Philosophical Musings

Philosophical Musings

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hate as Debate

Increasingly, emotions are used in discussions about politics, religion, science, or just about anything. Logic & reason are short circuited with emotional cries.

I believe it is a tactic.. a deflection to avoid dealing with the real issues. Instead of facing human problems, you disparage anyone who disagrees with you by calling them a 'hater'. Some people, to be fair, are more emotionally driven, & tend to see everything through an emotional filter. But in a discussion about ideas, emotion should not be the primary driver of the debate.

If you attempt a discussion about the welfare state, for example, the response is, 'Why do you hate the poor?'
If you question the morality of abortion, 'You hate women!'
Challenge the science of global warming, 'You hate science!'
Bring up problems of crime, injustice, ghetto issues, 'Racist!'

It is an emotional dodge, deflecting from logical arguments, & turning it to passion. It is propaganda tactics, used to avoid criticism or scrutiny of the entrenched power structure.

If you challenge academia with facts of poor quality education, the knee jerk reaction is 'You hate education!' or maybe 'the children', but the tactic is still a dodge.. it is avoiding the issues by injecting emotion, rather than reason. 

There is no evidence of this 'hate', it only needs to be suggested.. accused. Then, in mob rule fashion, the accused is guilty unless he can prove his innocence. Instead of dealing with the issue, whatever it was, he is diverted & spins his wheels trying to defend the personal attribution of an evil emotion as his motivation.

Intelligent debaters should see this tactic as a ruse, to avoid the topic. But we don't. Instead, emotions fill the inter-webs & the media, rendering thoughtful discussion of any sacred cow topics impossible.

Logical fallacies are constantly used in polemical discussions, & have been for millennia. But propaganda tactics are newer.. they took root early in the last century, & have been a favorite of many ideologies. Most totalitarian & oppressive regimes use this kind of emotional appeal to rally their base. Logic & reality are not inspiring, but emotion, fear, & fantasy stir the imaginations of the masses, & are much more effective. So they use them.

“I use emotion for the many and reserve reason for the few.” ~Adolf Hitler
“State propaganda, when supported by the educated classes and when no deviation is permitted from it, can have a big effect. It was a lesson learned by Hitler and many others, and it has been pursued to this day.” ~Noam Chomsky
“The goal of modern propaganda is no longer to transform opinion but to arouse an active and mythical belief” ~Jacques Ellul

It is ironic that the most susceptible to this appeal of emotion are not just in mob dynamics, but with the elite, both the ruling & establishment elite, in whatever institution they are in. Academians, media, religious, entertainment.. all of these seem more susceptible to emotion than the mundane working man.

"Only the mob and the elite can be attracted by the momentum of totalitarianism itself. The masses have to be won by propaganda." ~Hannah Arendt

Humans are emotional creatures. But how much should emotion rule in out collective actions? Would not reason & logic be better tools for our organizations?

Monday, March 16, 2015

Historical Exploitation Contest!

Which ethnic or religious group suffered the MOST persecution or exploitation in history? If your ethnicity wins, you could be the big winner!

Have you been exploited & oppressed by another human being?

Ok, maybe not you, PERSONALLY, but your ancestors? If you can claim heritage to one of the groups in the list, you may have a chance to WIN big prizes!

Here are the qualifications for entry.  You must be a descendant of,
1. Quakers
2. Dutch indentured servants
3. African slaves
4. Native Americans
5. Chinese
6. Irish
7. German Palatinate or Huguenots
8. Scottish or English protestants
9. English prisoners in 17th century justice system
10. Japanese
11. Hawaiian
12. French Cajun or Acadian
13. Inuit
14. Italians
15 Sicilians
16. Jews
17. Russians
18 Scandinavians
19. Polish
20. Gypsy
21. East Indian
22. Middle eastern
23. Southeast Asian
24. Aborigine

There are others, but we don't have room for all the oppressed people of the world in this list. Call or write to see if your heritage qualifies. It probably does!

Now that you've qualified, let's get to the rules of the contest, & what you can win!

1. Write a 1 page description of the atrocities YOUR ethnicity has suffered. You cannot overstate it. Be dramatic & use lots of colorful language.
2. Be specific on what group, culture, or heritage caused your exploitation. This will offset any claims by their side of exploitation.

The ethnic group, religion, or culture that suffered the most, & had the least exploitation against others will win the prize as the Most Exploited, whiniest & most wretched people group ever!

Your prize, should you win, will be to take your rightful place as the Most Likely to become extinct, & your people group will be given reparations. For up to 1 full week, you will be given food & housing in a state of the art facility, after which you will be cleansed from humanity as unfit to reproduce.

But wait! There's more! The top essay writers will be published & their stories displayed for all to read. Your pathetic whinings will be there as a warning to all humanity on what NOT to be, if you want to survive in this world.

Now, you may say, 'Why would i want to be 'cleansed' from humanity?' Why, this is an opportunity of a lifetime! You get to save humanity from unsuitable genes, as well as cutting back on the damage to the earth from irrelevant, useless lives. You will save the planet & humanity through your cleansing! This is an opportunity that no responsible inhabitant of earth can pass up.

Enter now! Don't delay! Win big! Your ancestors are depending on you to eulogize them as the most pathetic people group, ever!