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  •  They are blinding themselves on purpose (14+ / 0-)

    Imagine your family doctor tells you your youngest child is going to get incurable cancer in 5 years. It's not detectable yet, but the signs are unmistakeable it will happen. And no treatments now will change that.
    You're really not going to want to hear this, much less believe it. It's terrifying and you are utterly powerless to do anything about it. The passage of time now becomes a hated enemy, and you desperately tell yourself that it will NOT happen, and refuse to believe it will.
    Well, for the teabaggers and their ilk, global warming, loss of white majority in the US, eroding values of homes and pensions, rising prices of all your basic goods, morals changing to accept gays and abortions --- these are all frightening changes as horrible to them as the example above would be to you. They are being told they are coming (from both "liberal" media and Fox News), they can SEE are coming, and are terrified they will have to live in these new realities which they just can't accept, for whatever reason. So it's for their own comfort and sanity they deny all of it, pray for "end times" or an untracked asteroid to blow the planet to pieces, and frantically keep doing things and believing in "the way they used to be". Because to accept the futures that are coming means their way of life, their happiness, any point to their being alive, are done. They might as well be dead. In that context, believing in wild fabrications is preferable to accepting that your life is over.
    These people are living in deep fear. Forget reasoning, or giving facts, or producing hard data -- all you have to reply to their ranting is "Man, you are really afraid of how the world's changing." That will hit them right in the reality, and might even shut them up

    Ash-sha'b yurid isqat an-nizzam!

    by fourthcornerman on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 10:37:45 PM PST

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