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  October 18, 2014

Failure and Illusion

Wolves eat opportunistically, clearing away the weak, injured, old, and no longer able to defend themselves, a measure that is proxy for ability to take constructive action and live according to natural demands One is called a curmudgeon if they point out things that don't work, have never worked, and will never work.

Its opposites are the neo-hippie who dreams of new world scenarios and then calls them true and attainable by virtue of once imagining them, and the priest who professes to be a messenger of invisible worlds and future promised lives he knows of through secret access reached by total obedience to hopeful belief and rejection of nature.

You can consider how past or present situations could have been easily changed from bad or banal to excellent, or envision tremendous future situations, but just as the past and present wasn't attained, the future will be similarly botched and offer little. The wretched and miserable becomes tolerated, which means ignored as reluctant background noise no one wants, yet accepts as imposed by forces of depravity.

Many people support an ideology, not because they believe it is true, but because they think advocating it provides a foothold of revenge against people they wish to harm and blame for personal failures.

In times of great dysfunction and inability, ideology detaches from reason and reality, instead offering magical solutions and soundbites to sooth the broken. There is a large audience of the unstable who silently rage within and will happily destroy the well constituted and all civilization for the perception or promise of selfish gain. A savvy political class aware of this constituency will gladly feed them illogical pleasing notions in exchange for loyalty.

Our politics and religion creep into language, corrupting and degrading it. We no longer find any cause, i.e. reason or functional aspect, but instead ascribe blame, a scapegoat symbol or powerless actor standing in for the actual cause, or defer action to a vague passive tense, e.g. "mistakes were made" without acknowledging reasons, poor judgment, or functional deficiencies.

from Hebrew: `azàzèl
1: a goat upon whose head are symbolically placed the sins of the people after which he is sent into the wilderness in the biblical ceremony of Yom Kippur
2 a: one that bears the blame for others
b: one that is the object of irrational hostility

"He shall take the two goats and present them before the LORD at the door of the tabernacle of meeting.
"Then Aaron shall cast lots for the two goats: one lot for the LORD and the other lot for the scapegoat.
"And Aaron shall bring the goat on which the LORD'S lot fell, and offer it as a sin offering.
"But the goat on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat shall be presented alive before the LORD, to make atonement upon it, and to let it go as the scapegoat into the wilderness.
[Leviticus 16:7-10]

Anyone offering scapegoats is a fraud. The scapegoat is a substitute for knowledge and function, and if removed by death, brainwashing, entertainment, pharmaceuticals, imprisonment, or other enlightened policies, the same problems persist unchanged, only with different actors and a costume change as some switch from victimized sheep into feasting wolves now confident they can exert advantage and deserve to oppress others.

Priests of the scapegoat tradition claim the offering of an illusion allows people to vent frustration and excuses, exhausting false explanations and madness until the subject becomes comfortable starting anew without mental crutches diverting their will from productive and sensible ends.

The promulgation and promotion of scapegoat thinking suggests the entire concept should be unceremoniously mocked, tagged with GPS radios, and exiled to the deep desert to be tracked whenever it emerges to menace civilization.

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