There's an expression, in regards to movies, called "suspension of disbelief." The audience sits in a dark theater, and they know they're not actually involved in what they see on the screen, but they choose to experience it as if it's really happening. They choose to suspend their disbelief.
Similarly, no one on planet Earth really believes that a guy with no following, no actual accomplishments, no likable characteristics, a history of creepy behavior toward women and children, substantial evidence of selling his influence to foreign interests, who campaigned from his basement and of course, showing strong signs of onset dementia, actually pulled 8o+ million votes in a recent contest, the most in U.S history.
Yet we have otherwise bright people who will jump at the opportunity to declare this odd chap a legitimate Prez, all the while hurling insults at any who see it for what it is. That is a suspension of disbelief taken to an extreme. They've left the theater and are driving home, still thinking the movie is real. And they're not even on drugs. I haven't popped acid in decades.
Huh! Oh, wait your saying life is an illusion. That I can agree to. Maybe this is better in the philosophy topic.
Pull out the dictionary and clear your understanding of illusion.
I have no illusions what an illusion is ha-ha Interesting you would suggest I don't. My reply was a compliment to the content of the OP. Did you find it offensive? If so I apologize, yet the OP content itself does represent suspension of disbelief and is well articulated.
I did some poking about inspired by your post before my earlier reply as to what really suspension of disbelief is. Wikipedia answered that, however for me a more interesting article is one by Scientific American - What Brain Activity Can Explain Suspension of Disbelief.
Maybe psychology would address the topic better. For why some voted for " a guy with no following, no actual accomplishments, no likable characteristics, a history of creepy behavior toward women and children, substantial evidence of selling his influence to foreign interests, who campaigned from his basement and of course, showing strong signs of onset dementia, actually pulled 8o+ million votes in a recent contest, the most in U.S history."?
I think the why of it all may be something which Maslow's had his finger on --- the five human needs safety needs, love, and belonging needs, esteem needs, and self-actualization needs. Sort of like groupthink. If you belong to a group they can accompany all the five needs... No matter what the consequences, just go with the flow.
Or maybe Pavlov's theory, do what I do and say or zap! Cancel culture is still a liberal thing or have they turned that on its ear and now considered it to be a conservative action? Hard to keep up.
However, Kenna real has summed up a large problem.
Interesting. I like Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs as well as his deficiencies. Maybe the latter explains better. I dun'no . . . will give it some thought. As to your first paragraph some of those attributes she listed did cause me not to vote for him. I won't go into the other main choice as I didn't vote for him either. I did a write in.
Pavlov? Maybe you are right that his principal fomented cancel culture, yet IMHO cancel culture has no allegiance and is well used today by any political party. Yet, today behaviorist have since moved to reward instead of punishment. Alas, whom is punished and whom is rewarded may come into play. I can see that related to suspension of disbelief.
BTW . . . did you read my second reply to Kenna? Maybe the article referenced in it will help to explain the phenomena that 80+ voters did so as it relates to suspension of belief. Definitely food for thought.
Edit: 80+ million voters
Priceless. Couldn’t have said it better.
Yes. I have people close to me who are brainwashed as well, It's painful to watch. They are also highly intelligent. It is strange.
Kenna, you have so wonderfully and simply summed it up. Hopefully, those that voted for Old Joe, will realize the actors in this movie don't have their better interests in mind, and that the free popcorn they are gobbling up is four days old.
Kenna, this gave me chills, for obvious reasons!
I think it is best to let this rest. There is no going back and changing things.
There is no way, even if the election was fraudulent and decided by China's computer hacks or zealot progressive extremists creating hundreds of thousands of fake ballots in PA, or whatever else has been accused, that Biden will not be President for 4 years.
If you believe "the fix was in" both for the Presidency and then the follow up capture of two critical run-off Senate elections in GA, stewing over it and rehashing it is going to do no good.
70+ million people voted for Trump (more if you believe some computers switched Trump votes to Biden) but when the corporations, social media platforms, MSM, DC Cabal... essentially ALL the people with true power and control over what is allowed to be heard/read are in support of the outcome (Biden's Presidency) there is no outlet to change or correct what has occurred.
When you have absolutely no control over something, its best not to concern yourself with it... it just adds to your stress levels.
I am not stressed over this, by no means.
Most likely, the retelling of these concerns means it is a cause of stress, if not for you than for most who continue to belabor it.
In addition, those who fully believe what is told in the MSM (CNN, MSNBC, CBS, etc.) or for that matter the core issues being forwarded across the nation in our universities (SJ, CRT, GN) are not going to listen with open ears, or read with open eyes, such opinions.
These types of concerns will be labeled as hate speech, racist, or conspiracy theory. I just don't see how they can do much good. The best thing now is to let things take their course.
If Biden is as completely incompetent as many believe, if Harris is as unfit as many believe, it is only a matter of time before things cave in, no matter how much the MSM tries to cover it all up... if that indeed is what is going on.
The suspension of disbelief in regards to Biden winning so many votes is just a continuation on the assault of American reality that has been going on for a long time now.
What is the truth, who is the enemy, all depends on who one decides to believe. The truth CNN spreads is completely opposite of what FOX spreads and both are focusing people on petty issues while keeping the major events and serious issues out of the public eye as much as possible.
We have serious issues and events going on, almost all of which are ignored by the MSM, wherever possible. America has become myopic, looking inward, the MSM does its best to keep America obsessing over whatever topic the MSM feeds it.
I hear you, Ken. Yes. There are other important issues. But, we can't blame MSM or CNN.
Where do the majority of Americans get their information from?
The Big Tech companies, now control what we read, watch, or listen to.
Over 90% of all American news outlets are controlled by 6 powerful corporations.
As Jim Morrison, a singer, once said: “Whoever controls the media, controls the mind.”
The Big Tech giants are invading your privacy by tracking your every move online, on your phone, on your tv.
Americans think they have an unlimited variety of entertainment and media options right at their fingertips. But it is all a lie. This illusion of choice was fabricated by the media elites.
Objectivity in journalism is an illusion created to give the appearance of balanced news. However, there is no such thing as unbiased news. Journalists who work for these six corporations answer to their owners and ultimately serve their agendas.
Americans are fed what the media oligarchs want us to eat. The same can be said of the big tech companies that own the social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. These tech overlords silent dissent and censor content that does not fit the agenda of Crit Race Theory, Social Justice, Gender Neutrality, Climate Change, etc..
They control the messaging, they control what is allowed to be said. While we are free to post what we want (more or less) in this HP Forums, there is no audience, no traffic, to these threads. Post this on Facebook and see how long it lasts.
More than half of Americans are either oblivious to this reality, or reject it.
To quote Morpheus from the movie The Matrix:
"You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it."
It is my belief that those who believe CNN is anything more than worthless biased propaganda falls into that category.
Matrix is a good movie, though the brothers failed to make the sequels as good. This and more were posted on FB with coding so it wouldn't get flagged. And it worked.
With that, I believe most people (80%) know the media is bunk. The other 20% are heavily influenced by it.
With that, we need to be vigilant and keep communicating the truth.
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