Jadagul wrote: ↑06 Apr 2019, 16:16
Jennifer wrote: ↑06 Apr 2019, 15:32
Jadagul wrote: ↑06 Apr 2019, 15:23
I also can't really take seriously fiction in which people are petty. It's some combination of viscerally unbelievable and utterly enraging and I can't deal with it. (No one is ever petty, because that would be unreasonable, and we all know that no one is ever unreasonable).
I really don't know what to say to that, Jadagul. (I mean, I get the combination of "visceral unbelief" and "utter enragement," which I always feel when seeing such pettiness despite how many umpteen times I've seen it already -- what I don't get is how you can go through life thinking pettiness only exists in bad fiction.)
Do you ever have similar difficulty believing "Some people really are bigoted -- up to and beyond the point of murder -- against certain subgroups for no discernible reason at all?" For that matter, have you paid any attention to anything the current POTUS has said (or tweeted) since his name started appearing in actual political-news rather than celebrity-news stories?
Trump has a certain degree of unreality to me because I can't imagine anyone acting that badly in real life.
I seem to be utterly incapable of not believing that people are kind and caring and trustworthy and decent and reasonable.
It seems to work out well for me.
On a day to day level, no doubt, but do you have any difficulty reconciling this belief with certain facts you know about history (or various present-day goings on, for that matter)?
It's like, imagine I happened to be completely asexual, never once had a sexy thought in my life (not even any childhood crushes), never went on a date or kissed anybody (and never wanted to, either), never worked in any "sex-appeal"-type jobs, never so much as had a man hit on or express interest in me, ever
-- okay, so, I have no personal direct
experience or engagement with "lust" or a "sex drive," my own or anyone else's ... but given all the books I've read and history I've learned and movies and TV shows I've seen, how could I possibly believe "C'mon, nobody's sex drive would lead them to do some unreasonable things or make unreasonable choices?" How could this possibly jibe with everything I know about, like, every current or former sex scandal I've ever known about?
"Myself, despite what they say about libertarians, I think we're actually allowed to pursue options beyond futility or sucking the dicks of the powerful." -- Eric the .5b