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First, this is a post about feelings and emotions in people. It is not a post about logic and reason. I know many people want to argue logic and reason, but this is about emotional reactions. I will not respond to any comments that boil down to “That’s not logical.” I know that and acknowledge it upfront. That is not what this post is about.
Second, I am going to use examples that you may disagree with. I am not going to argue about them, nor am I going to post links to prove my point. Either you agree with my take or you don’t. That is fine. But, I am not going to defend how I feel about any of these examples. They have proved their corruption to me beyond a shadow of a doubt.
Now on with the post:
I have noticed within myself something I have named “Retroactivity.” Retroactivity is my tendency to view the entire history of an organization or institution based on today’s level of corruption. What I mean by that is no matter what the institution might have done in the past, how it acts today colors all of that. To use an example from today, let’s look at the FBI. The FBI is corrupt to the core. It is now the thugs for the Biden administration, and they were thugs for Obama. There are no redeeming qualities about the FBI today. They cannot stop any real crime, they lie to courts and plan to steal money. I have no faith in any FBI agent at all. Because of that, I feel the FBI has never been any good, and it has never been worthwhile. Any good it might have done has been washed about by its sins now. Any agent who served has no honor to them; that honor is stripped away by the actions of the FBI now. It is, and always has been, a corrupt organization populated by evil men and women out to bully and hurt others.
To take another example, let’s look at unions. Some people say that unions once had a place. I disagree. Unions are a clear evil that protects some jobs at the expense of others. They destroy companies and are responsible for places like Detroit. As such, they have never been worthwhile. They are evil and always have been.
Now, while I am on a roll, the Catholic Church was a haven for gay men to prey on teens. We know it to be true. The Church did nothing for a generation and worked to cover it up. Frankly, I don’t think it has even come close to doing enough to take care of those damaged, nor to punish the wicked. Instead, it acted like any other organization, corrupt, vile, and bane. I always sort of supported it, but when that happened, I saw that the Catholic Church is no different than any other institution. It lost any right or claim to be a force for good.
Now, I understand these are feelings not thoughts. Not reason. I can come up with good things done by all three. However, I cannot ignore the response I have. These institutions are permanently damaged, as is any other one that falls into corruption. The good they may have done in the past is tainted forever. Any good they might do now is washed away by the pouring corruption of today.
I don’t think these feelings are unique to me. I think other people share them. In my bones, I feel the lost respect for institutions will never be restored. I can use the Catholic Church again as an example. Protestants, disgusted by the corruption of the Catholic Church left in protest. They are never coming back. Those other Churches are not merging with the Catholic Church. The Reformation was because of the massive corruption of the Catholic Church, corruption it still will not fully own.
The people that corrupt institutions destroy them forever. I think too many people feel as I feel. Oh, we might fight it, but the feelings are real. For me, I will have to work on my own feelings and thoughts. But each time something new comes out, it is a setback. Retroactivity is real for me, and I tire of fighting it.Published in