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Collimator's Journal
Collimator's Journal
August 31, 2023

This from OnlySky website. . .

. . . It's not completely new, but it articulates the issue clearly and succinctly.

For the Trump faithful, it comes down to plot armor.

The writer talks about being engaged with the "reality-based community" (RBC) versus those who put their focus into creating their own realities.

When you’ve spent a lifetime trying to figure out the real world around you, despite your own weaknesses and biases, it’s natural to assume that others are doing the same thing, just really badly.

That’s not what’s happening.

One of the defining features of the human mind is the continuous creation of what research psychologist Dan McAdams calls “narrative identity”—a coherent story into which we can comfortably embed ourselves. That process is inherently subjective. As much as we’d like to think of our senses and minds as faithful recorders of reality, it is never true. Every perception and data point passes through a subjective filter, and our identity emerges from that.

His discussion on "plot armor" really streamlined my grasp of what's at work in some people's minds.

Plot armor is present when you know an important character in a drama will survive a dangerous situation because they are needed for the plot to continue.

My son discovered this phenomenon at age nine, watching a lightsaber duel in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. “I hate these fights,” he said. “You know the good guy is going to win.” Maybe it’ll be magic, or luck, or the sudden appearance of the cavalry, or a bending of the laws of physics. One way or another, the necessary good guy will live.

That’s plot armor.

From the reality-based POV, it is beyond bizarre that 80% of white Evangelicals support Trump. But once you grasp narrative identity, it makes perfect sense. They are a people born and bred on the creation of preferred narratives that disregard inconvenient realities, narratives in which they are the good guys and they win. The reason Jesus couldn’t stay dead is the same reason Trump’s support will never drop below a certain floor: both are needed on set for the plot to continue to the cathartic fourth act.

Happy to recommend this article.

August 29, 2023

Support the Writers' and Actors' Strikes, but man, do I miss. . .

. . . Colbert, Meyers, Ruffin and Oliver!

I need them to narrow the focus of my free-ranging anxiety over current affairs. I need them to skewer and mock the public figures who are tearing us down and I need to hear the shared applause and laughter of the audience because it reminds me that I'm not alone.

Yes, these strikes are impacting many lives and those people's economic issues are far, FAR more important than my feelings of frustration and isolation. . . But, damn, I really do miss my late night hosts.

August 16, 2023

Ted Cruz Crap and My Not-At-All-Original Thoughts

Ted Cruz response to Georgia indictments: "I'm pissed...We've never once indicted a former president...This is disgraceful...It is an abuse of power by angry Democrats who've decided the rule of law doesn't matter anymore."

Senator, if we didn't believe in the Rule of Law, there wouldn't be any indictments. We would be storming the walls of Mar-a-Lago and threatening bodily harm to Trump and his cabal of toadies.

As for abusing power, this is an example of wielding power in a sane and sober manner. It only seems like abuse because someone other than yourself has the power in this situation. Your preference is for all power to reside in Republican hands. Your people are the ones who are angry because large swaths of the American public are using every available legal means to maintain power over their lives and destinies.

August 15, 2023

The guy who tweeted this definitely gets it:




The Weather Channel: TRUMP INDICTED

Fox News: Is Hunter Biden really a hunter?
August 10, 2023

"You will get violence": Leading democracy expert says Trump is not runnng to win election.

We are witnessing Trump telling America that if he doesn't get his way — regardless of democratic norms like elections or the rule of law — then you will get violence.

Donald Trump isn't playing a game based on democracy's rules.

A clear and level-headed examination of what is really at stake can be found in this exchange discussing the work of democracy expert Trygve Olson.
August 8, 2023

Here is a comment under a Youtube Video discussing the Barbie movie.

" . . . it was NEVER about telling men “they’re enough” it about telling men they’re nothing and trying to get increase the male suicide rates!!!!!! and if they can do that then everyone involved in this movie and their fans INCLUDING YOU will be happy!!!!!!!!"

Mind you, there was a little back and forth between commentors before this person burst forth with their particular deranged expostulation, so maybe-- just maybe-- I'm not presenting this person in a completely fair light. But, Oh, My Goddess!* Is there some form of physical existance that is even more fragile than a snowflake? 'Cause this sorry little soul qualifies.

So, the Barbie Movie exists to encourage male suicide. . . Even Tucker Carlson wouldn't have tried to sell that conspiracy.

* Notice how I constrained myself to just the one exclamation mark?
August 8, 2023

Just came across this site. . .

. . . It's probably not new to many interested in this subject--namely abortion rights and more specifically, the bald-face hypocrisy of many who oppose it.

Pro-Choice Action Network: When the Anti-Choice Choose

(Hint: If you have blood-pressure issues, think twice before reading. Your BP will go up.)

"We have anti-choice women in for abortions all the time. Many of them are just naive and ignorant until they find themselves with an unwanted pregnancy. Many of them are not malicious. They just haven't given it the proper amount of thought until it completely affects them. They can be judgmental about their friends, family, and other women. Then suddenly they become pregnant. Suddenly they see the truth. That it should only be their own choice. Unfortunately, many also think that somehow they are different than everyone else and they deserve to have an abortion, while no one else does." (Physician, Washington State)

August 2, 2023

You know, I am in complete support of the Writers' and Actors' Strikes.

Especially now with all these Trump indictments and the buffoonery of his supporters, there is plenty of entertainment to be had.

(Honestly, though, I miss being able to "share" these events with the likes of Colbert, Meyers and Oliver.)

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About Collimator

I love logic and respect feelings. My aspiration here is to engage in reasoned discourse. I believe that Truth Leaks. It may take the time span of a Grand Canyon to wear away at human deceit and denial, but truth always carves its own path.

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