The Show That Never Ends

Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends
We’re so glad you could attend
Come inside! Come inside!
There behind a glass is a real blade of grass
be careful as you pass
Move along! Move along!

Come inside, the show’s about to start
guaranteed to blow your head apart
Rest assured you’ll get your money’s worth
The greatest show in Heaven, Hell or Earth
You’ve got to see the show, it’s a dynamo
You’ve got to see the show, it’s rock and roll…

~ Emerson, Lake and Palmer

In philosophy there are many schools. There are the empiricists who state that knowledge comes only (or primarily) from sensory experience. There are the hedonists who argue that pleasure is the primary or most important intrinsic good. There are the idealists who assert that reality, or reality as we can know it, is fundamentally mental, mentally constructed, or otherwise immaterial. There are realists who tend to believe that whatever we believe now is only an approximation of reality and that every new observation brings us closer to understanding reality.

One of the prime notions of physical science is Newton’s Third Law, that every action has an equal and opposite reaction – essentially, everything has a Yin and a Yang, thereby keeping the universe in balance. It would be logical to assume that the world of philosophy is not immune to physical laws – that even logic must be counterbalanced by illogic.

Perhaps that explains the rise of the latest branch of philosophy, the Hysterics.

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The word “hysteria” arises from Latin hystericus “of the womb,” from Greek hysterikos “of the womb, suffering in the womb,” as it was coined as a definition for irrational, emotional actions observed in the female of the species. Over time, the word lost its misogynistic, sexist connotation and came to describe “a state in which your emotions (such as fear) are so strong that you behave in an uncontrolled way”.

Is that not an apt description of those creating “trigger warnings” about “microaggression” and accusing conservatives of supporting “rape culture” on campus for even suggesting that it is a media generated crisis? Feminists discouraging clapping at a gathering in favor of “jazz hands” because the clapping noise upset the more sensitive feminists.

Is it wrong that I feel as if I need to go a safe zone after all of that?

A cop legitimately shoots a young black man and even though more whites are killed by police every year, they are “hunting young black men”. Republicans who just talk about entitlement reform want to starve the elderly, women and children.

We see it all over. The progressive left has become the home of the Hysterical School of Thought. If you oppose Obama due to his socialist/collectivist beliefs, you are obviously a racist. If you oppose his executive orders because you are against stretching the Constitution to its breaking point – yep – racist, too. Oppose Islamist terrorism – bigot. Oppose an unqualified female running for president – sexist. Oppose forcing a Christian business to bake a cake for a gay wedding – extremist homophobe. Tea Party member opposing higher taxes and bigger government – racist, bigot, sexist AND extremist homophobe.

No justice, no peace.

Even the most insignificant scintilla of opposition to the progressive agenda is met by a flock of screeching, clawing harpies – ready at a moment to rend the “offender” to shreds with talon or claw. Every issue regardless of triviality must be conflated to be the “greatest danger to America today” if it diminishes the progressive brand.

Welcome to the Age of Hysteria.

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