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17. Wow, he saw it coming.
Wed Jan 19, 2022, 10:24 AM
Jan 2022

"Unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true."

I really think religion promotes this kind of thinking. I feel good when I sing in church therefore the religion must be true. It makes me happy to think there is life after death so my religion must be true. Thinking of a god makes me feel safe and secure so it must be true. It's all about feelings, no thought out evidence supported beliefs. Religion is all based on magical thinking.

When an economic system starts to fail, and the wealth of nations is accumulated in just a few hands, that society collapses too. An economic system has to be constantly circulating the wealth to be able to support a society. When it stops circulating and gets captured at the top by Kings, Queens, Slave Masters, Plantation owners, Princes, billionaires, dictators and CEOs, then it stagnates and starts to crumble.

With this obvious failure of the economy to support everyone, comes magical thinking because effort, work and mastery of technical issues do not bring any wealth. The only route remaining to gain enough wealth to survive is luck. The luck to be born the right color. The luck to be born to the right rich woman. The luck to be born to the the right family. The luck to have picked the right career path. The luck to kiss up to the right king. The luck to be born without a conscious to be able to spread lies without blinking.

When luck is the only thing that gains you success then all sorts of magical, feel good thinking seems to be justified. No one can control luck but we all hope for some because hard work and accomplishments mean nothing when the economy is failing.

There's a biblical passage that springs into my mind sometimes: there's nothing new under the sun captain queeg Jan 2022 #1
It's from Ecclesiastes 1:9 which is wnylib Jan 2022 #9
Yeah I get some of those auto corrects like that captain queeg Jan 2022 #11
Well, that's because Sagan IS Satan! krispos42 Jan 2022 #19
Oh dear. I fear that my phone is wnylib Jan 2022 #21
Ecclesiastes is one of my favorite OT books because it pounds on the illusions that PatrickforB Jan 2022 #26
Most people regard Ecclesiastes as wnylib Jan 2022 #28
Wow, is THAT a blast from the past! I read Dragons of Eden in the way-back-when - PatrickforB Jan 2022 #30
I read it back in the mid 1980s wnylib Jan 2022 #31
Yes, I belong to a Noetic Sciences discussion group that meets one Saturday a month. PatrickforB Jan 2022 #32
Ecclesiastes 1:9 Lonestarblue Jan 2022 #10
Wish that I could give this more than 1 ChazII Jan 2022 #2
The dumbing down of America: Auggie Jan 2022 #3
Sadly, Delphinus Jan 2022 #4
When Democracy gets in the way of Income Streams... Bourgeois Liberal Jan 2022 #24
Must agree Rebl2 Jan 2022 #33
Full quote at end of show (excellent): erronis Jan 2022 #5
Thanks for the quote. Wow - he was right on! TheRickles Jan 2022 #8
An accurate description of social decay. wnylib Jan 2022 #13
And Republicans are not finished dumbing down America. Lonestarblue Jan 2022 #14
Think about that last sentence though. plimsoll Jan 2022 #16
Sagan was prescient, an intellectual equal to Michelangelo, but why less celebrated is itself Alexander Of Assyria Jan 2022 #18
Thanks, was getting ready to search for "Carl Sagan quotes" KS Toronado Jan 2022 #15
Tnx, I was just gonna turn on "Notes" and use the voice recognition to type out the quote mitch96 Jan 2022 #27
Yikes. The guy nailed it long ago captain queeg Jan 2022 #29
K&R UCmeNdc Jan 2022 #6
KNR niyad Jan 2022 #7
Kick dalton99a Jan 2022 #12
Wow, he saw it coming. Farmer-Rick Jan 2022 #17
K & R...nt Wounded Bear Jan 2022 #20
A "celebration of ignorance". That's it. We stopped ... Whiskeytide Jan 2022 #22
Superstition, tradition, and all sorts of fixed ideas... ananda Jan 2022 #23
An amazing man.. mountain grammy Jan 2022 #25
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