Phileas Fogg, as self-composed as if the judgment did not in the least concern him, did not even lift his eyebrows while it was being pronounced. Jules Verne Around the World in Eighty DaysPeople's assessment of others' character and mental health is strongly correllated with extraneous social-affiliational interests.
When we assess others we predictably exhibit excessive certitude. Harshly negative assessments of others should be considered especially suspect when they coincide with political interest.
It should give us pause, then, when we adopt the dogmatic register. (Listening, dfl mob?)
The political tribe is an egoists' ponzi scheme; the heretic hunters at present own the pitch. Political faction inherently seeks its most mindless still-salable iteration, absent countersteering.
Our predicament entails an aspect of a dark age, as the internet's promise--of opening the political discussion to admit nonrobots--has been successfully usurped by a coalition of the stupid and the spineless.
At some point one anticipates an imagined 'intelligent public discourse', occurring within the commentariat; its absence now constitutes a daily assault.
McCarthyite certitudes often sweep affiliational groups; they fiercely resist challenge--and have a built-in tendency to infest and to fester.
Noting the current Pieklo-Fecke McCarthyite stupidity directed at me, I do not mean to suggest that anything unusual--or even dfl-specific--is occurring. This type of outbreak is depressingly commonplace.
To determine the intelligence of a mob, find the IQ of the dumbest member and then divide by the number of people. - old saw