Americans seem determined to be a stupid as possible. And they have succeed admirably.
And the rest of the world seems to be following their example. The American Way of Life (actually a way of death) is infectious. Because it is so simple, as I said in a recent posting Obama has Taken Advantage of America - where I accidently stumbled on a label for it – the Topsy-Turvy World. Where everything is the exact opposite of what it seems to be.
The emotional appeal of this is irresistible. We get the satisfaction of being good – when we are actually being bad (what we actually want to be). And not only that – we can make money doing this.
This is possible because our minds conceive of opposites as being the same thing – and can easily confuse the two. We have always been this way, but until now common sense has usually kept the two separate. We have now found a way of overriding this – to our great detriment. But to our topsy-turvy minds it seems to be to our great advantage.
Actually, as much as I hate to admit it, this is not a new idea. Freud touched on it in his Civilization and Its Discontents. But he didn’t dare offend his readers by accusing them of being stupid – and liking to be that way. Even though the Nazis were all around him – and doing just that. As a result, all his four sisters – women in their late seventies, died in Nazi concentration camps.
People have often been stupid – but now we cannot tell the difference.