What Is Up? What Is Down?   2 comments

Photo-Artistry by kenne

Why is it that so often today, “up” can become “down” and “down” can become “up?” Frequently, politicians
and the media represent themselves as conveying accurate information, even though they are not
involved in that activity. Instead, they are attempting through their words and phrases to manipulate
the opinions and attitudes of the listener. In doing so, they are indifferent to whether what they say
is true or whether it is false; therefore, up can be down, and down can be up.

Most people can recognize such indifference as the hallmark of “bullshit.” Even so, the bullshitter
may continue to make the case, in complete disregard for the truth, that the evidence for a specific
position is conclusive, and that there can be no further reasonable question of whether the position is true.

As the uncertainty concerning whether a position is true or not diminishes, resistance to accepting the position evaporates.
The listener is freed of doubt anxieties, finally becoming relaxed and confident
– a feeling of being “all-knowing.”
This can be despite the over-mounting ridiculousness of their claims – a trafficker in the absurdity.

— kenne

Posted October 31, 2010 by kenneturner in Art, Commentary

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2 responses to “What Is Up? What Is Down?

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  1. “Most people can recognize such indifference as the hallmark of “bullshit.””

    I disagree with this.

    “As the uncertainty concerning whether a position is true or not diminishes, resistance to accepting the position evaporates.”

    Intellectually, maybe. It tends to become more and more an emotional battle on the political front.

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  2. Reblogged this on Becoming is Superior to Being and commented:

    The world is full of so much “bullshit.” This posting was first published on October 31, 2010. — kenne

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