal because who am I to judge." The tactic has the effect of moving the debate from abortion to judging. Because the nice don't judge, they are therefore tolerant. And because they are tolerant, their view of abortion is correct.

Nice people are not to be confused with people who have integrity. Integrity is costly, and for nice people, nothing is worth the cost of being in the out group.

Anonymous said...

Decent folks need to come up with a new cultural definition and practice of marriage.

I say marriage should be rejected altogether, at least morally and culturally. Its meaning has been desecrated and defiled. I say let 'marriage' mean 'gay marriage'.
Let the homos have it.

The meaning of marriage now should be: An institution that once used to unite man and woman in matrimony now degraded into celebration of filth by the decadent West dominated by decadent Liberals and homos.

Marriage has been corrupted and defiled. It is worthless.

For decent folks, it still has legal force, but it should have zero cultural meaning.

So, what are decent folks to do?

Come up with a CULTURAL terminology and definition of the true bio-moral union of man and woman.

Suppose we call this 'Concordia'. Concordia will be culturally and morally defined by decent folks as bio-moral union of a real man and a real woman. (No trannies allowed).) Since it will be unambiguously defined this way, it can never be corrupted by homos and their backers.

As for the ceremony of Concordia, suppose we name it 'symphonia'. Symphonia can only bless the union of man and woman in Concordia since it will be strictly defined as a rite in the service of Concordia and only Concordia. So, even though bakers are forced to make 'gay wedding cakes', they cannot be forced to make 'gay symphonia cakes' since symphonia will culturally be defined as the bio-moral union of man and woman. Symphonia cakes and services can only serve those involved with symphonia. It's like a Rabbi cannot be forced to preside over a Christian ritual. Rabbi is, by definition, a man who serves Jewish matters. He is under no cultural or spiritual obligation to serve other religions.

'Gay symphonia' would be like 'Communist Ayn-Randian'. Just can't happen.

Now, Concordia and Symphonia, as cultural institutions, would have no legal binding. But that is the beauty of it. It cannot be messed with the supreme court or whatever since it is a cultural reality and cultural institution and cultural movement.
And since they'd be specifically defined and designed to serve the union of man and woman, homos and trannies can never undermine it.

It's like Christmas is a cultural tradition and reality that honors the birth of Jesus. Therefore, Buddhists cannot demand a Buddhist Christmas, demanding that Christmas celebrate Buddha as well as Jesus.

Jews who don't care for Christmas choose Hannukah.

Blacks who don't care for Christmas choose Kwanzaa.

Decent folks who no longer care for marriage(desecrated and defiled) and wedding(now celebrating sexual deviancy) should come up with something like Concordia and Symphonia.

Since the meaning of 'marriage' and 'wedding' has been defiled by PC, it is time for a cultural revival of the bio-moral union of man and woman.
As far as we are concerned, 'marriage' now means this garbage called 'gay marriage', and 'wedding' now means the union of two homos who wanna indulge in gross perversion of sex.

A cultural shift to 'Concordia' and 'symphonia' could lead to a whole new movement.

Decent folks should go through the process of de-marriage and then go through the process of re-commitment through ritual of Symphonia that binds man and woman in Concordia. Lots of money to be made in industries catering to Concordia and symphonia, especially in the South and Christian belt.

Legally, people would still have to go through marriage process, but it would be strictly legal and nothing else.
True meaning will come from cultural ritual and practices, and Concordia will be defined in a way that it only applies to decent folks engaged in proper sexual mating.

Ares Olympus said...

That's a diverse list. Let's see if we can categorize:

1. Personal distortions:
* Rachel Dolezal is black.
* Caitlyn Jenner is a woman.

2. Political distortions:
* Michael Brown had his hands up and pleaded “don’t shoot.”
* People who burn down buildings and overturn cars aren’t thugs.
* There’s an epidemic of sexual assaults on college campuses.

3. Geopolitical fears
* Iran will honor an agreement not to develop nuclear weapons.
* ISIS is a JV team.
* The OPM hack is manageable.
* The border is secure.

4. Partisan whining:
* Obamacare is working
* Exchanges established by the federal government are exchanges established by the state. .
* Hillary Clinton turned over all work-related e-mails.
* The IRS is doing a decent job.
* We’ve ended two wars responsibly.
* We’ve reset relations with Russia.
* We’re more respected around the world.
* An $18,200,000,000,000 debt can grow without mention.
* Entitlement reform can be kicked down the road.

5. Science:
* [Actic sea ice] is disappearing.
https://nsidc.org/cryosphere/sotc/sea_ice.html

sestamibi said...

WAR IS PEACE

FREEDOM IS SLAVERY

IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

Ignatius Acton Chesterton OCD said...

We had to destroy the village in order to save it,