The Progressive Power of Magical Thinking

WE’VE GONE MAGICAL.

I LIKE TO LOOK AT SYMPTOMS. I BELIEVE SYMPTOMS ARE FAR MORE REVEALING TO REALITY THAN EFFECTS. 

WHEN YOU FIND THE CAUSE OF A DISEASE YOU LOOK AT THE SYMPTOM AND THEN INTERPRET CAUSES TO THOSE SYMPTOMS.

SO WHEN I SEE GROWN ADULTS DECLARING THEY ARE ENGAGED IN MAGICAL THINKING, I SEE THIS AS A SYMPTOM THAT SOCIETY IS ACTUALLY REGRESSING, NOT PROGRESSING.

FOR EXAMPLE. MANY PEOPLE THINK TRANSGENDERISM IS PROGRESSIVE, THE CHOOSING ONE’S SEXUALITY IS RIGHT, AND THEREFORE, PROGRESSIVE; THAT BELIEVING HUMAN BEINGS CAN CONTROL THE EARTH’S WEATHER OR ALTER ITS COURSE, IS PROGRESSIVE. 

BUT IF YOU SUBSTITUTE THE WORD PROGRESSIVE WITH MAGICAL, YOU WOULD BE MORE ACCURATE IN DESCRIBING THE SYMPTOMS OF SOCIETAL REGRESSION. IN FACT, YOU COULD VERY WELL CALL THE PROGRESSIVE PARTY THE PARTY OF MAGIC. 

PEOPLE LIKE AOC, JOY BEHAR, AND ALL OF THOSE OTHER SMART PEOPLE, MICHAEL MOORE, THE PROGRESSIVE ACTORS, ALL SUBSCRIBE TO MAGICAL THINKING, WHICH IS A REALITY THAT RUNS CONTRARY TO LONG HELD, INTELLECTUALLY RECOGNIZED UNIVERSAL TRUTHS.

HERE ARE SOME GREAT EXAMPLES OF MAGICAL THINKING, IDEAS THAT ARE EMBRACED AS FACT, EVEN THOUGH THERE IS OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE TO SUGGEST OTHERWISE:

– SEXUAL IDENTITY IS A CHOICE, NOT BIOLOGICAL

– MANKIND HAS THE POWER TO CHANGE THE EARTHS TEMPERATURE 

– THAT FREE MARKET TRADE AND BUSINESS IS INHERENTLY UNFAIR, BUT THAT STEALING FROM THOSE WHO PRODUCE AND GIVING IT TO THOSE WHO DON’T IS “FAIR”

– THAT WEALTHY PEOPLE ARE WEALTHY BECAUSE THEY STOLE THE MONEY FROM POOR PEOPLE

– THAT IN ADDITION TO EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, EVERYONE IS ALSO ENTITLED TO EQUAL OUTCOMES

– THAT A BAY IS NOT A BABY UNTIL IT TAKES ITS FIRST BREATH, BUT THAT IT IS CRUEL TO EXECUTE A MURDERER BECAUSE EVERY LIFE IS PRECIOUS

– THAT AMERICA WAS BUILT UPON SLAVERY WHEN EVERY COUNTRY ON THE PLANET ALSO HAD SLAVERY, AND THAT AMERICA WAS ONE OF THE FIRST COUNTRIES TO WORK TOWARDS ABOLISHING SLAVERY

-THAT PEOPLE ARE NOT REALLY EVIL, JUST SUFFERING FROM A MENTAL OR EMOTIONAL DISORDER THAT CAN BE TREATED IF GIVEN ENOUGH MEDICINE

– THAT THE UNIVERSE CAME INTO EXISTENCE ON ITS OWN AND WITHOUT ANY PURPOSE, AND LIFE ITSELF IS RANDOM CAUSE AND EFFECT

– THAT EVERYONE HAS “THIER OWN TRUTH.”

ENOUGH EXAMPLES?

