An Outsiders Description of the Tea Bagged Right's Fantasy 'Neverland'
Further explorations of the Tea-Bagged Right's 'Neverland' fantasy world, taken from an ongoing discussion at DelphiForums. Here, one of the folks mentions a common element to a popular form of "I've found Jesus" stories, and my response. Feel free to pick up the conversation in the comments below.
>> It's common in some right-wing Christian circles to claim 'dabbling in Witchcraft' before they found Jesus as a way to strengthen their conversation story.
Those stories almost always fall apart when looked at by any actual Modern Pagan and/or Witch. <<
Those stories use a type of common myth-perception that reinforces the need to ~not~ bother to verify facts, as those facts would shatter their ongoing narrative with shards of awareness from the realm of reality.
That won't do for those who prefer to live in the comfy-zone of mentally unchallenged thought and wild conspiracy-theory based fantasy.
From the piece that I'd posted on ePluribus Media yesterday:
All we need now to complete the set is some idiot with a name starting with "C" who claims to have dabbled in witchcraft and clearly can't tell the different between between witchcraft (which, in modern usage as a religion, generally refers to neopaganism) and satanism...
Oh, wait -- nevermind.
If any of their fellow myth-perceiving Tea Bagged masses happen to stumble across the article, they'll have the ability to read the linked Wikipedia citations.
The vast majority won't, judging from past experience. A few enterprising ones may check to see where the link goes and will likely announce "Wikipedia? That's not a reliable source!" and the rest of the rabble will take up the call like a shield, reinforcing their collective mental shield against any assault of information or reason and protecting their groupthink mentality from harm.
It's what they do.
And it's not because they're intellectually incurious (they are, but that's almost beside the point): it's because they are afraid to be forced out of their comfort zone, where they can feel like their outrage is effective and their actions, racism, bigotry and selfishness are justified.
In effect, they refuse to step out of their virtual mental/emotional Neverland and risk growing up in the real world.
The biggest problem with that is that they ~also~ want to drag the rest of reality into that bubble of vitriolic fantasy, so that everyone is subject to their rules and nobody has to take any chances that reality might crop up and force them to mature mentally and socially.
That's why most of them poo-poo education as anything important -- because it is one of the most basic tenets of a reality-based society, and a strong educational system might churn out enough thinking people that their little Never-Neverland fantasy world could implode from dwindling attendance and increasing neglect.