Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Wizard’s First Rule & People Are Stupid

I’ve been reading Terry Goodkind’s “Sword of Truth” series. I think I’ve mentioned that before (although it may have been in a comment).

Anyway, the other day I was playing an online computer game and chatting with some complete strangers (it’s fun in an off-balanced kind of way). The most chatty and irritating of the bunch was from Arizona. We had a couple of guys as far away as Australia. At least they said they were from Australia with the appropriate accent and everything.

The irritating guy suddenly started bashing Obama. He was, obviously, a strong believer in the Republican party. Everything that’s wrong with the world today is the Democrat’s fault. Apparently Republicans have no remorse, regret, or guilt from the 8 years of hell we recently endured.

But this guy has been listening to the gospel as presented by people like Mike Huckabee. It scared me to tears that a (I think he was) 18 year old from Arizona had been indoctrinated with this kind of brain washing. All we need is people finally getting to vote and casting their ballots for a Baptist Minister Republican. It gives me chills writing it down.

That’s when it occurred to me that The Republican Party are masters at using the Wizard’s First Rule. That’s right folks, the writers of fantasy fiction books have crossed over into the world of Republican politics.

The Wizard’s First Rule (as described by Terry Goodkind) states:

People are stupid; given proper motivation, almost anyone will believe almost anything. Because people are stupid, they will believe a lie because they want to believe it's true, or because they are afraid it might be true. People’s heads are full of knowledge, facts, and beliefs, and most of it is false, yet they think it all true. People are stupid; they can only rarely tell the difference between a lie and the truth, and yet they are confident they can, and so are all the easier to fool.

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