Sadly, most people are Sheeple. Even some of those who claim to be freethinkers are being manipulated without their awareness thereof. 
Blindly following programmed lives, conditioned from birth, just as their parents were, for generations, to be worker-consumers. 
Nothing more, nothing less, just producing & consuming. 
Conditioned to be distracted by NFL, the latest episode of FRIEND's, & Lady Gaga, to see, much less care about what's really going on behind the scenes, to look beyond their bubbles, their comfort zone, to see the truth.
If they do see it, they make sure to never to look directly at it, it's not their problem, not their fight. 
As long as it doesn't directly effect them they ignore it like the dust in the corner.
Anyone starting to wake up yet? Hello out there, have your blinders come off yet?
You ask how thing have gotten to the point they're at now, I just told you.
Blind Eyes & Walled Hearts.
You ask why didn't anyone see this coming?
We did. We told you.
You didn't listen, didn't wanna hear.
You just lumped us in with the conspiracy nuts,
and refused the truth.

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Comment by Thomas Bear on March 5, 2017 at 9:13pm

BenGee - I've always had an artistic nature, which predominately was manifested in photography, & pen & ink.  I aced English/Lit. without hardly trying, but have never considered myself much a writer.  Just on occasion, something worth writing about comes to mind and generally writes itself.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 5, 2017 at 8:57pm

@Thomas Murray I was referring to Boghossian's book, A Manual for Creating Atheists.  It describes the process innovated by Peter and employed by others (Anthony Magnabosco particularly) to move people into a more rational pattern of thought.  It's a technique which takes understanding and patience and may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it is a tool we very much need in our toolboxes as a movement.

Comment by BenGee on March 5, 2017 at 8:53pm

Language is one of the richest most beautiful forms of art there is. I have a particular love of well spoken words, and the rich content and images they invoke. It is in my opinion the closest thing to magic in this world.

Comment by Thomas Bear on March 5, 2017 at 8:51pm

Thank you BenGee, I appreciate that.  It actually started as just a small bit of a conversation I had, that grew a small life of its own, & I felt compelled to share it across my social channels.

Comment by BenGee on March 5, 2017 at 8:38pm

I find that to be a beautiful set of words, however I'm not easily swayed by appeals to emotion. I do however think that people are being gas-lighted on a national scale. I worry about such strong and moving please to emotion as people who are won over by that lack the foundation to follow an intellectually aware course moving forward and often fall for utter craziness once freed from their shackles. Sometimes with religion for example I get the feeling it might be better some stay in the shelter of a relatively benign religion, rather than be loosed to fall for every cult and random flavor of the month ideology that comes along. I do not pretend to have the answers, I do sometimes worry about these things though. Still your words are like art. Thank you Thomas

Comment by Thomas Bear on March 5, 2017 at 8:32pm

Thomas Murray - Tried to respond earlier but am having issues w/ my comments posting.  I miss George, he will always be my fav, others may get in the ballpark, but none have the home run record he has.

I've said for a long time, that out of the vastness of 'known', much less what's unknown, it's awfully arrogant to assume that life evolved only on our little rock.  A few yrs back, they discovered life at th depths of the oceans that live in methane laden environment, and consume methane.  

Comment by Thomas Murray on March 5, 2017 at 7:58pm

Loren,

Where can I read more about this "Socratic technique of Peter Boghossian and the micro-inoculations" ?

Comment by Thomas Bear on March 5, 2017 at 3:48pm

Loren Miller - Yes, some do, such as myself.  However, I wasn't referring to religion, but to the current state of affairs of the U.S. of America.  Guess I should've clarified in the op.

Comment by Thomas Murray on March 5, 2017 at 10:29am

    " If it’s true that our species is alone in the universe, then I’d have to say that the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little."

George Carlin

Comment by Loren Miller on March 4, 2017 at 7:20pm

And yet people come out of the fog all the time.  People like Dan Barker, Seth Andrews, and Matt Dillahunty, all committed believers who, for one reason or another, started questioning and discovered that the pat answers they were getting didn't measure up.  And for those who haven't started questioning yet, there is the Socratic technique of Peter Boghossian and the micro-inoculations which can slowly but surely pull at least some of them from the faith delusion.

I've said it many times: this isn't a sprint; it's a marathon, and we have to hang with it.

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