One of the eternal follies of old age is the delusion that you have a duty to record your insights into the nature of humanity before you perish, overlooking the fact that they are already common currency in every bar or taxicab in the world.
Thanks to Alfred Armstrong over at Odd Books for this flash in the pan brilliance. The problem though is that old people know their wisdoms are common currency, they just want affirmation, to shock the youngins and/or want attention. Spouting this craziness is just more fun. When with a certain close group of friends we tend to become verbally rowdy and say things we would never actually say becasue we either do not believe them, are not creative enough when sober and/or do not care enough to fight our way past the knee-jerk reacting liberals up here in the tundra.
In any case, I think I may start writing about conspiracy theories. These people seem to have a ton of fun and I want to join in. Being the kook in the corner at a party might be a neat place for once. 9/11? Inside job. Autism? Vaccines. Vatican? Mouth piece for gloabl elites controlling all the money. It is already more fun.
Plus, what better way to discount them when I decide that I’ve had enough fun? For example, Scientologists. Downtown a few days ago there was a protest across the street from the Scientology institute (institute?). The people were in masks, they need to be anonymous because the Church of Scientology is known for being super letigious against protestors, handing out leaflets and carrying signs. Meanwhile there was a guy acors the street rightin front of the place dressed in a coat and tie. He would stop passerbys and talk to them. He came off as a sincere Scientologist. Too sincere. He was very creepy and I think he was actually protesting by over-identifying and turning people off of Scientology: “if that guy is one of them, then I want no part in it.” Zizek talks about this, somewhere (I am currently being lazy), in the context of resisting militarism. He claims Platoon does a better job than M.A.S.H. because of this same over-identification strategy of resistance.
I like that logic, but I wonder how effective either can be as a stand-alone strategy. The uberScientologist may push people away but do they actually think less about the group without knowing there is a criticism as well? MLK needed Malcolm X. Young people need old people if only for their reactionary sentimentality that drives progress and a disdain for traditions.
BTW, if Scientologists are not Christians why do they display a cross? Does the cross make them appear to be less non-Christian than they are?