1.) Group think is much easier than having an individual abstract thought that is different than what the majority thinks. If we all just agreed then there would be no argument, ever. And making all of the arguments that we don’t agree with out to be wrong or bad or misguided makes our point more relevant and digestible to us. I remember in elementary school where being different was unique or a good thing, now it’s just not falling in line.
2.) Occupy Wall Street was a good movement, perhaps. It included all the poor class(es) perhaps. It was against the upper class perhaps. It did not divide the poor individuals by race, gender, nationality, or creed, perhaps. It was the 99% against the 1% perhaps. That’s America mothertrucker! Alas, the 1% own the media; the media stopped covering the Occupy Movement, now they tell us things like flamethrowers are for peace, so is punching, perhaps.
3.) Most people have passionate feelings about Trump, though they have never met him in person… So they don’t know him from Adam, aside for what certain secondhand accounts paints him. That is more weird than Trump himself. I don’t know you, someone who doesn’t know describes you to me, I know everything about you apparently from what they tell me about you: same thing. I don’t believe in polls. I don’t believe in advertisements. I believe in empirical experience. Did I see it? Most people have strong opinions of Trump and they have never met Trump. He is an easy distraction. He is easy to dislike, perhaps a group thought.
4.) While all are fighting to protect everything they hold near and dear– identities, everyone else’s identities, rights, freedoms, livelihoods, neighborhoods, peace, and jobs, by fighting–demonstrators are out there doing what they say they are against. Ideology is an important aspect of any movement, I once thought. Not really sure. These actions disenfranchise all of our rights. These actions put our freedoms at more danger than anything.
5.) People are crazy. Ever watch a garden grow into a salad? Ever mow the grass and see it come back again the same? Ever watch a sun set on a Sunday? The news should be on this stuff. I have never been to North Korea, that place is fine with me. I have never been to Russia–I have met a russian, all that is fine with me. It’s all good. Crazy people assume a stance given to them by the very people they dislike and go with it, even if it doesn’t work a million times over.
6.) These are just things I notice when I think. I am defending and denouncing no one. I am merely positing abstract thought to think about. No need to take it as fact or persuasion. I think thinking is good. I think having different ideas and questioning conventional-now wisdom is a fantastic practice, and healthy. Why not ask why the sky is blue, or why the earth is round, or why global warming is going to drown us all? Think about it… Texas Toast doesn’t have to be made in Texas to be called Texas Toast.