The Gang is All Here

“The mob believes everything it is told, provided only that it be repeated over and over. Provided too that its passions, hatreds, fears are catered to. Nor need one try to stay within the limits of plausibility: on the contrary, the grosser, the bigger, the cruder the lie, the more readily is it believed and followed. Nor is there any need to avoid contradictions: the mob never notices; needless to pretend to correlate what is said to some with what is said to others: each person or group believes only what he is told, not what anyone else is told; needless to strive for coherence: the mob has no memory; needless to pretend to any truth: the mob is radically incapable of perceiving it: the mob can never comprehend that its own interests are what is at stake.” ― Alexandre Koyré, Réflexions sur le mensonge


If I remember correctly it was around 1974 when Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau visited where my family was living. My best friend and myself went to hear what he had to say. The Prime Minister was not afraid of what anyone thought of him. During the period of our bringing our Constitution home Prime Minister did a pirouette behind Queen Elizabeth at the signing ceremony. Anyway, we were there standing listening to the Prime Minister when someone decided to make an ass out of himself by yelling, “if I had a tomato I would throw it at you”. That brought about great laughter, but, it also encouraged others to yell out hateful expressions towards the Prime Minister. The amazing thing was this, Prime Minister Trudeau didn’t miss a beat and kept going with his speech. It wasn’t minutes when the mob realized that they couldn’t get the Prime Minister roiled up, so they quit.

In 1975 we moved back into the city of Windsor, Ontario. In the summer a preacher would come to the city and conduct tent meetings. During one these meetings a former teacher and her son were also there. It was really strange and somewhat uneasy for me. After the meeting they approached me. What happened next truly gave me a shock. The teacher’s son, by the way I did not know they were related when I was in the prior school, and the son apologized for bullying me. I will never forget that few awkward minutes, I will always remember their names and how a bully turned into a acceptable young man.

I have learned over the many years that many who act while in a mob presence would not act that way if they were alone. It is the power of “mob mentality”.

Herd mentalitymob mentality and pack mentality, also lesser known as gang mentality, describes how people can be influenced by their peers to adopt certain behaviors on a largely emotional, rather than rational, basis. When individuals are affected by mob mentality, they may make different decisions than they would have individually. – Wikipedia

I am not writing this to make a political statement. I believe in peaceful protests. However, when a protest turns into violence, property damage, and setting fires, it no longer is a protest, but, it now has become a riot.

In 1968 America was burning. Riots across the nation in cities of Detroit and in Chicago In the latter it was while the Democratic National Convention. The riots were triggered by the assignation of Martin Luther King Jr.. I was not that very old, but do have memories of looking across the Detroit River and seeing smoke rising in the air. I did not understand what was happening, but, I will never forget seeing the smoke rising all across the water front in Detroit.

In Canada back in 1990 we saw a protest that lasted seventy eight days. It occurred in  in the community of Kanesatake, near the Town of Oka, on the north shore of Montreal. The protest was broadcasted on all news channels here in Canada. The catalyst was the announcement of an expansion of a golf club and development of townhouses on disputed land in Kanesatake that was also on a Mohawk burial ground.

I feel protests like the one that happened in Washington, D.C., on January 6 was ripe for violence and all it took was for the mob to let down it’s inhabitations.

InhibitionAn inhibition is a force that prevents something from happening—and often comes from you yourself. Shy people are often said to suffer from inhibitions. Some inhibitions are good, such as the one that prevents us from choking the life out of people we dislike.

It is my guess that many who have been in a mob setting may be regretting it a day or so afterwards. It may have brought criminal charges, embarrassment to the family, and even to the company they work for. The criminal charges if the person is found guilty may imperil their job or future jobs, for that record will always be with them the rest of their life.

So dear reader, have you ever been caught up in the frenzy of a protest turned riot?

Lessons Learned In 2020

“We stand on the edge of the abyss, across whose unknowable face we paint meaning so as not to see into it. It is always there. But we’re here too, and we are no less real than the abyss. We are no less meaningful for being transient creatures caught up in something too big for us. There is still value to our lives. I’ve learned that those things that are most fragile are also the most precious.”
― Ovadya ben Malka, A Damaged Mirror


Don’t Move The Goal Posts

I grew up watching with my siblings Charlie Brown Cartoon Specials. Almost in every one somehow Lucy would talk Charlie Brown into running and kicking the football while she held it. Sure enough, just as Charlie Brown was in motion of kicking the ball Lucy would move it causing Charlie Brown to land flat on his back on the ground.

