The statistics on insanity are that one out of every four people is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they’re okay, then it’s got to be you.
– Rita Mae Brown
Under normal circumstances, our brain connects what we experience and what we think about those experiences in a fairly straight forward way. For example, if it starts to rain, the well adjusted mind simply accepts the rain for what it is. Rain. It doesn’t suspect a nefarious motive for the rain. It just grabs an umbrella and gets on with its day.
Not everyone has a well adjusted mind, however. A mind that isn’t well adjusted will look at a rainy day and not see it as a meteorological event but as proof that the universe is somehow out to get them. Throw in any sizable dose of schizophrenia, and the rain can even become evidence of a grand conspiracy out to persecute the masses.
Then there are the shades of grey that lie between the well adjusted minds at one end of the spectrum and the tin foil cranks at the other. For these individuals, most days, the rain is just rain. Catch them on the wrong day, like one after eight years of life under a president that they passionately opposed, and they’re likely to believe worse.
These people who, just a decade ago, may have seemed the most well adjusted of umbrella carrying people around have now become quite unhinged. Look at the masses living in echo chambers without any dissent allowed, having abandoned credible, albeit biased sources, for rumor mills, conspiracy outlets, and open propaganda.
It’s never just rain for these people. It’s the “Deep State” and nefarious political actors in a secret civil war conspiring to subject the (white) political majority to the machinations of a rainmaking political cabal of political minorities with global influence drowning the common (white) man in a deluge of doubt and scandal.
They have now rested all of their hopes of deliverance upon a compulsive liar and narcissistic conman, and they are so disconnected from reality that they can’t be warned away. The weather hasn’t changed, but he tells them it has, so they believe him, even while they’re getting drenched. Meanwhile, he can’t even operate an umbrella.
Liberty is For The Win!