IN EACH OF THESE CASES, PEOPLES MINDS ARE SETTLED ON CONCEPTS BECAUSE THEY “FEEL RIGHT,” AND FEELINGS ARE EQUALLY VALID TO LOGIC.

IN MOST CASES AND WITHOUT ANY SCIENTIFIC BASIS, PEOPLE ARE MADE TO BELIEVE THEY CAN CHANGE REALITY, AS IN THE CASE OF TRANSGENDERISM AND CLIMATE CHANGE, OR REDEFINE REALITY, AS IN SAYING EVIL DOESN’T EXIST, ITS JUST A DISEASE TO DO BAD THINGS. PEOPLE WHO THINK MAGICALLY ARE ALMOST ALWAYS DRIVEN BY EMOTION, THEY FEEL BAD, AND AND IN DOING SO, CONTRIBUTE TO FIXING THE PROBLEM.

MAGIC THINKERS ARE EASILY MANIPULATED BY SMARTER MAGICAL THINKERS, BUT IN EITHER CASE, IF YOU ATTEMPT TO USE LOGICAL TO EXPLAIN THE ERROR OF THIER REASONING, YOU WILL BE ACCUSED OF BEING ANY NUMBER OF THINGS, EACH A PERCEIVED EVIL BASED ON THIER OWN EMOTION, SUCH AS YOU ARE A RACIST, YOU ARE A BIGOT, YOU ARE A DENIER, YOU HATE THE WORLD, OR YOU ARE A BULLY.

SO WHAT DOES ALL OF THIS DO TO MY ORIGINAL POINT ABOUT SOCIETAL REGRESSION?

IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THERE IS A GROWING SUBSET OF PEOPLE, MOSTLY FROM WEALTHY COUNTRIES, WHO ARE DISPLAYING SYMPTOMS OF A KIND OF “GROUP INSANITY,” ADOPTING NEW IDEAS OR BELIEF SYSTEMS THAT ARE CONTRARY TO ACCEPTED REALITY. 

SCOTT PECK CALLED THEM “THE PEOPLE OF THE LIE,” A SOCIAL REINFORCEMENT MECHANISM THAT PROMOTES GROUP-THINK ACCEPTANCE SO THAT NO SINGLE INDIVIDUAL HAS TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR BEING RIGHT, THEY JUST NEED TO AGREE TO BE ACCEPTED, AND BEING ACCEPTED IS ONE OF THE MOST INNATE DRIVES A HUMAN BEING CAN HAVE. 

ITS WHY PEOPLE BURNED WITCHES AT THE STAKE, ITS WHY WHEN OBAMA SAYS RACISM IS IN OUR DNA, EVERYONE AGREES WITH HIM, EVEN THOUGH THERE IS NO SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THE NOTION THAT RACIAL BIGOTRY IS IN OUR GENETIC CODE…ITS WHY PEOPLE BELIEVE THE SEAS ARE RISING EVERY YEARM, EVEN THOUGH NO ONE SEEMS TO BE FLOODING AT SEA LEVEL (WHICH IS THE SAME EVERYWHERE).

ITS WHY HALF THE COUNTRY THINKS TRUMP IS A RACIST, RAPIST, HATER OF MUSLIMS AND PURE EVIL, DESPITE THE FACT THAT HIS POLICIES HAVE HELPED MOST EVERYONE WHO HATES HIM.

ITS MAGICAL THINKING, NOT THE KIND OF THINKING WHEN YOU WERE A KID AND YOU HOPED DADDY WOUD BE HOME SOON, OR THAT YOU WOULD GET A BICYCLE FOR CHRISTMAS. NO THIS KIND OF MAGICAL THINKING LULLS YOU INTO ACCEPTING AN IDEA WITHOUT PROOF, AND DRILLING THE IDEA INTO YOU HEAD SO MUCH THAT YOU SIMPLY AGREE FOR FEAR OF BEING OSTRACIZED.