So it was in politics in America, Democrats would play by the rules while the Senate Leader changed the rules of the game, moving the goal posts. President Obama was left trying to have his nominee for the Supreme Court denied. The excuse given by Senator Mitch O’Connell was, it was in an election year. Fast forward October 2020 President Trump nominates someone for the Supreme Court during an election only a month away. Once again the goal posts are moved and the nominee was confirmed during an election year.

Keep Your Cool!

On the blog site Competitive Edge I found this paragraph on poor sportsmanship:

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A poor sport is someone who takes the emotions that go with losing and “shares” them with everyone around. They put the winner down, claim that their opponent’s victory was either lucky or not deserved (like Plushenko did), bad mouth the game officials or media, and in many other ways, distinguish themselves as immature asses.

If I’m Angry, Upset and Disappointed…

I believe I have written before about how my father would react if he lost a game. When he lost it usually lead to a temper tantrum, sometimes throwing everything to the floor. I soon learned how to avoid playing any type of game with him. What he did was to show me what a poor sport looks and acts like when they lose.

We are seeing a similar situation being played out on a national and global stage. President Donald J. Trump throwing temper tantrums in the face of losing the presidential election. Having lawyers filing law suits in the courts trying to overturn the results of the election. He has not learned how to be gracious in the face of defeat. My guess is that at his age he will not change. He probably has been that way all of his life. When faced with losing he reminds me about a saying I heard while growing up, “taking his ball and bat then goes home”.

Blind Leading The Blind

I am not one who follows someone just because everyone else is doing it. My mother would ask us when I would get myself into trouble with my friends. She would ask the question, “if so and so would jump off the bridge would you also do it”? While watching newscasts seeing people acting irrational being caught up into a “mob mentality”.

…Mob mentality, also called as herd mentality, describes how humans adopt behaviors, buy merchandise, and follow trends based on their circle of influence.  It explains how one’s point of view can be easily altered by those around them…

What Is Mob Mentality?

I can see a situation where President Trump starts to spout rhetoric for his base to watch the polling stations claiming that the Democrats are committing fraud with the ballots.

Poll Watchers CNN Politics By Maegan Vazquez, CNN

Updated 10:19 PM ET, Tue September 8, 2020

“Watch it,” he continued. “Be poll watchers when you go there. Watch all the thieving and stealing and robbing they do. Because this is important. We win North Carolina, we win.”


So dear reader these are a few lessons that I have learned so far in 2020!

Books I’ve Read During the Pandemic of 2020

When the shutdown started back in the early spring I decided to make good use of the time during the shutdown with the pandemic. The following are the books that I have read or I am currently reading now.

To get more information about the book click on the Author’s Name. The link will take you to Amazon.ca. For those reading in other countries change the setting to your country.




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Author


Published
On Tyranny; Twenty Lessons from the
Twentieth Century
Timothy Snyder2020
The Elements of Style(Classic Edition)William Strunk Jr.2017
[Originally Published 1918
A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump’s Testing of AmericaPhilip Rucker & Carol Leoning2020
Disloyal; A Memoir, “The True Story of the Former Personal Attorney Donald J Trump”Michael Cohen2020
The Room Where It Happened; A White House MemoirJohn Bolton, Former Security Advisor of the United States2020
Too Much and Never Enough; How My Family Created The World’s Most Dangerous ManMary Trump2020
Currently Reading: RageBob Woodward2020
   

October 2, 2020 – President, First Lady Tested Positive, Now In Quarantine

Just as I was about to turn out the lights, shut off the t.v., around 11 – 11:30 p.m. the news came across with multiple news outlets announced the President and First Lady have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.

Earlier today it was announced that Presidential aide, Hope Hicks, also tested positive. She was with the President in many events since last Monday. She is also in quarantine, and those who she has been in contact with are also being advised to quarantine.

It is still in the early stage on the numbers who have been in close contact with those who have received positive test results for the coronavirus.

