Rationality, Destruction, and Mischief

These two articles remind me of “what I know but forget” and that is human beings are not always (or even often) rational — and that they even like it that way. The first, and more depressing piece, is from the New York Times 

The opening quote is from one of the books that influenced my political views over time, the acidic “Notes from Underground” by Dostoevsky.

“I, for example,” says the nameless narrator in Fyodor Dostoevsky’s “Notes From Underground (1864),” “would not be the least bit surprised if suddenly, out of the blue, amid the universal future reasonableness, some gentleman of ignoble or, better, of retrograde and jeering physiognomy, should emerge, set his arms akimbo, and say to us all: ‘Well, gentlemen, why don’t we reduce all this reasonableness to dust with one good kick, for the sole purpose of sending all these logarithms to the devil and living once more according to our own stupid will!’

The second article  less depressing but more annoying) may only be related to the first in my own mind but by asking Trump voters what they think of his lying — they say the know he lies and — They Like It! Here is a good summary quote:

NEWARK, OHIO—James Cassidy didn’t need the director of the FBI to tell him Barack Obama never wiretapped Donald Trump at Trump Tower. Cassidy knew from the start that Trump made the whole thing up.

He was happy the president lied.

“He’s ruffling every feather in Washington that he can ruffle. These guys are scrambling. So: yeah! I like it. I think it’s a good thing. I want to see them jump around a little bit,” Cassidy, 58, said on Tuesday.

So constant lying and knocking the government off course while, presumably, other governments are moving on, is rustling some feathers?


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