Illusions

(Or fallacies. Call them what you will. Wrong-headed ideas many of us were raised with/taught.)

 

Men are strong.

Stronger

Braver

Smarter

Than women.

 

(Of course they are!)

 

Politicians are “smart”

Smarter than “the average” person

Certainly much smarter than me!

 

(Of course they are!)

 

Innovation is good

Technology will save us

 

We are free.

 

Of course we are!

 

(Not.)

 

Janet

p.s. the posting 'Patriarchy (again)' is probably a little bit relevant to this talk about illusions & fallacies. It certainly contains a mind-blowing poem that I recommend everyone read!

‘Quote of the day’ with this post: “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – James Baldwin

“Lies are infinite in number, and the truth so small and singular.” – from The Lacuna, a fascinating novel by Barbara Kingsolver (pg. 247)

“What concerns me is not the way things are, but rather the way people think things are.” – Epictetus

“The Barbarians are not at the gate. They hold the reins of power.” – Letter to the Editor of the Toronto Star, January 18/14.

“We tell lies when we are afraid … afraid of what we don’t know, afraid of what others will think, afraid of what will be found out about us. But every time we tell a lie, the thing that we fear grows stronger.” Science-fiction author Tad Williams, quoted in Deep Truth – Igniting the Memory of Our Origin, History, Destiny, and Fate, by Gregg Braden

“When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience, and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; culture-death is a clear possibility.” – Neil Postman

On the dangers of un-guided technology: “We are aboard a train which is gathering speed, racing down a track on which there are an unknown number of switches leading to unknown destinations. No single scientist is in the engine cab and there may be demons at the switch. Most of society is in the caboose, looking backward.” – Ralph Lapp, scientist-turned-writer