Can you wear it on a hat? Can you put it on your cat?
Just as I sit down down to write this, our cat strolls up to my foot and looks up at me as if he is reading my mind. He sniffs deeply. What goes on inside that brain that makes him act this way? Is he hungry? Is he bored?
No. He is just a pain in the poet.
What would the Zax do in this case? Completely oblivious to the current events and not really concerned about famine or calories or poll numbers – what exactly becomes the daily focus and activity? And how is that arrived at? How is it that a passing thought can evolve into a controversy – and why does it happen so easily?
No controversy here!
The idea is to just relax and take reality for what it is. Don’t start analyzing every little thing that grabs your attention for that fleeting moment – let your mind wander a bit and start to look at the brighter things around you that happen to be stimulating the rods and cones in your eyeballs. The things you can touch and feel. The things you can smell and taste.
These are the immediate things that deserve your concentration. Not the problems that you manage to concoct because you are looking for something to worry about.
The Similarities and a Common Basis for Misguided Logic
Any community declines when the majority of its citizens become selfish – as evidenced by the justification of breaking societal norms to a perceived personal gain or improvement – and over time this influence slowly dismantles all the restraints upon self-indulgence established by manners, customs, beliefs and common law: Tradition. (*This can be also termed conservatism.)
As each subsequent generation of selfish citizens inherits control of the community, it takes its opportunity to abandon more of the irksome restraints that common sense and wisdom had developed and installed. The proponents of this social demolition achieve their irrational purpose by publicly embracing absurdity through slogans while vilifying any who do not support their stance by extrapolated and voluminous accusation. The purpose of the slogan is to enshrine irrational fears, or fancies, as truth through the use of presumptuous words, so a public pronouncement would proceed as such:
Dissembles the real nature of the claim
Identifies any dissenters as enemies of the truth
Acts as an excuse for any crimes committed in its name
People who contradict their claims are trouble-making bigots, which makes them enemies of the community, if not humanity, and deserving of persecution.
All of which is an attack upon truth, upon clear thinking and plain speaking.