Over on WUWT, I posted a comment about an impact event being the best solution to all the “odd bits” about the Younger Dryas.
Then, tonight, watching an NCIS episode ( where “Bad Abby” almost launches a Sarin gas attack in a stadium) I talked to the spouse about knowing how to kill thousands of people and not get caught (as part of a “Why Good Abby doesn’t want to play Bad Abby and why I’m like Abby” discussion). Somewhere along the way, I mentioned the “soap to explosives” process:
Later attempts at “discussion” were shut down with “This isn’t about explosives and dish soap is it?” and similar.
That is a common dynamic between us. I have something I understand, in great depth, that has importance. She wants to shut down communications as it has an element that is not cookies and light and Disney. I love her for her very positive attitude, but at times, the rejection of reality is a big painful hit to the face. You would think that a spouse who knows you have a blog, would actually read it, but as near as I can tell, nobody in my family bothers…
So that raises the question of just when do you bother to speak truth to the vacuum?
When do you say “Hey, I KNOW what is true.”?
For whatever reason, my spouse does not want to hear me on anything with negative emotional loading. Oh Well.
Then she wonders why it puts distance between us. Oh Well, again.
So do I LIE for effect? I’m very good at that, if needed… But have never found it really needed, so avoid it.
“The Incredible Power Of Stupid” is very very strong. Just when do you take up arms against it? Really?
My daughter is hard core “left” near as I can tell. We don’t talk much. Since I was not supportive of some of the wacky things she wanted to believe, we’ve grown more distant. Never mind that she now is doing things I said were more reasonable… I wasn’t “supportive” of Strongly Left things she wanted to believe… that now she is not doing…
The Spouse is not happy with me for saying I could kill thousands and not get caught, even though it was in the context of a TV show about doing just that and even though I could do it, and even though I have no interest in doing it, but in fact work to prevent it… I’ve saved thousands of lives due to something I can not mention. But it comes from just such a “dark side” ideation, and then telling those who needed to know how to stop it.
Thus my present dilemma. Just when do you “speak truth to stupid”? Really. Is it just my lot to STFU and say nothing. Knowing that there are a large number of Stupid Forces out their trying to take down modernity? Do I just let the corruption infiltrate, even into my family, and not say a thing about it for PC reasons? Do I let the spouse tell me, in effect, to STFU, because reality causes her to be unhappy and a fantasy of NCIS & Blue Bloods is better?
No, I don’t have an answer.
I like “Cop Shows” too, so we sit in silence and watch the empty pass by…
The reality is that there is a very limited amount of reality that most folks are willing to accept. It is far far less than the fantasy world they lap up by the gallon on “typical TV”.
There is, in fact, an “Incredible Power Of Stupid”, and it can not be defeated by truth, since truth requires the ability to perceive and understand. Properties “not in evidence” for the 50% of humanity who are below average. THAT is the thing that “The Left” have on their side. The incredible power of stupid. Something that can not be overcome with data, or argument, or understanding, as all those things are impervious to Stupid.