The further to the left or the right you move, the more your lens on life distorts.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

A Thanksgiving Thought

On this Thanksgiving Day, there's plenty to be thankful for, even with "covidiocy" and roiled presidential politics that have pervaded 2020. So yes, be thankful, but also be wary of those who want to transform our country, not for the better, but for their own considerably less than noble purposes.

Throughout the year and on the political front, we've seen behavior that is so extreme it can be astounding. Any comment that opposes "woke" thought is deemed by some to be "unsafe." Any action that doesn't perfectly conform to woke orthodoxy (an ever-changing target) can evoke outrage. Any person who suggests a different world view is automatically deemed a "racist" or "nazi."  The year has demonstrated that Social Justice Warriors have no sense of humor ... none. They live in a dark world of anger and accusation, hatred and fear. 

Throughout the year and on the public health front, we've seen policies and behavior that are so extreme it is frightening. A form of mass hysteria has gripped a significant percentage of the population, leading weak and stupid politicians to jettison real science and set policy that is at best nonsensical and at worst, destructive to lives and livelihoods. We've seen schools closed, businesses shuttered, and petty tyrants dictating public health policy that is as ridiculous and it is ineffective. Catastrophists are gripped by self-imposed isolation. They live in a dark world of fear, uncertainty and doubt. They are perfectly willing to insist that their self-imposed dread should be a reason to control the lives of those who are less fearful.

Now we hear a president-elect talk about "unity." But as we will surely see in the coming year, "unity" will be defined by the Left as total agreement (a.k.a. capitulation) with their ideas and proposed policies, no matter how ill-informed or ineffective or costly those policies are. But I suppose we can be thankful that Joe Biden has at least used the word "unity."

As Biden and the Woke ascend to a position of power, this Thanksgiving thought is worth heeding ... 

“If you can’t control your own emotions, you’re forced to control other people’s behaviour, That’s why the touchiest, most oversensitive and easily upset must not set the standard for the rest of us.”  John Clease