You know the type. They have such a limited world view that nothing other than the smallest piece of the pie matters, and that small piece is theirs. Now, the rest of the pie might be green with mold, but all our gourmand can think about is that sliver of pie, seemingly not yet infected, and the whole world around him is consumed in that one slice. They’re the kind of people whose minds and attention spans are so limited that they can’t be bothered with anything except that special interest of theirs, whether it be politics, sports, the cost of gasoline, opera… you name it.
Most people aren’t so trivial as to become all consumed with their slice of pie, and can generally hold a decent conversation on a variety of topics. But when the conversation becomes invaded by the addled jibber-jabber of these one-thought wonders, you might as well just give it up for the day and find something else to fill your time, because subtle hints won’t deter them, nor will ignoring them or even confronting them with the fact that all they ever talk about is their special interest. It might slow them down for a moment or two, but they lack the ability for even short term change.
The worst of the lot are the political junkies who wear their assigned labels like badges of honor; liberal, conservative, right wing or left, Republican, Democratic, Libertarian or Independent. If one says that the sky is blue, it will be fodder for the political spin that they can put on it. They can give you a million reasons why the country is in its current fix, conveniently rewriting history so that their particular politician or political party had nothing to do with it, even if there are recordings, both video and audio, of their candidate making damning statements on any subject. Revisionist history knows no political bounds and seldom bears much of a relationship to historical accuracy an often even common sense. Don’t confuse them with truth and accuracy for their minds are made up and they are wholly invested in maintaining their version of events, else they might have to admit that they have swallowed just as much of the Kool Aid as the other guy.
Religious fanatics… you gotta love them… could pretty much be painted with the same brush, and fortified with the smugness of attitude that comes from being ultimately right in a fundamentalist kind of way. ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALISM is EVIL and denigrates women, forcing them into subservience to men “makes them wear beekeeper outfits,” covering themselves from head to toe. “Obviously,” says the Christian fundamentalist, “this is wrong and not in keeping with the word of GOD.” Yet, if you look at Fred and Martha, you’ll see that Fred rules the roost in his “right” Christian home, they know that in Ephesians 5:22 – 33, they are told: “22: Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23: For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. 24: Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. 25: Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26: that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27: that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. 28: So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. 29: For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. 30: For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. 31: “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32: This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.”Islamic or Christian Fundamentalism is simply the opposite side of the coin in a situation that the coin is paper thin and there really isn’t much difference after all, leaving plenty of space for a very Satanic third side option that embraces much more of a realistic male/female paradigm than either of these faith based systems could ever conceive. But that third side can never be seen unless one can find a way to defocus from the other two and look at things with fresh eyes. In order to gain new perspectives on anything, one has to be open to the possibility that their preconceptions taint any evidence that can cause doubt within their faith based beliefs. Simply put, one has to develop the discipline to allow themselves to set themselves apart from a situation in which they might be intimately involved, in order to see things as they actually are, rather that what we wish them to be or what we have been told that they must be. This, my friends, includes the “born agains” of whatever stripe, political, religious, atheist, pragmatist, vegan, you name it. If your WERE “that,” but now you are “this,” you’ve run up against a roadblock in your thinking that you simply can’t wish away or dismiss. If you need to reference what you are vs what you were, then it negates the reality that HUMANS do things within AND without religious constructs, so in order to see change, one must see people as simply that… people. Then we can work on the inequities that they take upon themselves. It all begins with being able to see the big picture, vs that small sliver of pie we feel is uncontaminated by the whole. Truth be known, the pie itself is contaminated… the degree to which your slice might be contaminated is up for debate and will always remain in question until we can back off and analyze it dispassionately. You can do that best when your head is in the bright light of day and the fresh air of impartiality much better than the darkness and myopia of the inside of your own ass.