We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"From the very beginning, the modern worldview has given rise to peculiar utopianisms of various stripes, all grounded in the dream of overcoming nature and living, free of necessity and fear, able to meet every one of our needs and our whims, and able, most especially, to live indefinitely in good health. This brand of utopianism generally begins in a benign libertarianism, though at times it has ended in political extremism, if not the guillotine." (From Science and Politics post).
If you concentrate you can see the end of your nose if you're looking straight ahead, but if you don't think about it it's invisible. Our minds were built to bend light with the gravity of concentration so we won't see what's right in front of our face. It's all about how hard you're looking at something; it's about faith and evolution I think.
You know, somehow I think it matters that in the bible I remember reading something about how if you see the face of God your head will explode. That and the heart being deceitful above all things. Is it a coincidence that one sense of the word "explode" used as a transitive verb means to debunk or discredit? I like to think if you blow-up a cherished belief your head will real a little, but if you jump on the detonator of all of the minds happy little lies the combined explosive power will devestate your melon. So you take out little bits of misconceptions a piece at a time and be cheered by your progress, because God's radiance cannot be bent by the human mind and I suspect standing at the precipice of finitude before the face of the almighty sucks.
As for lying to other people, well, I'm liking Dr. Bliss' smack-down.
Jephnol, nice post. Never mind the happy little lies. I can see the explosive power of your new little toy on those melon targets you have. I like Dr Joy too. I sure hope she didn't lie to me when she said I was " normal" I was having carnal thoughts of her in her bathing suit , and beautiful tan awhile back.