It’s like that here too. I’m in Tennessee. But I haven’t been to any place in the U.S. where I thought too many people were awake yet.
The hardest part about being awake and informed is feeling like you’re alone and isolated — especially among friends and family. You “get it,” and they simply don’t.
And since they’re your loved ones, you naturally try to wake them up.
However, as soon as you mention anything remotely outside the normal everyday jibber-jabber nonsense of entertainment minutiae you get met with one of two responses. (At least in my experience):
1. Anger (like you mentioned): “How dare you start talking about fractional reserve banking while we’re yammering about LeBron James’ 45 points last night, you buzzkill!? Go away!”
2. Blank Stares: “Now, uh… you’re saying the… uh CIA ships in, uh… what from, uh… Afghanistan, now? Uh, what are you talking about? What’s a CIA? What are poppies? Did you mean puppies? I’m so confused. Are you from Mars? I just want to watch Wheel of Fortune.”
I’ve learned more about how easy it is for tyranny to rise just by watching this simple phenomenon of human pyschology in action. Seeing firsthand how quickly normal folks will stick their heads in the sand as corruption grows in their backyard taught me much more than I could have ever learned sitting in a psychology classroom or reading a history book.
NorrinRadd, Infowars Comments 30 Comments
[3/1/2011 6:04:07 AM]
Fundie Index: -38
Submitted By: WickedWitch
Replace the conspiracy stuff with legitimate issues and he has a point.
3/1/2011 6:30:45 AM
I find this quite interesting, to be honest.
3/1/2011 7:17:24 AM
The silver surfer knows all
3/1/2011 7:28:29 AM
Maybe it's because everyone around you knows that you're a crazy, paranoid conspiracy nut. Maybe you need to run around screaming "WAKE UP SHEEPLE!!!"
3/1/2011 7:44:43 AM
You are correct, since most people care more about who wins on American Idol than they do about legitimate issues. But I think a lot of people use entertainment as escapism from legitimate issues which they're concerned about but can't control. Only someone who's depressed wants to constantly worry about every problem in the world without taking a break once in a while.
3/1/2011 7:47:11 AM
I is smarter than youse morans.
3/1/2011 10:34:40 AM
...Most of these guys have not travelled outside of their comfort zone. It's sad really because they replace the unpredictable nature of things... and categorize... ah..nevermind.....BAHAHHAAHHA! BAHHAAA...!
3/1/2011 11:05:09 AM
Maybe it's the tinfoil hat you wear that makes people not take you seriously.
3/1/2011 12:09:41 PM
Perhaps in TN many people believe that God will take care of everything, and that opposition to authority is ungodly and communist.
3/1/2011 12:12:45 PM
3/1/2011 1:13:27 PM
Balthazar The Wise
Unfortunately I have to agree that he somewhat has a point.
1. The Fed does have too much power.
2. The CIA, being secret, means that they could be doing literally anything.
3/1/2011 1:31:05 PM
This actually isn't all that conspiratorial. The banking system is fucked up, and god knows what the CIA's doing...
3/1/2011 4:59:41 PM
Wait, the CIA was and is involved in drug running and fractional reserve banking does create recessions and debt spirals. How is this conspiratorial in any way? Because he posted it on Infowars? Books and covers, people.
3/1/2011 7:04:31 PM
The CIA sneaking in puppies made me snigger...
3/2/2011 2:41:38 AM
I read about the afterlife
This really wasn't all that crazy.
3/2/2011 3:18:13 PM
Hey NorrinRadd. Stop with the Schrooms before you start thinking your DC comics Joker.
3/2/2011 7:17:59 PM
Bread and circuses. It goes back to Rome if not longer - of *course* the ruling elite distracts the people.
3/2/2011 10:06:02 PM
If you use so much conspiracy theory, maybe you took some valium
3/3/2011 2:54:59 AM
This isn't fundie at all. Are we being infiltrated by RIAAtards? We are next on their list
3/3/2011 7:02:08 AM
We must rise up and stop this horrible practice of letting the CIA ship puppies in from Afghanistan.
3/4/2011 2:05:48 PM
Raised by Horses
Still waiting for him to say something about the lizard people. (Or, y'know, just yell "WAKE UP AMERICA!")
Aside from that, he does have something of a point. People are generally too engaged by their soma of choice to consider these (largely non-conspiracy-theory) issues.
3/5/2011 9:08:20 AM
Is it wrong that I identify with this?
3/5/2011 11:45:25 AM
I don't believe I've ever seen a negative fundie index before...
Never mind a correct and justly awarded negative fundie index.
For a post from Infowars.
This is it. The end.
3/8/2011 2:41:05 AM
In all fairness, he does have a point. A lot of people in this country are willingly ignorant of a multitude of things, and apathetic about issues that are relevant.
And yes, it is easy for tyranny to rise with an ignorant or complacent nation. That is not saying the said tyranny is rising, but overall he does have a point.
3/11/2011 8:28:01 AM
@ Doubting Thomas
Only if people start talking about these things will people be informed enough to have the motivation to change the world.
3/12/2011 5:20:19 PM