The phrases “Life imitates art” and vice versa are often bandied about because they work. In this case, the Eloi from H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine came to mind after talking with a parent of one of my kids’ classmates at a kid sporting event. Puffing up proudly, he declared that both he and his wife had been fully vaccinated, that their older child had been too, and that as soon as their other kid was 12 they’d get be Jabbed too.
He asked if I was vaccinated, and I said “No”. When he asked why, I said that I had some serious safety concerns about this emergency use authorization stuff including the fact that no mRNA treatment having ever made it through human trials before, and the rush to get this out. I mentioned the Nuremberg code, and said that for a virus that has about a 99.8% recovery rate for people under 70, I was not scared…. His smile became this fixed , eyes unresponsive, just nodding a la OK, whatever, just get away from me you conspiracy monger you.
I have received reaction like this after reaction like this – politeness maintained but otherwise a dismissal of anything that might indicate the Jab could be a threat. Not just polite dismissal… an absolute, utter incuriosity. Which, like the man in the movie, makes me want to lose it:
On my old blog I had several pieces regarding the utter inability of any new information to penetrate the minds of Leftists – Teflon Intellects, I dubbed them. So, on a recent piece by our host comes this comment (replying to my comment, actually) that meshes perfectly with this quote by Frantz Fanon:
“Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn’t fit in with the core belief.”
There are myriad quotes about it being easier to fool people than getting them to admit they were fooled – one such:
EMOTIONS TRUMP REASON
I don’t recall where I saw it, but there was a quote to the effect that we are not rational beings with emotions, but rather emotional beings who can reason. Consider Rule 3, which I put into this looooong Covid link aggregate (Rules 1 and 2 also included for completeness):
Rule 1: It doesn’t matter what’s true, it’s what you can get people to believe.
Rule 2: If you control the information flow, you control what people believe.
Rule 3: If your information manipulates emotions to make people believe they are good and virtuous for believing what you want, no facts or reasoning will undo those beliefs.
And that’s the key to the Church of the Covidian, to Socialism, to Wokeness, to every single thing the Left does: manipulate what people believe through the selective – mendacious – presentation of information to get people to feel virtuous, good, noble, kind, intelligent and educated, etc., when they believe what you want them to believe. Do this and they will never deviate from that belief – for to deviate would mean that their self-image would crumble. Add in a few simple rules and they will act to advance The Cause without understanding they’re pawns being used.
Few people have the introspection and strength to fundamentally examine and self-correct, especially when it risks their own self-image, plus risks their being socially shunned, or even canceled, by those around them. Dopamine rushes from colleagues, friends, and family approving your beliefs are a very powerful operant conditioning effect.
Aside: I do have a theory on how this can be broken. It’s worked for me… sometimes. I’ll write about it anon.
We have a world filled with people that stare at the glowing screen and unquestioningly believe whatever pronouncements flow from it. They are assured that the screen speaks Truth, and that anything else are lies from those who want to mislead them. They are assured that if they believe the screen’s Truth that they are good and noble people, wanting to save others, and that anyone who doubts the screen’s Truth is evil who wants people to die.
How do we fight this? More importantly, should we try? Or do we simply prepare for the final death-struggle against people whose survival instinct has atrophied, and who believe the glowing screen with near religious zeal?
I am torn. I do not want people to die from what is looking like a long-lead-time blood clot death from the Jab:
But more and more Yuri Bezmenov was right – no matter what evidence you present, it’s ignored. Consider this, Jummai Nache: 47-year-old Minnesota woman gets both legs and hands amputated after severe Pfizer mRNA adverse reactions, with a link to this disturbing piece about the omerta against saying anything negative about the Jab:
He said that the last time paramedics came to his house (there were at least seven times in six weeks), they told him not to mention the vaccine to the doctors when he arrived at the hospital. The paramedics said he would have a better chance of receiving real treatments if he kept quiet about the Moderna shot.
People who can gloss over even a scintilla of a frisson of fear from this poor woman’s story, or the increased deaths and side effects, or the medical industry pushing-pushing-pushing The Jab uber alles, will not accept anything.
A man convinced against his will, is of the same opinion still.
This is a saying my late father once said to me. People will not believe until it affects them personally.
We’ve tried. We’ve begged, pleaded, and presented evidence. I, for one, will not stop writing but I know that when the mass die-off happens I’ve done my best. So I conclude, heavily: Let them die happy, thinking they’re virtuous and good and all. In the meantime, focus on saving what you can.