At the age of 13, my parents removed the white veil from their marriage to reveal darkness and extremely well hidden truth: My father didn’t want to be married to my mother, and my mother reacted to it by projecting my father’s transgressions, and her hatred for him and men in general, on me after their divorce. My reaction? I rebelled against all authority. My lower-middle-class storybook family life was a lie. My trust and faith in the only thing that had really mattered to me for 13 years was destroyed.
One of the hardest lessons for anyone to learn in life is that blind trust and faith always equals fail. Skepticism, wariness, doubt… These are the tools with which an individual can mitigate the potential destructive forces that dot the landscape of life. Questioning everything, and giving no quarter to blind trust in anything or anyone, is what has kept me alive from the age of 13 until today. Now, at the age of 55, and with 42 years of life experiences -many of which I would never wish upon anyone- I’m extremely jaded and distrustful of everyone and everything. It’s my distrust that keeps me alive.
I learned a long time ago that evidence and facts are the cornerstone of logical and reasoned thinking. No evidence? No facts? No trust. Period. And even if evidence and facts exist in support of, or against any particular person, idea, or thing… The wisest course of action is to be cautious and willing to adapt to new evidence and facts, if and when they become evident. It is with this in mind that I offer you the worldwide social, political and religious events of the last 75 years to consider. The results of these events, in my humble opinion, have led the world to the very real possibility of human extinction within, what may be left of, my lifetime. Consider the evidence and facts that I think support my current opinion… Religious and political terrorism, the world wide rise of populist fascistic nationalism, political demagogues, corporate monopolies, bigotry, racism, tribalism, income inequality, the assault on women’s reproductive rights… Add to this ever-growing-list of human societal ills, the very real and indisputable fact of global climate change. Now… Take a moment to consider this… There are eight sovereign nation states that, combined, possess 10,300 nuclear warheads capable of destruction on a scale never seen in human history. And every one of these eight sovereign nation states have harbored, or currently harbor, some form of ill will toward one another. (The mere existence of these weapons of mass destruction is the result of their development and use in WWII against Japan. Now add the biases and fears and any one of these eight nation states might deploy them at any time. Preemptively or defensively)
Trust? Faith? Fail.
Blind Trust, Faith = Demagogue = Human Extinction
In the United States, 26% of eligible voters voted for Donald Trump in the November 2016 presidential election. 48% of eligible voters didn’t vote for either presidential candidate. In effect, a minority 26% of eligible voters were empowered by a majority 48% of eligible voters to gleefully hand over the keys of the U.S. nuclear arsenal to a man who many (including those of his own party) feel is woefully unfit to hold the presidency. Never mind the ridiculous number of outright lies, misinformation, re-directs, projection, and chicanery perpetrated by Trump and his campaign team. As horrific as they are, few people have addressed his competence to be the leader of the free world, or for that matter, arguably the most powerful leader in the world. Although there are a few psychiatrists who have undertaken distant evaluation and diagnosis of Trump, the mainstream media has yet to seriously question his mental stability… Even after 50 members of Trump’s own party (GOP) questioned his temperament.
Blind Trust, Faith… 48% of eligible voters either didn’t care or couldn’t make up their mind, giving 26% of eligible voters license to essentially rule the world by leveling the muzzle of the U.S. nuclear arsenal into the face of the world. 59,705,000 U.S. citizens—a portion of which hold serious xenophobic, racist, bigoted, fascist, fundamentalist and dominionist christian beliefs—have given the most lethal form of weaponry man has ever devised to a man who can only recite “I’ll be great for _______” and who is so easily slighted by any form of criticism that he feels the need to broadcast his mentally unstable anguish in 140 character bursts of extreme childish insecurity. 26% of eligible voters believed 100% of the lies. Now the world will pay for it.
Blind Trust, Faith = Fail
Blind Trust, Faith = Demagogue = Human Extinction
Here’s your Week in Freethought History: This is more than just a calendar of events or mini-biographies – it’s a reminder that, no matter how isolated and alone we may feel at times, we as freethinkers are neither unique nor alone in the world. Last Sunday, September 30, but in 1452, the first book printed […]