We all know people who just can’t stop talking about politics. “Obama is the Devil!” “Bush is the Devil!” “Trump wears a squirrel wig!”.
Well, I don’t give a shit who you like or don’t like. Keep it to yourself! For good reason…
You Don’t Matter, Neither Does Anyone You Know
Unless you have a bully pulpit, even if you convinced a new person every single day of the year (which you never would), an extra few hundred people won’t matter in the least. Yeah, I just said that your vote doesn’t count. And I’m not even kidding. Let me give you an example why.
In 2012 the US had a national Congressional election to fill 435 House Districts across the entire country. The Democratic candidates won over the Republicans by a combined margin of 1,417,278 votes. This might lead one to believe that the Democrats won a majority of the 435 seats, but they did not. Instead, the Republicans won 234 seats, so the Democratic Party was the clear loser.
The reasons for this are well documented, so no need to go into them here. Suffice it to say that there is no such thing as direct democracy. All your gum flapping won’t amount to a hill of beans. If you really want to change anything you need to get off your ass and actually do something about it. (ie – get yourself elected and try and change the system). Good luck with that.
First of all, why do you think that you think the way you do? I mean, you know there is a reason, right? You think your parents instilled your values in you? Or your school? Or coach? Well, tell me genius – where did they pick it up?
The media. That’s where.
Here’s the deal. I’ve got a million dollars. Whatever hard core belief you think you have, if I spent the money to hire 10 of the smartest people I could find, for $100,000 each, and gave them only a single mission – change that belief! I guarantee you, they will.
It’s called lobbying. It works. Why else would doctors promote smoking for decades when it’s so damn obvious that shit can’t be good for anyone?
Point is, whatever you’re flapping your gums about is probably something you’re parroting that someone on TV was preaching about (maybe me). Or that you read in a newspaper. Or even here on this damn blog. They aren’t even your original thoughts! And as such, you don’t really know the origin of them or who exactly they are covertly benefiting.
Example: How do you know that all the fuss about Muslims doesn’t originate from a bunch of high paid think tank lobbyists paid for by the guys who make military weapons? I mean, why would they even dream of inciting people, riiiight?
At this moment there are around 15,000 lobbyists in Washington, DC alone! The number of people doing things to influence the way you think, and your elected representative think, is astounding! They outnumber actual politicians by around 10 to 1.
I mean come one. You really think you like Nike because… why? It has nothing to do with their $2.7 billion dollar annual ad spend, right?
You Can’t Prove Shit
Oh, I know you think you can prove there is / is not a God. But you can’t. “But I…” NOPE! “I’m telling you…” NA! “There is…” ZIP IT!
Let me explain something to you. The amount of physical mass in your cranium is so insignifigant compared to the vastness of just the KNOWN universe, that if I were to represent it as a percentage of all the mass that exists, I would have to put a .000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 – and I would have to hold the zero button down until I died. And even then it wouldn’t be enough zeros.
So there is no fucking way you can be absolutely certain about anything! And anything that was told to you by any other human being (living or dead) is just as dumb as you because they have just as many zeros standing between them and eternity.
This is only significant because nothing either side can say will ever, ever prove anything about God or religion in general. That means that people on all sides of the argument are choosing to believe what they think to be the most rational thing.
You’re Just Going To Make Someone Hate You
If you believe in God, you’re probably thinking, “Wow! Look how many people converted to my religion over the last few thousand years! Surely I can bag a few myself!” But let’s face it, talking ain’t what grew your religion! For example, Christianity spread like wildfire when it was enacted by a sovereign that you will believe or be killed!
You know what else helped? Colonizing indigenous people and killing all the non-believers, while convincing everyone else that the reason you won was because God was on your side.
But nowadays you don’t get to torture people into believing. The best shot you’ve got at creating more believers is to have offspring and raise them to think the way you do.
And for non-believers, it’s the same story!
You really think you’re going to talk someone out of believing in God? You have absolutely nothing to offer! Let me see, I can either choose to believe and await my everlasting reward in the afterlife… or I can choose not to believe – get nothing for it – and risk eternal damnation.
Plus, why would you want to even take away someone’s comforting belief? Do you know how good it feels to be able to turn all of your concerns over to some higher being and just go with the flow? You want to rob someone of their happiness and leave them empty inside? What kind of a sicko are you?
