“The answers you get depend on the questions you ask.” – Thomas S. Kuhn
This is a profound statement that goes to the heart of our cultural and political troubles. Here is a good question to ask: “Why have we suffered through the greatest wealth transfer in history the last eight years – wealth being transferred by the trillions and trillions of dollars from the poor and middle class to the very wealthy?”
Why is no one asking that question? Why no one is asking that question is another excellent question to ask. Perhaps the reason no one is asking is because the answer would lead to the demise of 100% of the Democrat Party and perhaps 80% of the Republican Party. I suspect that is the answer to why very few candidates (and only those leaning libertarian) and virtually no one in the mainstream media has bothered to ask that question.
We do not ask the questions because we do not want to deal with the consequences of the answers. We almost always ask questions which we know beforehand the answers will be advantageous to us – no unpleasant consequences to have to deal with. Answers which will never compel us to have to say, “I am sorry, I was wrong.” Answers which will never place personal accountability on ourselves. Answers where it is always the fault or responsibility of someone else for our predicament.
A great deal of our collective insanity stems from our refusal to ask the questions which may result in answers with real consequences for ourselves. After someone has spent day after day, week after week, year after year berating others as being wrong – it is exceedingly difficult to ask the question for which the answer may be that the one doing the berating was also the one who was incorrect. As a culture we have lost the ability to confess to being in error and the consequence of that is that we have also lost the ability to learn. We have gained the ability to be manipulated by anyone who comes along and offers us an exit from the dreaded, “I am sorry, I was wrong.”
No matter how ludicrous, absurd or insane the option may be – as a society we inevitably take the option that allows to escape having to say, “I am sorry, I was wrong.”
This is not good for our mental health. That these ludicrous, absurd or insane options are what we most often prefer to truth – or even the most vague attempt at discovering the truth – has created a society of automatons who ask no more questions that what the political structure and media instruct them to ask. The political structure and media will never instruct them to ask questions which are not advantageous to the political structure and media. Ever.
So, why have we suffered through the greatest wealth transfer in history the last eight years – wealth being transferred by the trillions and trillions of dollars from the poor and middle class to the very wealthy? Why is no one asking that question? Pursue truthful answers to those two questions and the revolution will become very real very quickly.