The masses have never thirsted after truth. Whoever can supply them with illusions is easily their master; whoever attempts to destroy their illusions is always their victim.
– Gustave Le Bon (1841 – 1931)
A sad truth politicians, government functionaries, con men, the media, and psychopaths (but I repeat myself) depend on. As a teacher, I have lost count of the number of times I’ve heard “will this be on the test?” from “smart” students who do well in school but are destined to do poorly in life because they do not hunger to truth or reality, but diplomas and accolades. They are fundamentally lazy and incurious. They are confused enough they think knowledge and diplomas are the same thing. It’s the sort of person that believes the story ends when the Disney Princess gets married, and Prince Charming will always come back from the war (or tavern, or brothel, or…).
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People are not addicted to drugs or alcohol, they are addicted to escaping reality.
The desire of people to avoid hard truth is impressive, and politicians pander to this fact every day. When your perception of reality and yourself are positive, the desire to escape is low. When reality is horrible, the desire to escape is huge…. Makes you wonder about the reality of Hollywood and political elites when you look at the number of them who have to enter rehab.
The Advocate, a magazine which once praised me as a ‘gay innovator,’ even published an article saying that as of now I am, and I quote, ‘not a gay man,’ because I don’t agree with their politics. The lie behind the buzzword of ‘diversity’ could not be made more clear: If you don’t conform, then you don’t count as ‘diverse,’ no matter what your personal background.
– Peter Thiel
And the left excels in obfuscating the truth. In their calls for diversity, they enforce (leftist) conformity. In their calls for tolerance they impose numerous zero-tolerance policies. if you agree with them and stay “on the reservation” in your political thought, every crime will be forgiven, but if you stray then every action is unforgivable.