No One You Know Will Ever Have An Abortion!
Do you even know 1,000 people? I mean really know them. Can you tell me 1,000 people’s names who are your friend? The kind of friend who would talk to you about their sexual escapades? Because I’m a minor celebrity and I don’t know that many people!
Well, out of 1,000 people, about 18 will have an abortion. Oh, wait! Let’s be clear, when I was asking if you know 1,000 people I wasn’t including men, children, or old people. I’m asking if you know 1,000 women of child bearing age? Because only 18 of them are going to have an abortion. And that means the odds are very, very slim that you even know who you’re flapping your gums about! So STFU!
Stupid people will say:
- You: “It doesn’t matter if I know them or not. Wrong is wrong.”
Me: If you don’t know them, then why the hell are you talking to me about them? You are literally whining about a fictitious character! Someone, somewhere, is doing something “wrong” all the time! You talking about it isn’t going to change that! Shut up.
- You: “But what if I know someone who is going to have an abortion?”
Me: Bingo! You won the jackpot! I guess you can actually talk to that person directly! But when you preach to them like a douchebag, expect them to be thinking, “Oh hell yeah, I’m getting rid of this thing just to make sure it doesn’t turn out like this psycho.”
- You: “I know where the clinic is, so I know who is having abortions!”
Me: NO! You do not KNOW them! You do not know all of the human beings you see. Do you get that? If not, you are an idiot. Stop reading now.
Making Abortion Illegal Doesn’t Stop Abortions
Lets just get the statistics out of the way right up front. According to the Guttmacher Institute:
Highly restrictive abortion laws are not associated with lower abortion rates. For example, the abortion rate is 29 per 1,000 women of childbearing age in Africa and 32 per 1,000 in Latin America—regions in which abortion is illegal under most circumstances in the majority of countries. The rate is 12 per 1,000 in Western Europe, where abortion is generally permitted on broad grounds.
Arguments stupid people are going to make:
- You: “I’ve never heard of these Guttmacher people! They can’t be legit.
Me: Your ignorance in no way counts as proof. The stats are correct. So come up with a real argument.
- You: “Well, if you make it illegal fewer people will do it!”
Me: Dammit! Did you not just read that stat? Legality changes nothing, it just migrates abortions from “safe” to “unsafe” methods!
- You: “Well, if a woman is going to kill a baby, she deserves to die anyway. So who cares if it’s safe?”
Me: So let me see if I have this straight. You are OK will killing fully grown women. But not fertilized eggs?
Well, that’s it. If I offended you, sorry. If I didn’t, I’ll try harder next time. Go ahead and spout forth whatever thoughts you have in the comments. I’ll try and ignore them as best I can.
Richard Kemmett says
You make some very valid points about the influence that money can buy. They say money can’t buy happiness but it can sure buy lobbyists and PR firms that have heavy influence on the public perception on a given issue.
Mark Ashurst says
…but didn’t you just talk about Religion, Politics, and Abortion?
These are in fact important issues and worth having discussions on. You make some great points, but you are also reveling in cynicism and defeatism.
I would argue that we need more, not less, civil engagement in the issues that we are passionate about. The true problem is when people ascribe moral deficit to those that do not agree with them as is oft the case with the charged issues of Religion, Politics and Abortion.
It seems, maybe, that with the explosion of media outlets we can each seek out our own little echo chamber and have our point of view continually bolstered until we accidentally step out into the world and run into a real person. We then take offense at their assault on our delicately coiffured worldview and judge them a sociopath.
Ideas are powerful and contagious and do lead to real change, for both good and ill. As a blogger, I suspect you already know this. I shudder at the thought of a world where people are in fact unwilling to talk Religion and Politics.
Tu Ricky says
Money Talks is the worst thing that anyone can chose to talk at a party or on the dinner table …
I have tried once and will never do that again … :”((
Nam Ngô says
These are sensitive issues, should not say in that crowded
For the same reasons you should not talk about politics, you should not talk about religion. People actually begin wars and kill one another over conflicting religious views. Why would you discuss these things in public? Your religion is your religion you have every right to that, but I feel that not speaking about it is more of a precautionary measure for yourself.
JOHN DENINGER says
well put, like the way you think.
This truly is complex