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liz1

I expect this read is too long for most of you to be bothered with (certainly I have a low threshold for the endless mindless youtube clips many keep posting) nevertheless I felt this article worth sharing for its clear expression and explanation of mindsets I encounter on CT sites - populated in the main by Americans.

The following is an exert the full article is :https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/09/how-america-lost-its-mind/534231/

"Each of us is on a spectrum somewhere between the poles of rational and irrational. We all have hunches we can’t prove and superstitions that make no sense. Some of my best friends are very religious, and others believe in dubious conspiracy theories. What’s problematic is going overboard—letting the subjective entirely override the objective; thinking and acting as if opinions and feelings are just as true as facts. The American experiment, the original embodiment of the great Enlightenment idea of intellectual freedom, whereby every individual is welcome to believe anything she wishes, has metastasized out of control. From the start, our ultra-individualism was attached to epic dreams, sometimes epic fantasies—every American one of God’s chosen people building a custom-made utopia, all of us free to reinvent ourselves by imagination and will. In America nowadays, those more exciting parts of the Enlightenment idea have swamped the sober, rational, empirical parts. Little by little for centuries, then more and more and faster and faster during the past half century, we Americans have given ourselves over to all kinds of magical thinking, anything-goes relativism, and belief in fanciful explanation—small and large fantasies that console or thrill or terrify us. And most of us haven’t realized how far-reaching our strange new normal has become.

Much more than the other billion or so people in the developed world, we Americans believe—really believe—in the supernatural and the miraculous, in Satan on Earth, in reports of recent trips to and from heaven, and in a story of life’s instantaneous creation several thousand years ago.

We believe that the government and its co-conspirators are hiding all sorts of monstrous and shocking truths from us, concerning assassinations, extraterrestrials, the genesis of aids, the 9/11 attacks, the dangers of vaccines, and so much more.

And this was all true before we became familiar with the terms post-factual and post-truth, before we elected a president with an astoundingly open mind about conspiracy theories, what’s true and what’s false, the nature of reality.

We have passed through the looking glass and down the rabbit hole. America has mutated into Fantasyland."
(01-07-2018, 07:30 PM)liz1 Wrote: [ -> ]I expect this read is too long for most of you to be bothered with (certainly I have a low threshold for the endless mindless youtube clips many keep posting) nevertheless I felt this article worth sharing for its clear expression and explanation of mindsets I encounter on CT sites - populated in the main by Americans.

The following is an exert the full article is :https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/09/how-america-lost-its-mind/534231/

"Each of us is on a spectrum somewhere between the poles of rational and irrational. We all have hunches we can’t prove and superstitions that make no sense. Some of my best friends are very religious, and others believe in dubious conspiracy theories. What’s problematic is going overboard—letting the subjective entirely override the objective; thinking and acting as if opinions and feelings are just as true as facts. The American experiment, the original embodiment of the great Enlightenment idea of intellectual freedom, whereby every individual is welcome to believe anything she wishes, has metastasized out of control. From the start, our ultra-individualism was attached to epic dreams, sometimes epic fantasies—every American one of God’s chosen people building a custom-made utopia, all of us free to reinvent ourselves by imagination and will. In America nowadays, those more exciting parts of the Enlightenment idea have swamped the sober, rational, empirical parts. Little by little for centuries, then more and more and faster and faster during the past half century, we Americans have given ourselves over to all kinds of magical thinking, anything-goes relativism, and belief in fanciful explanation—small and large fantasies that console or thrill or terrify us. And most of us haven’t realized how far-reaching our strange new normal has become.

Much more than the other billion or so people in the developed world, we Americans believe—really believe—in the supernatural and the miraculous, in Satan on Earth, in reports of recent trips to and from heaven, and in a story of life’s instantaneous creation several thousand years ago.

We believe that the government and its co-conspirators are hiding all sorts of monstrous and shocking truths from us, concerning assassinations, extraterrestrials, the genesis of aids, the 9/11 attacks, the dangers of vaccines, and so much more.

And this was all true before we became familiar with the terms post-factual and post-truth, before we elected a president with an astoundingly open mind about conspiracy theories, what’s true and what’s false, the nature of reality.

We have passed through the looking glass and down the rabbit hole. America has mutated into Fantasyland."

I would like to know your thoughts on MKUltra.

Beans

(01-07-2018, 07:30 PM)liz1 Wrote: [ -> ]I expect this read is too long for most of you to be bothered with

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liz1

@Gentoo - I've read the wiki page. Nasty business. Mind you I'd have signed up for the free LSD in my twenties!

@beans - Not something I'd care to share but each to his own.

Beans

(01-07-2018, 07:52 PM)liz1 Wrote: [ -> ]@beans - Not something I'd care to share but each to his own.

Why is that?

liz1

@beans - I wouldn't care to acknowledge my self contentedness. Why is your choice to read or not of consequence to anyone?

liz1

Should have read self centeredness.

Beans

(01-07-2018, 08:09 PM)liz1 Wrote: [ -> ]@beans - I wouldn't care to acknowledge my self contentedness. Why is your choice to read or not of consequence to anyone?

I posted that because you automatically assumed most here would think it is too long to read...

It's not that it too long for me, but instead I could give a shit less Wanker

liz1

@beans - Do you disagree with my estimate of this articles readership here? Again you tell me how you feel about something you have no intention of reading. I don't understand why you think I care. Chuckle

liz1

I'm glad that a few of you have taken the time to look at this (even if not in its entirety). It is an article that made sense to me and acknowledging a problem is always the first step to solving it.
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