How do we reattach people to reality and facts? This is the big philosophical thinking I’ve been debating in my own brain this past week and have no earthly idea what the answer is. Whether the need to behave in specific ways and take certain actions to control the spread of the pandemic, or the political unrest founded on outright conspiracy theories…how do you reach a consensus on truth when it’s the very thing that’s being “debated?” My brain hurts.
As you may have surmised, this week’s batch of links is a mix of grim current affairs and abject silliness wherever I found it. It will not solve any of your philosophical conundrums, but it will clear your skin and help you lose five pounds.
Who knows, it might. Truth is relative, after all.
Yes, let’s talk about police response to broadly leftist and rightist protest activity in the US:
“Their hearts, minds and wallets were taken advantage of,” Ms. Mace said, her voice rising in fury. “Millions of people across the country who were lied to. These individuals, these hardworking Americans truly believe that the Congress can overturn the Electoral College.”
Take a moment to educate yourself about the memes and iconography that identify specific ideologies and groups.
Patriarchy is a big part of the problem, but it requires women’s involvement to work. See also, Trumpism.
He resigned before making these statements. (And reminder, they are not actually pro-police so much as they think the police are “against” they same groups they are, and the moment this is questioned, they turn. If you’re not with them, you’re against them. Because they’re fascists. Obligatory trigger warning.)
Oh, and theocratic nationalists…those too. Ultimately, the point it to have enough power to exert your power, regardless of being a minority, because you feel you are morally right to do so and that there is a genuinely a risk to society if you aren’t able to enact your agenda.
Brief palate cleanser time, let’s learn about peanut butter!
Meanwhile, in Britain, an optimistic timeline means Jeff and I will be vaccinated by…September. Woof.
National mythology is powerful and the stories we tell ourselves ABOUT ourselves are important. We need to rethink the framing of those stories. Desperately.
Damn, I might have to use Signal instead. And still I somehow justify using Instagram. I am hypocritical trash…
Shock. Surprise. Whomst could have guessed, etc. etc.
Something something, “a few bad apples,” something.
Jesus. The long term effects of COVID on mental health are just starting to be understood but I feel that the final toll is going to be grim.
Influencers will be the end of us.
So…this is just going to get worse, huh?
If you have been feeling physically done in recently, you are not alone; and yes, Ms Rona is doing this to us.