Open Mindedness Is Not Bending Over and Taking It, Motherfucker.

So…I have been literally spluttering with rage over the last two days to the extent that all my cuss words ran together in one big long mega-train of eternally looping profanity.  Why?  Because a fucking unrepentant Trump voter told me I ought to keep an “open mind” about President Dumpster Fire.  Let’s fucking talk…

Is open mindedness a good value?  Sure is.  In our everyday life, it’s good to try new things and have new experiences.  Science tells us that people who value experience over possessions are happier overall than others.   Have you tried Pho?  Right.  Pho is the absolute tits, and if you’d been too closed minded to try un-American foods, no Pho for you, and that’s pretty sad.  When I say “keep an open mind” in a political context, however, what I usually mean is: “IT IS NOT OKAY TO COMMIT GENOCIDE BECAUSE YOU ARE AFRAID OF 1) OTHER RELIGIONS 2) BROWN PEOPLE 3) GAYS 4) COMPETITION.  Please try to open your mind and have empathy for other humans.”  What some conservative mean when they (in what I can only assume was a level of cynicism that’s absolutely record setting) say  “open your mind” is that, because humans are not clairvoyant, we don’t know that Trump’s policies won’t work out for the best.  Essentially, we should “wait and see what happens.”

Let me be super clear here in case you’re a little stupid:  THIS IS NOT A FUCKING VALID POINT.  Probability is not permanently 50/50.   No one is clairvoyant, which means we’re all equally unable to predict the future – in absence of fact.  Without fact, we’re all stuck in the same dark cave.  Facts, however, are the light that reveal the shadows of monsters and men.   And we can find facts, even though it seems to get more difficult every single day thanks to F(AU)X News.

Why is using valid data to predict probability of outcomes a good idea?  Seriously?  Is that really a question that needs to be answered?  I’m assuming it does because of the vast “stick your heels up in the air and think about Jesus” army of dumbasses this country seems to harbor.  ANSWER: being able to predict negative consequences of actions allows us to change our course and prevent disastrous outcomes.  You use this ability every single day.  “I ought to pay my water bill this week, because if I don’t, I’ll have to poop in the yard.”  “If you don’t eat your peas, you won’t grow up big and strong.”  “The news says that street is flooded, I’ll take another way home.”  You synthesize facts to figure out your personal course of action.  Why should we NOT do that as a country?  We know what the consequences of: unlimited draining of aquifers, fracking, unregulated carbon emissions, unavailable medicine, lack of quality educations, lack of social resources like libraries and public art, destruction of public lands, deregulation of environmental standards for air and water quality, human rights violations, war for profit, breaking of unions, and monopolies are.  All this stuff is BAD.  We know this because there is decades of research that tell us exactly what happens, we can observe the consequences currently in other countries, and because of ALL OF FUCKING HUMAN HISTORY.  You can’t tell me that you don’t know on the most intimate and deep level that if you fucking STOP FEEDING PEOPLE, THEY DIE.  If you don’t, start at the beginning with a Tamaguchi.  Then maybe get a plant.

The fact is that the Trump administration is a fucking train wreck, but this train is carrying ICBMs.  In case you don’t know, ICBMs are Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles.  They are nuclear weapons that can target multiple locations simultaneously from a sub-orbital space flight with incredible accuracy.  That means, essentially, that you could nuke haystacks in Kansas, New York, L.A. and Texas simultaneously, with one ICBM, from fucking space.  Guess what, Russia has them, too.

Let’s say you’re on the Train de Trump.  You look out the window and there you see mile after mile of warning signs.  “CAUTION.”  “BEWARE!’ “DANGER!” “TRACK ENDS!”  “GET OUT NOW!’  Is the open minded course of action, is the responsible thing to do to close the shades and take fucking nap?  I don’t think so.  The correct thing to do is STOP THE FUCKING TRAIN and either go check, or go back.

Open-mindedness is not a condition of fatalism.  “We’ll just have to see…” is not an open-minded statement, especially if you’re deliberately pulling the shades.  In order to open your mind, you have to look for truth even where it’s uncomfortable, and even when it contradicts ideas you’ve had for a long time.  That means you have to look in corners.  You have to look in cracks. You have to actually do the work.  But seriously, FIRST you have to allow yourself to see the SHIT THAT IS RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOUR FUCKING FACE.

It’s true.  You can just petulantly sit on your damp rock in the pitch black.  You can.  But if you’re going to do that, you’re going to have to shut the fuck up.  The rest of us are trying to save the stuff you say you love, including your very own, precious ass.

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