this might help in reestablishing integrity within our culture with the added benefit that the 1% get less of our money to put into their bank accounts (money is not infinite. if the 1% acquire more it means the rest of us have less).I briefly replied:
Where did you learn your economics? Money is infinite in the sense that wealth is created. It's not a finite pie. It's an expanding pie when you increase the goods and services that people want and they acquire the means to procure or trade for them.My brother is not stupid, but he's not a rigorous thinker in that he, like many, never ask themselves after forming an opinion -- is this really true? Is there anything in the world or in thought that could challenge this notion?
Every dollar govt takes, it removes 3 from the economy. Three dollars that isn't creating more wealth through investment, production, and paying wages.
Real thinking involves attacking your every thought. Feynman said it rightly, "The easiest person to fool is yourself."
Rigor means pretending your idea, theory or opinion is that of your greatest enemy and attacking it with pure hatred and every thing you can think of to see if it can withstand reason from every angle, has wisdom and common sense, and is in conformity with the divine and natural law.
I'm always amazed how smart people are dumb, and never reflect on their thoughts. You expect that from dummies, but it's discouraging that otherwise intelligent people lack critical thinking skills. As if they've lost the desire and curiosity to determine what is truth.
And yet, when you study human defense mechanisms of the Ego, it's not so odd. People hate to feel bad about themselves. There is no lie too big for many to endorse if it protects them from shame, humiliation, or recognition.
I come from a very dysfunctional family. Through the grace of God, I found my way out of my own tortured selfhood. My sibs have yet to have the desire or impelling crisis.