The new normal-If you disagree you are insulted or attacked
In the final book of the Torah, called Devorim or Words in English, Moses, our teacher, gives a five-week speech before his death.
The former tongue-tied leader who didn’t want the job as leader because he couldn’t speak well, now gives the most eloquent speech in the history of the world, that is unmatched until today.
What was especially special about his speech, is that he made his points indirectly instead of attacking his nemesis head-on. In this speech, he foretells the future of today, where if you disagree you are insulted or attacked or even stoned. I added the word stoned now, which is what I wanted to say in the headline to this story, but if I had it wouldn’t have been published so you wouldn’t be reading it. I took what I learned from Moses and said it indirectly at first and more directly in the body of the letter, which is usually less censored than the headline.
Moses alludes to the places that traveled in their 42 stop itinerary, as an indirect way to refer to the constant rebellions. If he had mentioned directly the rebellion, no one would have listened to his speech, and worse, of course, turned on him and tossed him out as the leader. Moses himself learned from his Great-Grandfather Jacob, who gave a similar speech on his death bed as well. People think and hear with emotions, not their logical selves. You can’t make your point, unless people open not only their ears but their brains. Early in my career as a psychologist, I learned that if a person closes his brains, the ears are not open. If a person doesn’t accept the possibility that there is another side besides their own, you might as well be talking to the wall, to be able to make your point.
Today, nearly all the news we read is censored by the publication you write for. Google and Facebook go farther, and if the narrative you write is different than the party line, it won’t be printed. As a result, the majority of the people are now brainwashed before you can make your point. And when you do make your point, it is not heard because of their brainwashing before they read your piece. The fact that people make up their mind emotionally and not logically is not wasted on Google and Facebook, all they have to do is bombard you with the point of view they want to get across, and they have achieved their goal of brainwashing. If a magazine like the New American allows publication of a piece that I read this morning written by Dennis Behrendt “Dehumanizing and Demonizing Skeptics Who Don’t Wear Face Masks” (https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/politics/item/36484-dehumanizing-and-demonizing-skeptics-who-refuse-to-wear-face-masks ) it is attacked by the comments of which I will quote a couple:
UPDATE: Fauci Responds; Busted: People Aren’t Happy With Dr. Fauci’s Mask Hypocrisy
7/24/20 Katie Pavlich – townhall dot com
“Dr. Fauci says he was dehydrated and therefore, pulled his mask down. “I had my mask around my chin. I had taken it down. I was totally dehydrated and I was drinking water trying to rehydrate myself” Photos taken by the Associated Press show Fauci failing to properly wear a mask while being seated directly in between two other people, one who was also not wearing a mask & not social distancing
And Tim H responds:
Fauci wasn’t dehydrated from the mask. He was dehydrated because it was almost 100 deg. at the baseball game, he was attending. Taking your mask down temporarily to get a drink isn’t violating mask protocol. The story goes to show just how low a gutter the anti-mask science deniers will climb into.
So if a point is made that disagrees with your narrative, Marlene was insulted by Tim to say first of all she was an “anti-masker”, similar to a person who believes that the world is flat, and therefore can’t be taken seriously, but worse to say that she belongs in the gutter because she disagrees with the new narrative that everyone must be masked, both nose and mouth.
The deliberate making up of news stories to fool or entertain is nothing new. But the arrival of social media has meant real and fictional stories are now presented in such a similar way that it can sometimes be difficult to tell the two apart.
While the internet has enabled the sharing of knowledge in ways that previous generations could only have dreamed of, it has also provided ample proof of the line, often attributed to Winston Churchill, that “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on”.
So with research suggesting an increasing proportion of US adults are getting their news from social media, it’s likely that more and more of us are seeing – and believing – information that is not just inaccurate, but totally made up.
There are hundreds of fake news websites out there, from those which deliberately imitate real-life newspapers, to government propaganda sites, and even those which tread the line between satire and plain misinformation.
Dennis Behrendt goes on in his story to point out that violence or getting stoned is not far away. It was not very long ago that if a person was smoking, you walked away from him if you didn’t want to smell his smoke. Now is the person who slips the mask from his nose, he is allowed to be ostracized. The brave new Normal. I could live without it.
Asparagus for Sale
Moishe from Moishe’s Kosher Grocery always had trouble selling his asparagus. So he put up a sign that said, “Asparagus: 25 cents each/ three for a dollar.”
At the end of the day, one of his customers, Mrs. Rosenbaum, came in exclaiming: “Don’t be ridiculous! I should get four asparagus bundles for a dollar!”
Moishe capitulated and packaged four asparagus bundles. Moishe’s new clerk turned to him and asked him, “Are you going to fix the mistake on your sign?”
“What mistake?” Moishe asked. “Before I put up that sign no one ever bought more than one asparagus bundle before.”