Last week, Friday to be exact, I posted about the Problem Thinker. Since then I have been thinking and I have discovered a little more about thinking. The sad truth is that people don’t really care what you think unless you think the same way they do.
Now that is not some great new discovery like finding a diamond ring when you were going through your neighbor’s trashcan. No, this discovery is something you have suspected for some time, but to finally came to the conclusion, to have to accept, to admit to yourself, that no one gives a damn what you think is enough to make you sit down and cry like a baby with a bee sting.
I have also discovered (or concluded if you will) that trying to get you to think the way they do is what the American Way of Life is all about. It starts with parents who send you to a school, or homeschooled you, and if they are strongly religious they send you to a church run school, where at an early age you are indoctrinated to think the way they think. And God help you (though He’s not likely to) if you fall in love with someone who doesn’t think the way they do.
Later on for some fool reason or another that you don’t really understand you start going to some church or another where the cleric, of whatever order, tries to get you to think the way he does and asks you to give him or her your money. That money is supposed to buy your way out of some catastrophe later, way later, later like when you die.
Please, don’t throw rotten tomatoes at me just because I might point out something about the American Dream that you don’t like, but isn’t that what selling and advertising is all about. The man trying to sell you a car doesn’t care what you think. All he cares about is getting you to think the way he does and when you do he takes your money. Now I’ll admit he gives you something; the car, maybe even with a warranty for that money, which is a hell of a lot more than the politician will give you in exchange for your money.
Now the politician wants you to think the way he thinks and he wants you to give him money to think liked him. Unlike the car salesman, he does not give any warranty when you buy what he’s selling.
I think a law should be passed that politicians be forced to give a money-back-guarantee. If he or she doesn’t deliver on what is promise then they have to give back all the donor’s money and stop taking those fat-cat salaries for trying to talk you into agreeing with them. Of course, since politicians make the laws there will never be any kind of law requiring a politician to be honest.
The same should be required of clerics. If after you die you don’t end up in whatever heaven or hell they promised you then they should be required to pay back everything you donated to them. Of course you won’t be alive so what they have to give wont do you any good, but then, it never did.
Oh, dear, I just tried to tell you what to think. No, I didn’t. Well, yes I did but I didn’t charge you anything for agreeing or disagreeing with me.
Now, I don’t care what you think, so there, ha, ha.
But I do wish you a happy, care-free, relaxing day, week, fortnight, or whatever you can grab. – Aloha – pjs/