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|User Info||Spare Me The Outrage....; entered at 2017-10-11 15:45:43|
Our toxic culture/society offers all the old vices and a whole set of new wrinkles on them, and proves that while you can't cheat an honest man, the supply of dishonest ones is a sea of endless opportunity for the unscrupulous.|
Showbiz moms pandering their sons and daughters? How's that different than Munchhausen's Syndrome by Proxy, which today offers us the previously unimaginable prospect of a mother getting attention by insisting her son is a girl tranny, possibly to the point where physicians will lop off his genitals and inject him with estrogen...with GOVERNMENT APPROVAL!!) Women using their bodies for advancement? Old as sin itself. Marks lining up to give their money to Madoff based on his "stellar returns?" Nothing new, just that the scope of today's Ponzi is so large that only cranks call it by its right name.
If you strip away all the obfuscation and lies people tell themselves, what we have is 50 years of growing belief that we can have our cake and eat it too, that we can be hedonists yet chaste, stupid and wise, throw caution to the wind yet risk-averse, and above all, that compounded returns can continue forever because all the IOU's issued by the right hand were bought by the left.
You nailed this whole thing a long time ago with the lily pond analogy. I prefer Prechter's Socionomic Hypothesis for explaining why the human herd stands quietly cropping grass while the firestorm encircles it, but the outcome is the same. Pathologically trusting, pathologically complacent, pathologically open, and above all Pathologically BOVINE. We get the world to which our neighbors consent, and the process by which they awaken and stampede does not respond to outside entreaty. No PowerPoint, no blog, no new report will affect the timing of when this supervolcano erupts. But erupt it will.
Is the last 50 years (esp. since 1981/82) just Idiocracy-in-Action? The IQ of America is known to be declining.