Posts Tagged ‘Covid’

Crazy Goes Mainstream

June 7th, 2021 No comments


There’s an old saying that life imitates art…or is it art imitates life?  In any case, that expression needs to be updated to reflect modern sensibilities, so that now, life imitates a mental asylum.

As is the case with art and life, reality has now blurred sufficiently in modern society that the word ‘satire’ has no relevant place in portraying events. Once the domain of comics and pundits, biting satire has been commandeered by notional journalists to such a degree that The Babylon Bee is as much an information source as a national news outlet such as the CBC, shown in the headline above.

The product of ‘news’ organizations has metastasized from being merely laughable to knee slappingly ridiculous.  And yet, they still have an audience.  I equate this to the consumption of alcohol.  After steady overconsumption of hard liquor, it takes more and more of the stuff to have any effect on the user.  As time goes by and consumption levels increase, the quality of the product becomes immaterial. Thus, we equate modern news with moonshine.  They’re both crudely made and if taken in great quantities, can render you blind and dumb.

I don’t know who the audience is for mainstream news anymore, but they have put lots of comics out of work. There appears to be an internal contest among the industry to see who can create the most guffaw inducing stories.

Despite all that we know of news organizations, people still defer to popular ‘news’ outlets as sources of information.  Social scientists such as Stanley Milgram have demonstrated that social pressure will create conformity, thus, though news stories may be preposterous, if a community absorbs a viewpoint, it becomes very difficult for individuals to push back.

A classic experiment by psychologist Solomon Asch done in conjunction with a TV show, Candid Camera, comically demonstrated this phenomenon. A subject enters an elevator where everyone else is facing the back of the cubicle.  Surprisingly (or not) a large number of subjects also decide to face the back of the elevator upon entering.

In this spirit, news stories are free to publish virtually any kind of preposterous headlines in the knowledge that the chances are good that a segment of the public will accept it as fact.  We don’t have to look too far for examples, since the recent Covid hysteria is the elevator ruse writ on a grand scale.

Even worse, it’s not just actions which are being influenced by corrupted media, it is also necessary to shape thought.  In the example headline above, (and not made up) it is not sufficient to avoid relief from discomfort, it is also necessary to feel great shame if unable to resist the urge for relief.  “Well, I’ll feel better, but I won’t like it”.  This is exactly the same mindset pushed by the white guilt narrative pushed by those pushing “Critical Race Theory”.

So now, we have pressures created by the media to conform to a narrative which is patently preposterous but which is widely propagated.  When pushed, no one actually believes a lot of the narrative, but it’s too much trouble to push back.  This reluctance to push back is responsible for the continuing security Kabuki at airports and will likely engender mask wearing far into the future even after Covid falls into the dustbin of the histories of delusion.

The old joke goes that a man was mopping the floor underneath another man who was hanging by his arms from the ceiling rafters in a mental institution because he thought he was a light bulb.  Two orderlies come to take the man down from the rafters and take him to his room.  The man mopping follows them and continues mopping.  The orderlies ask why the man followed them.  The man replies, “the light’s better here”.


Experts Say…It’s For Your Own Good

April 19th, 2021 No comments

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During the most recent lost year of everyone’s lives, there has been a never ending parade of ‘experts’ counselling the hordes of us illiterates on the proper protocols to safely navigate every aspect of our otherwise hazardous existence.

The best example is the high regard that most hold for the people in the medical field which includes not just practising physicians but also pharmaceutical executives.  This circle of experts has expanded to include political consultants as well as certain software moguls.  Someone needs to do a study to determine whether the longevity of these people are any better than the mean of the greater population.  Gone are the days when ads proclaimed that 8 out 10 doctors preferred a certain cigarette brand, but yet, their sober health directives are still keenly observed by the average victim, er patient.

In the last year, we’ve been exposed to the advice of presumably highly respected sources on the efficacy of all kinds of things to prevent the agony of Covid 19…and much of it contradictory from the same source **cough cough Fauci**.   No masks; then masks; then two masks: two week quarantine, mass immunity; one year quarantine, mass immunization.  Here’s the best one; wash hands.  At least that one makes sense and it was relayed by an expert, so it must be valid.

We’ve become a society deluded into thinking that experts are out there for any and all aspects of our lives and by adhering to their sage advice, we will become better, fitter, richer more attractive and of course healthier.

We’ve essentially farmed out the knowledge of great chunks of our lives to others, since it’s far too much trouble to determine things for ourselves.  An apt analogy is that we’ve separated our knowledge base into individual apps.  Instead of having to concern ourselves with a good general knowledge base, formerly referred to as common sense, we’ve parcelled out needed information into discrete files to be accessed when needed. In geek parlance, our hard drive is light, all the needed info is in the cloud.

Why bother to know something when someone on You Tube has a video on it? While certain specific tasks require some learned skill, much of the advice we seek from ‘experts’ is laughingly banal: everything from how to boil water to folding clothes properly to applying sunscreen.   I’m sure we’d find a video instructing people on how to run properly:  is it necessary to alternate feet?, etc etc.   We have governments paying money on infomercials instructing people how to wash hands.  I’m sure it’s been an epiphany for some older people that they had been doing it wrong all of their lives.

The precarious societal condition we find ourselves in today is the direct result of deferring what we know of the world to some ‘expert’ who tells us what we can just as easily see with our own lyin’ eyes.  The hazard of course, is when we are told something which is the exact opposite of what we can objectively observe… and yet still take the word of the ‘experts’.

In a free society, people are allowed to do stupid things, that’s their right.  As a matter of fact, I can make the case that doing stupid things is how you best learn about life as long as it doesn’t become a vocation.   But we’re moved noticeably away from the vaunted free society we all nominally cherish.  We’re seeing more and more that lifestyle suggestions are not just recommendations anymore, they are increasingly becoming edicts to be enforced by the state.  Of course, the rationale is always that such edicts are for the greater good.  In fact, most political policy is derived from whomever happens to have the ruler’s ear at the time.  A lifetime of living tells me that when governments tell you it’s for the greater good you had better really worry.  As Ronald Reagan famously said, one of the scariest utterances from politicians is “we’re from the government and we’re here to help”.

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