For the President this is very serious because of so many factors. His age, seventy-four years old, he is over weight, and also his dietary routine.

So now the whole election campaign has changed on the stop of a dime, news coverage discussing that debates are probably cancel due to those positive test results of the virus. If the President has to quarantine for fourteen days, this means he will only have about fourteen days to campaign.

Connections

“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.”
― Herman Melville


Throughout my life I have watched people, what I have noticed that those who are connected through family, friends, pen-pals, email seem to stay vibrant. I have also noticed with senior couples if the wife dies first usually the husband does not last long.

I have a neighbor who is probably in her seventies, she works at a grocery store as a clerk, she gets up every morning and goes for a walk with a group of people inside the local mall. If it wasn’t for the white hair you would not think that she is as old.

I am not as connected as I use to be, my circle has shrunk down. However, I keep connected through reading or watching about world events. I have been reading, not e-book either, an actual pen and paper. I have read two, in the middle of a third one. The topic, Donald J. Trump. These are not conspiracy writings, one was written by a family member.

I have also read a book about style of writing, “Elements of Style“, author William Strunk Jr. It was penned near the beginning of the twentieth century. It has given me much lessons on writing, it’s structure, format, much more.

My most favorite place that I have made connections with others is the WordPress community. I truly enjoy reading all the posts that I follow, plus many more. Also the enjoyment in conversing with other bloggers through the comment section at the end of each post. All of this gives me some depth about the world I live in. I no longer feel like a lost, stranded on a desert island. A place that allows me to know that there are other humans experiencing some of the same afflictions that I face in my life.

So dear reader there is much more that I could write, I feel that I have expressed all my thoughts about the word “connections!

Some Positive Stuff That Happened While In The Hospital

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Photo by Martha Dominguez de Gouveia on Unsplash

My hospital stay wasn’t all negative, yet there is more to tell, there was some great positive things that happened.

  • Covid-19 test came back negative
  • Tests for any MRSA (superbug) also negative
  • On a truly lighter side, I am just as smart as Donald J. Trump.[maybe I am smarter. I like to read and also believe the science]. Aced the same cognitive test. It is a test to know if there is dementia, Alzheimer’s disease. Also to see if maybe any damage after a stroke.
  • My former Psychiatrist stopped in and had a great visit with her.  It was sort surreal, visiting with her as just a patient who was not under her care. When she went to leave I made a comment, “Dr. just considered me a student who graduated”. She loved to hear all the positive things that have happened since I left her.

So dear reader I just thought today would be a good day to share something uplifting for you to enjoy!

Sir Have You No Empathy, No Compassion?

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Note: This is my personal feelings about two issues that I have to write about.  There is no intent to offend anyone in any way.

“Some are able and humane men and some are low-grade individuals with the morals of a goat, the artistic integrity of a slot machine, and the manners of a floorwalker with delusions of grandeur.” ~ Raymond Chandler

Humane Quotes

I have been mulling over about whether I should write this post.  I know there are feelings on all sides of these two issues.  I am a Canadian, do not work for the Government of Canada, who is horrified every time these two stories come to forefront on the news.

The U.S. A. and Mexico Border

I realize that a country has the sovereign right to control it’s borders.   The crisis at the southern border between the United States and Mexico has become in and of itself has become a humanitarian crisis.

There are multiple thousands now in limbo just across the border in Mexico who are living in such conditions that they bathe in contaminated water, wash their clothes in the same water, and that water is the only source for them to drink.  In one camp there is approximately two thousand and only six latrines.

Every time I see footage from the Mexican side of the border I just cannot stomach it, my outrage over it almost gets the best of me.

Sick Migrant Children With Life Or Death Illness Face Deportation

In August of this year migrant families with ill children received letters that they had thirty-three days to leave the USA or risk being deported.  These children are in the States under “deferred action” program.  For many if sent back to their home country will likely die for back home has no programs to treat their life threatening illness.

Where Is The Empathy and The Compassion?

I wonder if those who are creating these rules, and those who are enforcing them have any empathy or compassion.  Surely some of these must have children, elderly parents, if it was members of their family receiving such orders how would they feel. 

I am writing this as if I were writing one person and one person only, that person being the President of The United States, Donald J. Trump.

So, I would ask you Mr. President, have you no empathy or compassion?