Red Pill Vegan

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Something I hear people so, so often say is “I love animals.” What’s interesting is how people usually say it when you tell them you’re vegan (or for animal rights/against cruelty), and it usually sounds like a bit of a justifying preface to what they’re about to say about their non-vegan lifestyle. It’s as if protecting the lives of some domestic animals like dogs, horses, and cats somehow justifies eating and wearing the bodies of other animals like pigs, turkeys, cows, lambs, fish, and so on. I won’t bore you off with a psychology lecture about cognitive dissonance, but I will say it’s ironic that in Western culture (a culture that’s supposed to be so incredibly societally advanced and evolved), dogs – dumb ass, goofy fucking DOGS – are placed in a hierarchal position over animals like pigs and cows and birds.

It’s not that I think pigs, cows, birds…

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Movie Recommendation: The New Age

Breakdown

This movie has stuck in my brain for a looooooooong time.  I’ve likely had dreams about it.  It has picked at me off and on forever and I don’t completely understand why I am only now getting around to watching it again.

It seems like a very timely story and should be useful to people enduring America in the post-World War II fantasy we’ve propped up for ourselves to play in for a while until it’s time to grow up and get real.  And by “real” I mean real ancient Greek civilization, because they knew what time it was.  Then the idiot Christians (no offense, Jesus, because you were probably a cool guy yourself) kept pouring water on the Greeks until the entire Earth forgot everything important.  But that’s another story!!!

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One explanation of people who love Donald Drumpf and hate John McCain, for example

Question on @Quora: I am happy that John McCain died because I believe that was his punishment for being a traitor to the Republican Party. Why do people call me a jerk for believing that? https://www.quora.com/I-am-happy-that-John-McCain-died-because-I-believe-that-was-his-punishment-for-being-a-traitor-to-the-Republican-Party-Why-do-people-call-me-a-jerk-for-believing-that?share=4f1e16a2&srid=xXy

The dynamics at work here include the fear that economically disadvantaged, impoverished, abused, ignorant, small thinking, or incurious people feel when their worldview is profoundly challenged or appears to be in error or is logically untenable. Instead of confronting the fear and accepting what is obvious and changing their own perspective they further delude themselves and cling to whatever most superficially and apparently appears to be strong and powerful.

And it would be a tragic mistake to presume that only American Republicans or Libertarians fall into this trap. All those who profess to be liberal yet caution against true liberalism; those “progressives” with distaste for or unfamiliarity with meaningful progress; everyone who condescendingly pushes the naive electorate to the “center”; they too give themselves over to the apparent winner-to-be without much thought or hesitation.

And once this decision is made, to voluntarily blind oneself to reason and truth, to devote oneself to perpetuating a fantasy in order to preserve comfort, there is no argument that can reliably penetrate that shielded mind. Truth itself must be the primary objective or else nothing else can really be expected to make sense. It would be as if you were sailing a ship on the sea and purposely shielding your eyes from looking up at the stars in order to guide yourself.

Missing the point

It seems like to most Americans the only relevant question is which one of these sides is the winner, or should be the winner, or was the winner. In actuality that question is practically irrelevant. A more relevant question would be how did we end up like this? How did we come to accept a public forum where incongruities such as these are tolerated and allowed to exist at all?

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