In much of the human landscape, feelings trump facts
Great presentation, sir. I have spent my life in absolute amazement at the confounding crap and nonsense people are willing and/or want to believe.
I don't have a fancy education. My dad was a machine designer. Mom a nurse. Just normal go to work folks.
I announced at age 13 that I was leaving the church because all I saw was parishioners who were nice on Sundays and assholes Monday through Saturday. My folks were silent..then they just said "OK". About a year later they stopped attending. We never mentioned religion again. They never made a reference to "God". They rarely criticised others. They had lots of friends of differing "faiths". We talked at the dinner table each night about all manner of other subjects. Critical thinking and finding something interesting or nice to say about a coworker or neighbor was normal.
Wasn't I a lucky kid!
Now I am going to read Fantasyland.
Excellent post Penfist. I too am going to read Fantasyland. As a nurse during the Covid pandemic I was blown away by the conspiracy theories and general stupidity around it. “Covid was a hoax started by the democrats to ruin the economy for the election”, “The vaccine carries a microchip so Bill Gates can track everyone “, just to name a few. Covid patients taking their final breaths and still denying Covid exists has to be the ultimate in Covid Fantasyland. Their ill fated beliefs killed many of them and nearly caused our health care system to collapse.