“Facts don’t care about your feelings.” – Ben Shapiro
The reaction to the release of the Muller Report reminded me of this quote. There seem to be a large number of people whose feelings conflict with the facts presented. As a result, many have rejected the facts in favor of their feelings.
So what if Trump did not collude with Russia? He obviously did something wrong. He must have obstructed justice. Or he is a rotten person. Or something. He was guilty of wrongthink. (Admittedly that is only a crime in a fantasy world created by George Orwell, but if you feel a crime was committed, even when the facts contradict you and feelings are more important than facts … well, sheltering in a dystopian fantasy world may be an option.)
You can ignore facts that conflict with your feelings. Often you can ignore them for a long time. But as John Adams once said, “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” Eventually, facts prevail. Even if it is because the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew in the wreckage that denying facts in favor of feelings creates. We may be a year or two away from the day when the Gods of the Copybook Headings limp up to explain it once more. That day will come.Published in