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Entertainment: the culture’s evolving myths parading as fictions. St. George slays the dragon. We never get tired of it. Mammal victorious over reptile.

Come on, that fight was won seventy millions years ago, and not by any necessary great virtue on the part of the mammals. It’s like watching Hollywood movies in the 1950s: the US beats Hitler: again, and again, and again.

The cowboy kills the Indian: again, and again. Only now the cowboy saves the Indian (the Indian is not permitted to save himself: he didn’t, so how can we imagine it?) See? Now it’s the bad guys who killed the Indians; not us! It’s the bad guys who addicted them to alcohol, tricked them out of more land via treaties, laws, each as counterfeit and worthless as the last …

How come we wouldn’t be entertained by myths of governments controlling publication of money, news, fact … all of it phoney? Licencees, certificates, diplomas …?

How would kleptocrats recognize real money if they saw it? Or a real fact?

The most interesting information issues from how our myths change under our noses. For centuries, the men all beat up half the women, but killed themselves trying to protect the warlord’s women. Smack her around, Cagny! Now the women beat up half the men: kick them in the balls to no one’s objection. We cast some ninety pound anorexic and a bunch of beefy gymnasts who can throw themselves over backwards out the window while the mannequin poses. What’s going on?

That’s all I’m taking time for at the moment: but feel free to add your own. Offer to share them here, if you like them.

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Seems to me that some modicum of honesty is requisite to intelligence. If we look in the mirror and see not kleptocrats but Christians, we’re still in the same old trouble.
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