Tuesday :: Oct 18, 2005

Open Thread


by Mary

Regarding a question on today's Gallup poll results.

Here's Howard's question:

in particular, republicans still support him tremendously. is the base rallying round in the face of bush's troubles? does the base like miers? does the base have a case of purple finger-itis?

or is just that the base is so delusional and in denial that nothing - absolutely nothing - penetrates.

Answer: yes, for too many of the true believers, nothing will be allowed to penetrate. Eric Hoffer explained this in his book: The True Believer.

All active mass movements strive, therefore, to interpose a fact-proof screen between the faithful and the realities of the world. They do this by claiming that the ultimate and absolute truth is already embodied in their doctrine and that there is no truth nor certitude outside it. The facts on which the true believer bases his conclusions must not be derived from his experience or observation but from holy writ. “So tenaciously should we cling to the world revealed by the Gospel, that were I to see all the Angels of Heaven coming down to me to tell me something different, not only would I not be tempted to doubt a single syllable, but I would shut my eyes and stop my ears, for they would not deserve to be either seen or heard.” To rely on the evidence of the senses and of reason is heresy and treason. It is startling to realize how much unbelief is necessary to make belief possible.

Your turn now.

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