It probably started back in the Garden of Eden when the Serpent made his false claim about knowledge to Eve. It wasn’t what was said. She knew what he was talking about. It was who said it. G-d was ephemeral and unseen. The Serpent was real, you could touch it and see it. You could actually hear it. What the Serpent said seemed logical.
G-d said thou shalt not. But a little human nature goes a long way to explaining why it is that we chose to believe things that we know – or at least should know – aren’t so.
What is it that makes us want to believe nonsense? More than that, what is it that makes us judge something less by its content than by its creator? Think about this for just a second… can you name a single thing that some of these conspiracy theories in the last fifteen years were right about? Sean Hannity once told the Director of the CDC that he (the CDC Director) was “wrong,” and that the Ebola, brought to the US by Obama, was going to mutate and kill millions of Americans.
Yesterday we learned that Ebola, which never mutated and never killed a single American, is now a curable disease. Why are we seemingly more likely to listen to a Radio Chat Show Host than an actual doctor when it comes to an infectious disease? Why do we listen to Actresses instead of epidemiologists? Why do we reject some very good, sensible things because the person who said them is on our “I Don’t Like That Guy” list?
We’ve watched the blogosphere and Twitterverse meltdown over what we know MUST be true. Whenever somebody we don’t like points out the flaws in the thought process, we reject them. Not because we can’t or don’t want to debate or discuss the validity of the argument, but because we don’t like the person who said it.
Which brings me to my point for the day… if Jeffrey Epstein actually had ANYTHING on the Clintons, the Trumps, the British Royal Family or any politician you can name, he would NEVER have been in jail in the first place. Think about it.
Or, like a quote from somebody of whom you don’t personally approve, you can ignore it. Either way, the sun will set tonight and rise again tomorrow.
Jeffery Epstein is dead.
We Americans have something of an odd streak when it comes to humor, especially so-called “dark humor.” Back in 2001, literally less than twenty-four hours after the events of 9-11, I heard the first 9-11 joke. It was tasteless. It was highly inappropriate. Most of all it was highly insensitive. But in an era when we as a society weren’t offended by everything that was ever uttered, it was also, very funny. I remember laughing at it, feeling horribly bad about it, laughing some more and then – this is still remarkable to me – just moving on.
With the much expected and the predicted demise of Mr. Epstein, the jokes and the gallows humor (ahem) have already made it around the world and back again. I’ll admit it, I laughed at some of them.
But many questions remain. The biggest of which is whether or not this is justice?