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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #131)

Thu Jan 5, 2017, 08:12 PM

145. Judgement and Strength. Their answers to confusion and fear.

Conservatives, especially those who stayed in rural areas when given the opportunity to leave, just want things to stay the same. They are in small and obscure enough communities that if there's a job there, they can "work hard" and still have enough to go out with their friends and have a good time on the weekend. And they're isolated enough they can settle down into a comfortable routine and rarely get surprised or have to face something that may challenge their personal. The rest of the world pretty much leaves them alone for the most part; so their primary interaction with anything they're not familiar with or anyone they don't personally know is either through TV or through something the government brings to their county because something needs to be addressed.
Their chosen church gives them comfort, tells them it's never their fault when things go wrong, because their real reward is in heaven and everything in this world is a test of their faith. That the very human and most likely sinful man (or woman) who stands behind the pulpit somehow mystically "knows" the mind, words and judgment of a being that supposedly created the universe in its entirety, a universe more diverse and extending far, far beyond the small communities the parishioners inhabit.

And this "mouthpiece of the Lord" that tells them they're God's Special Warriors supposedly knows more and is more holy than that other preacher in that other church two miles down the main drag...who's a straight up hypocritical blasphemer going to hell, don't-cha-know...

Personally, I have always felt that the greatest blasphemy any person can make of a supposedly Omnipotent Creator God is to pretend to be that God's chosen mouthpiece, protector, and enforcer.
Doesn't matter who you claim to follow; if you put yourself up in God's chair to tell people what to do and how to live their lives, that's stealing Divinity from your God.

These Conservatives choose to have a life that's "simple". That doesn't require them to be curious or have to consider a larger reality. They want to be able to get the level of tools and technology to be comfortable, then shut the rest of the world out so they can claim to be real people - American frontiersmen - even though they really don't know what it means to truly be on one's own without the rest of the world available to provide support, and most wouldn't be able to survive scavenging on their own in the wild more than a couple months.

They'd rather be slaves of the big family on the big hill throwing them a few crumbs and the protection from consequences as long as they do what "s/he" tells them, than to be out on their own and take responsibility for their own thoughts and actions.

And I'm saying this a born in tie-dye hippy liberal, who grew up learning enough about living in the wild, I'm still pretty sure that if you dropped me in the typical North American wild 100 miles from nowhere buck nekkid, I can survive a winter and wildlife with rocks, branches, vines/plant fiber, clay and whatever else is out there -
That is, of course, so long as you dropped me off in that state around May during temperate summer-like weather to gather food and make tools from whatever is around, a sturdy shelter, and some articles of coverings that can be used as shoes and clothes.
It takes curiosity and the courageous willingness to examine options and be open and flexible to survive with nothing but your wits.

I doubt most of these "Hard Working, Real American" corn-fed country boys so proud of being rural could last more than a couple weeks in the wild in the summer without bringing along tools to begin with - their guns, knives, lighters, modern clothing - and whatever else is in the precious he-man prepper "bug out" kits their Conservative con men are telling them they need to buy to protect themselves and their comfortable, white bread lifestyle against the nasty Liberals who will turn them Gay, Atheist-Muslim-Buddhist, and take away their Guns and give all their stuff to those dark people who live in the Ghettos, driving Cadillacs and pimping their kids.

Haele


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