Friday, March 10, 2023

Magical Thinking and the demise of Western Civilization

I date the start of the demise of Western Civilization back to February 23, 1940 when Pinocchio was released to the general viewing public.

When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you 

If your heart is in your dream
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do 

Fate is kind
She brings to those who love
The sweet fulfillment of
Their secret longing

Like a bolt out of the blue
Fate steps in and sees you through
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true!

                    -Disney theme song from Pinocchio, 1940

Magical Thinking: Magical the belief that unrelated events are causally connected despite the absence of any plausible causal link between them, particularly as a result of supernatural effects. Examples include the idea that personal thoughts can influence the external world without acting on them...   Wikipedia
90% of what is wrong with the Woke brats is that they believe in magic.

They believe that if they want something with enough intensity that supernatural will intervene and make it happen. Newtonian physics are not match for magic and witchcraft.

Metaphysically, if the desired outcome did not happen, then the brat didn't want it badly enough. The brat doubles down and holds their breath until they turn blue or they burn down factories that process food or they glue themselves to the pavement.

There! That'll show the damned Cosmos, God/Goddess/All-that-is AND their Mommie!

Unfortunately, they have ample evidence that holding their breath works. If they break their phone in a fit of rage, they get a newer, better phone with a better camera. If they crash the car, Granny ponies up some money so they can get a better one.

Kids believe, at some level, that the magic in Harry Potter is real and that greatness is foreordained by birthright. All they have to do is "WANT".

It would do them a bunch of good if they were marched five miles out into a rainy woods and then tried to light a fire with two matches. People are disabused of notions like "The fire will light if I want it to" pretty darned quickly. Technology matters. Effort matters. Having everything lined up before pulling-the-trigger is the path to success.


  1. I have 3 thoughts on the subject:
    1. As the saying goes, soft people lead to hard times and I can't think of anyone softer than these people.
    2. Many of these people have nothing to live for, no goal or external motivation (let alone external reference!) Which leads to depression and a desperate search for... Something.
    I'm reminded of an article I read recently:
    that has some good points but to me ignores the big one of no cause to pursue that is bigger than oneself: whether moral, religious, patriotic, etc everybody needs a cause or effort to give meaning to life.
    3. The people having these problems and acting stupid are the ones that, for various reasons are those who the media lifts up and focuses on. There is hope - there is a substantial portion of the population that still works hard and has an external reference. You tend to not hear of them since they don't make waves and aren't what those with megaphones want to talk about. To find them you have to make contacts in rural areas with small churches and communities that allow, or at least don't hinder, them.

    1. That last one I see here too, and is the only thing that gives me hope most days....

  2. I've said for years that Disney's the reason people no longer see deer as meat is they are taught to see Bambi's Mom as "OMG someone shot her! That must mean guns are bad and deer never should be shot.

  3. Most of them don't know how to light a match so they're even more screwed than they think. They really don't, try it with one of them .--ken

  4. Round and round. It always amuses me that both sides use the same arguments.

    I see a lot of old fartism too, which is as old as time. LOL

  5. We started divorcing actions from consequences a long time ago. The bill for that folly is now due.


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