Tag: projection

Projection and Illusions

 

One year ago this week, I had to bury the cold dead body of someone I loved more than my own life. Ten days earlier and just before noon, I had answered the phone to hear a stranger from the medical examiner’s office in another town tell me she was dead.

For the 15 years prior to that moment, she had been systematically dismantling herself, beginning in small ways but eventually moving on to big, unsustainable ways. She died like the character in The Sun Also Rises went bankrupt: gradually then suddenly.

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As human beings we are all aware of the fact that different people live in different “realities” and believe in different “truths.”  Like the political right and left, for instance.  Their respective realities and truths exist in such stark opposition to each other that it is literally impossible for both of them to be simultaneously […]

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Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder apparently is certain that Republicans are going to cheat in the 2020 federal elections. “It’s going to be hard because the reality is that Republicans are going to cheat. They’re going to try to keep people away from the polls, they’re going to move polling places, they’re going to do […]

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I glanced at the headline and did a double-take: School district in Marin County agrees to desegregate in settlement with state Had I entered a time warp?  Was this an old story dug out of the archives from the 1950’s?  But no, it was listed as breaking news, so my next thought was that surely […]

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QOTD: The Political Scapegoat

 

“In order to see yourself and your group as all good, you have to project the evil you are unable to acknowledge in yourself onto an external entity: some other group, the ones not like us. The stronger the cognitive dissonance, the more intense will be the projection. The other becomes the embodiment of evil. This then gives rise to the pathology of victimhood and is the ultimate source of scapegoating: ‘It wasn’t us, it was them.’ From this flowed rivers of blood of human sacrifice throughout the ages. They still do today.” — Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Covenant and Conversation

In this book, Rabbi Sacks explains how the meaning of “scapegoat” has come to mean precisely its opposite. In ancient times, two identical male goats were selected: one was to be sacrificed to G-d, the other was taken by the High Priest who took the sins of the Jewish people and placed them on the second goat, which was then sent into the desert to Azazel, where the goat would plunge to its death.

Scapegoating came to have a particularly ominous quality. In olden times, a person could be held guilty and killed to preserve the group. Rabbi Sacks describes this thinking as “one of the most vicious ideas ever to disfigure the human mind.”

‘I’m Melting! I’m Melting!’

 

This must be the cry the Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats are trying to stifle, following the hearing with Attorney General William Barr. While they can’t miss the fact that their whole case for taking down Donald Trump is crumbling, they are desperate to try to maintain their image of righteousness behind the curtain. But the curtain is slowly being drawn back, and I think they are realizing that they are all in deep trouble. In their collusion to destroy Donald Trump, they have ensured their own destruction, in part because they have underestimated AG Barr.

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Many of my common-sense (CS) assumptions have been flipped. For decades I was a staunch CS-defender of Catharsis theory. Catharsis, however, has been found to prolong and not “cleanse” one of whatever emotions ails him. Another CS assumption: saturated fat is a killer. Except, the truth is proving to be the opposite and I’m increasing […]

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