Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Why I Write? To end the circle jerks, of course
Well, Jersey thought it necessary to inform me that Planned Parenthood doesn't perform a ton of abortions each year, and that abortions only represent a small portion of the services offered at Planned Parenthood. My response to Jersey, in a nutshell: So fucking what?
I don't care if Planned Parenthood did zero abortions a year. I don't care if they performed a billion abortions a year. That factoid, that point that was brought up, had absolutely nothing to do with anything that I wrote in my article. It was so beside the point of what I was trying to say, that I broke my rule and gave an acerbic response to Jersey, who is a faithful reader.
But don't think for one second that this is just directed at Jersey.
Why do any of you blog? Some of you truly just want to get your message out there. But more often than not, your message is going nowhere. Why? It's not your fault. It's going nowhere because most people don't like to argue, and they don't like to feel as though they are wrong. So they're going to visit blogs that more closely resemble their beliefs and what not. Take Crooks and Liars for example. I used to visit that site often, but I don't anymore.
"What's the matter Jack, were they too good for you? Are they too smart for you?" I don't doubt that many of them are well educated people, but I also know that 99% of those people are so entrenched in their beliefs that they long ago abandoned the ability to actually listen. They believe in the truthfulness of their facts and statistics, and when presented with a fact or truth that is contrary to what they believe, they dismiss the contradiction as false or mere propaganda.
Why? Because they're afraid of being wrong. They're already stressed and shitty enough believing that they have the answer and hoping that their answer wins out because of how awful everything is. How much worse would they feel if they suddenly realized that they're all full of shit and don't have the answer? Not only would everything be shitty, but they wouldn't be able to feel the comfort of being "right."
Most people only want to hear what they want to hear. They read what they want to read. They don't care about your message, or my message. All they care about is proving some point that makes them feel warm and fuzzy about their worldview.
So why do I write? Well, I do it because so many of you have given up on listening. An article by John Carey on PR yesterday really hit it home for me. We get to thinking that we've got it all figured out. All of intellectual history as culminated into this moment, and magically, John Carey and others have the solution.
You all know what America is supposed to be. If only everyone would listen, all of our problems would be solved. Your vision of America is it. It's the pinnacle of human existence. The whole damn world would benefit from following your plan for prosperity. Let me engage in a little experiment.
I'm right and you're wrong. Everything you believe is a lie perpetrated by (insert political party/person/group) in order to subjugate you and destroy every last shred of liberty you may hold. All of my facts are based on 100% truth, and they are irrefutable. All of your facts are complete falsehoods. I know, with complete and utter certainty, what this country needs to survive and prosper, and any deviation from that is an indication of ignorance and lack of education. If you believe anything other than what I say, you are a moron and worse, a sheeple. Fuck you, you (Liberal/Conservative) douchebag.
How does that sound?