Says the Devil.
A plane crashes in a storm on
the other side of the world. For days afterward it's "breaking News!" on
CNN and their website asks us if flying is getting more dangerous. Yes,
of course it's a pattern. It's twice in one year out of only 36 million
flights! Someone gets shot by a psychotic in a theater and we're told,
or rather CNN arranges for us to hear someone ask if it's safe to go to
the movies any more.
As humans we're famously
deficient when it comes to comparing relative risk and of course a very
well funded industry is based on exploiting our irrational nature and
steadfast unwillingness to do the math. How many of us will switch off
the round the clock babble and endless pictures of airplanes and people
looking out the window to make a graph of fatalities per passenger
mile? Basically none.
We don't know if police
brutality is on the increase, whether it centers on a certain minority,
on several minorities or whether it's random or whether factors not
being discussed enter into the picture. Why should there be, the people
upon whom we depend to inform us are as much a part of the entertainment
industry as Disney or Sony Pictures. What we do is select opinions and
fears and things to gloat about from the buffet and all according to our
personalities and chosen affiliations -- and today's technology makes
it possible for manipulators and exploiters to target us with things
that we will buy into without question and that much of it is designed
to scare and to outrage is no coincidence.
have to be about politics or law or current events. It doesn't have to
be real They can scare you with fructose or gluten or lactose or
fluoride or electric meters or preservatives and imaginary toxins and
they can cash in as easily as collecting maple syrup from a tree.
X is rampant and getting worse and of course we won't stand for it any
more and here are two or three incidents to prove it if we don't stop to
think or look too close or ask too many questions.
here's what we need to do and never mind the cost because there's no
time to waste and no time for the niceties of due process. What do we
want? ZEAL. When do we want it? Before you cool off.
we love to tell stories about how the other guys are idiots, neurotics,
liars and infinitely malevolent? Of course we do and the result is to
strengthen our commitment to "our side" and lessen the possibility of
questioning ourselves and what we believe -- whether our nebulous
remedies will work or make things worse. If we're against demons and
monsters, what are the odds we're wrong? If some court finds
differently from our convictions, why they must be corrupt and we need
to attack. If there's the appearance of a cluster or a pattern in
random events, of course it's a trend and we need to make noise
and search for someone to punish, even if the apparent trend is the
opposite to the statistical one. I mean how many kids have to die before
we replace fruit sugar with cane sugar? How may kids have to get
"grain brain?" How many kids will get fat if we don't ban slurpees and
never mind the double bacon cheese chiliburgers with extra fries and
special sauce? Our solutions will work because the other guys are evil.
bother to look it up? Our side is right because the other side is
wrong. If we make a mistake and lives are lost or ruined we shouldn't be
worried unnecessarily, we're the good guys after all and it's better
that all crimes are punished and all danger eliminated than that a few
innocents are punished. Just look at how bad the other side is! Just
look at how dangerous life is these days.
Everything is going to hell because it needs to be
for certain influences to do what they want to us. A building is blown
up in New York, so we have to assume it's a trend and before long Caspar
Wyoming will be in flames. There goes our 4th amendment protection.
Drugs are killing our youth so oops there goes any protection from
searches and seizures without probable cause or due process. Welcome
swat teams with or without warrants crashing through your front door.
Crime is on the increase so let's equip and train our police as Storm
Troopers and let's stop "coddling" criminals and allowing judges some
discretion and start trying 14 year olds as adults. Our schools are
danger zones so let's make our kids criminals if they have a nail
clipper or an aspirin. Our "rape culture" is on the rise so let's
suspend any benefit of the doubt and of course racism is so rampant no
white people should be trusted. And worst of all, the Devil is out there
with his facts and figures and quoting scripture so we can't trust
And of course we wouldn't dare
challenge any of it because that would just prove we're agents for the
other side -- and did I mention just how bad they are?