Here’s some ish from Carl Sagan today that damnit i just felt like posting.
“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”
It’s applicable to a lot of things. Most of the time we accept these realities, and we don’t even know we’re doing it. And most of the time these realities are hurtful and completely detrimental to our quality of life, but because we’ve been bamboozled by this “truth” we are too lazy to admit that it’s a false reality. It’s scary to admit you’re wrong, and it’s scary to forge a new path when the current one is so cozy.
So REALLY the question is…how much are we being bamboozled? And when the hell are we going to get real and get mindful about it? I’m talking bamboozlement in a pretty loose way–bamboozled by the beauty myth? By a religion you were never even asked if you were interested in joining? By the idea that you’re only worth your appearance? By society’s definition of success? The idea that money solves everything? That a job is the be all end all?
So much bamboozlement that I never even thought about.
Deep thoughts that I’ll simply end with this C. Sags gif: