‘Bullshit’ Lies

February 9, 2017

Low-clouds mingled with wet fog, creating a gray-shrouded late Thursday afternoon here on California’s north coast — we awaiting another rainstorm, supposedly this time coupled with a cold front, which should be punching the region by maybe tonight or real-early tomorrow.

Since my Honda Accord went on an electrical blink a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve been on foot, this seemingly-unceasing rain-bound weather we’ve experienced lately has made me lazy, and sleep-headed. Just now getting around to doing my usual week-day post for today, usually done way-earlier.
Just now gearing up the energy.
Or figuring out how to put a yoke on the vitality that’s sapped by way-way-too much lying shit out there, screaming for attention.
T-Rump bullshitting about lying: ‘“I don’t like to lie, no. I don’t like to lie, no. It’s something that — it’s not something that I would like to be doing.”

(Illustration: ‘Pinocchio,’ by Enrico Mazzanti (1852-1910), found here).

The horror of T-Rump is he doesn’t seem to care if he’s lying or not, and despite reality right in front of him, and an obvious lie — it’s all in the wind: ‘No rational person could believe this. That leaves two possibilities: Trump intentionally dispenses falsehoods any smart person knows will be detected as lies, or worse, he cannot discern between reality and what he wishes was true.’

Lauren Griffin, director of external research, University of Florida, at Quartz last Tuesday, examined T-Rump’s lies wrapped in a nasty-burrito of bullshit.
Key snips:

Bullshitters, as philosopher Harry Frankfurt wrote in his 1986 essay “On Bullshit,” don’t care whether what they are saying is factually correct or not.
Instead, bullshit is characterized by a “lack of connection to a concern with truth [and] indifference to how things really are.”
Frankfurt explains that a bullshitter “does not care whether the things he says describe reality correctly.
He just picks them out, or makes them up, to suit his purpose.”
In addition to being unconcerned about the truth (which liars do care about, since they are trying to conceal it), Frankfurt suggests that bullshitters don’t really care whether their audience believes what they are saying.
Indeed, getting the audience to believe something is false isn’t the goal of bullshitting.
Rather, bullshitters say what they do in an effort to change how the audience sees them, “to convey a certain impression” of themselves.

Like all of us, Trump may be putting up psychological defenses to avoid accepting information that challenges his worldviews, as research suggests all of us do.
So although he’s corrected frequently by journalists and on social media, it’s a very real possibility that he’s simply shut out anyone or any source of information that threatens his way of seeing things.
But this is of little comfort.
Trump has an affinity for speaking mistruths with little consideration for their factual accuracy.
Combine this with his relentless efforts to discredit anyone who challenges his declarations and his heavy use of social media — where posts and tweets can go viral with little context and no fact-checking — and it sets the stage for a dangerous turn in American political and civil discourse.

And sucks the energy…

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