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COMMENTARY · 28th December 2010
Merv Ritchie
When reading this article linked below, consider those who belong to some of Terrace's upper elite; the clubs of upper echelon membership. How many members of our City Council can be identified as is described in this thoroughly prepared expose' on our Culture.

Take this excerpt;

Useful idiots are commonly men and women who are intelligent enough to retain information but not driven enough to research its validity, or to follow a thought through to its logical conclusion. They very often work in professional fields such as law, business, medicine, politics, engineering, media, entertainment, etc. (though there are many others in these fields who are not caught up in their own delusional worlds). These are people in a position to influence others just by the virtue of their work, regardless of how clueless they actually are.

Or maybe this excerpt;

When confronted with a truth that threatens their established world view, useful idiots will do anything to distract or derail the exchange. Making bad jokes, resorting to childish ridicule, ignoring cold hard logic, making threats, denying you are qualified to present the facts, even though the facts speak for themselves no matter who is relaying them, etc. Rarely will they confront the truth you present on its own terms. Instead, they will try to make YOU the issue of discussion, and not your information.

This editorial piece by Giordano Bruno is one of the more insightful writings on what has caused the self destruction of those contributing to and supporting the Liberal Party of BC. The article has nothing to do with BC, it has to do with the systemic educational demise of our culture.

As he writes,

Learning is a full time job, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, until the very moment your ticker tocks and you find yourself sporting a cloud and a harp. Some people, though, seem to think that retirement on learning starts at around age twenty.

Most of us however indulge in the 24/7 entertainment offered by the 'idiot box' and turn away from something difficult like personal knowledge.

Here is the opening of the article;

Read it all by clicking HERE.

The Fuzzy Logic Of Useful Idiots

It hurts to be wrong. Not just emotionally, but physically, especially when it’s public, like swimming headfirst into a school of very ill-tempered jellyfish…..or maybe piranha. The horror of it is almost cinematic. The more artificially pumped your ego, or the more brainwashed with academic pretension, the more terrifying that moment of realization is, that moment when all your assumptions are dashed aside like a three-year-old’s alphabet blocks. To a certain point, it is understandable why so many people live in such violent denial, however, this does not detract from the perils of that denial…

Americans are masters of avoiding responsibility for bad assumptions. I have seen middle-aged women cry, actual tears, because they have been proven incorrect on something as simple as the price of dishwashing detergent at the grocery store. I have seen full-grown men throw wild-eyed tantrums and even threaten people with death because they couldn’t handle being wrong about the correct score of a football game. I once saw a man froth at the mouth and shout vicious obscenities for 20 minutes straight because he refused to believe there where more than three ‘Jaws’ movies (I wish ‘Jaws: The Revenge’ didn’t exist either, but I’m not going to have a spasm over it). I have seen little old ladies physically attack people because they were embarrassed to be wrong, not realizing that their response was far more humiliating and self deprecating than just being “mistaken”. I have, indeed, seen the glory of overgrown babies in action.

America is not the only culture prone to this, Americans just happen to be the worst losers. We lash out when we are wrong, while most Europeans tend to intellectualize ideas that challenge their false perceptions, as if they are “above” even considering them. They are masters of rationalizing the facts away, while we are masters of brutalizing those people who are messengers of the facts.

Some of these unfortunate members of our society are merely lemmings; sheep following each other mindlessly without questioning the purpose or the destination. They are spectators in world events, and nothing more. While others are far more dangerous because they take an active role in the shaping of events, not knowing that their idiocy is contributing to the suppression of the truth and even the downfall of our nation. They help elitists to dismantle dissent and in the process damage their own future. It sounds insane, and in a way, they ARE psychologically ill, but in a manner that has been deemed tolerable (or even practical) by society. We call these people “Useful Idiots”.

Continue by clicking HERE.
Very Interesting!
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 29th December 2010
These "useful idiots" only bother others when their decisions effect people's lives in some way. This is particularly true when it comes to politicians who make decisions we either pay for or live with in some way. In most cases you can include the business interests. It is always prudent to question such actions.

The rest of the time one may wish to observe the rule of "walking a mile in their moccasins." Such empathy may apply to a less fortunate person you meet on the street but it does not apply to people who have power and influence and frequently use it to their own advantage.

It isn't even a case of never satisfying everyone because there is a very simple way to determine what most people are thinking. Do you really think that a BC Liberal doesn't know that the majority of the voters don't like the HST?

It seems that suggestions like "you can't please everyone" or "you should walk a mile" are an excuse not to think about: how did we get here? or how can we avoid the same path? It simply enables us to close our minds to any other options and we chose the one we are most comfortable with, even if it is wrong again.
walk a mile....
Comment by bill braam on 29th December 2010
Need to walk a mile in their moccasins to see the perspective from the city/province leaders position. They make think trying to keep everyone happy all of the time is akin to 'herding cats'. All citizens too have the knack to demand rights which are baseless and thought up through rumours and fantasy.
Not only in Terrace
Comment by Gary Edwards on 28th December 2010
Merv, I firmly believe that this article pertains not only to the Terrace area but our country as a whole. Never have I seen any thoughts like these look like they were directed to Gordon Campbell and the Liberals. And more recently to other parties in this province and in this country.