We claim we want politicians to be honest and tell us the truth. This is a lie.
Because few who challenge humanity’s ever present popular delusions such as
- Homophobia, female genital mutilation, and other sexual hysterias
- Religious superstitions
- Centuries of deficit spending
- Weapons of mass destruction to defend patriotism
- Overpopulating Earth
win election during the height of these human blind spots.
It is the norm for the public to not only punish or avoid those who tell such truths, but to also reward candidates who mirror the destructive lies of our time and place.
Active, big-minded, informed rationalism is so very valuable because it is statistically rare.
Widespread disdain for reason explains why some scientists predict humans may soon vanish. Along with the increasing number of other species we drive into extinction.