Demagoguery

Pointing a finger at other individuals and groups feels so good, that it is often a power tool to form, grow, and unite one group against others – in order to divide, conquer, and rule.

When based upon illogical premise, these self-righteous group frenzies are called demagoguery, and are led by demagogues.

An example being the many who overpopulate Earth while moralizing or legislating against non-reproductive sexualities, such as gays, onanism, or abortion.

Another being the two dominant u.s.a. political parties running the national debt ever higher, while both still fund an enormous military.  As they and their supporters endlessly point fingers at each other.

Dividing all of humanity against itself is yet another demagoguery.  We call it patriotism.  We even hire many to lead us in this pursuit, offering great tribute to militarily protect us from ourselves divided.

Introspection, concepts, ideas, principles, philosophy, and explorations of human nature (such as this blog) tend to be less popular because:

  1. They require time-consuming informed reason.  Demagoguery fuel is emotion, self-righteousness, and ignorance.  Which are quick and plentiful substitutes for intellect.
  2. They result in dissent from illogical norms, which is uncomfortable, solitary, and attracts punishment.
  3. And because these point the finger toward ourselves.

We generally do not enjoy uniting under a banner of our own blemishes, but we certainly mob against others’ real or imagined flaws.

 

 

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Mankind have a great aversion to intellectual labor; but even supposing knowledge to be easily attainable, more people would be content to be ignorant than would take even a little trouble to acquire it. - Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) Twitter: @HyperIntellect
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One Response to Demagoguery

  1. osolynden says:

    Checking to see if a different ISP allows easy commenting. At my buddy’s house.

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