Here are some reactions to Brexit,
Reporters around the world were left terrified, heartbroken and angry over the vote in the United Kingdom to withdraw from the European Union.
“No words. The dream is over. Britain has voted to fall into the sea. This is the end,” Fusion’s Felix Salmon opined on social media. “I despair. This is not my England.”
“I feel like there’s been a death in the family. There needs to be some kind of funeral,” he added.
U.K. journalist Oliver Bullough despaired, “If you voted Leave, you voted to destroy my country and ruin my children’s future. Do not expect me to be cool about this, because I’m not.”
“Brexit is a an [sic] incredibly sad victory for racists and bigots and much that is vile in the world,” said CBS News foreign correspondent Debora Patta
That is some pretty strong stuff. Or is it? Perhaps it is more of a reflection on the ability of those making the comments inability to consider the situation as it truly is.
As a wee lad of nine, I watched my well educated aunts in action. They were of course liberals. I watched how they seemingly made little sense; that is, they apparently did not see the contradictions in what they were saying and doing. This was especially apparent after they made bold proclamations about their views. I decided right then that I would try to always be on the side of correctness; that is, operate under models of reality that made sense.
What did I have that apparently my Aunts did not? For one, an ability to be introspective. It is useful in order to be able to evaluate oneself, and to hopefully make corrections based on that evaluation. Corrections based on an effective model of reality should be a no-brainer, but it is not.
For various reasons, left of center people (including pretty much all Feminists) typically have lots of issues with using introspection effectively. Perhaps the biggest reason is that of cognitive dissonance. It starts with the fact that the dogma (Feminist and otherwise) can n0t easily be reconciled with reality. Naturally if this is the case, one does not want to think too much about how the dogma one bases their life, and perhaps more importantly , identity on. So challenges from the outside are quickly labeled as sexist (pick your ist) in order to dismiss them without considering them in depth.
Why do people fall into this trap? This is easy to explain. Looking at the world and then yourself using a realistic model is darn depressing. Furthermore, it is complicated. The other models are simpler and less depressing. Who wouldn’t want that? As a bonus, they get to convince themselves that they are smarter and cooler than everybody else. Once again, some introspection might go a long way toward dissuading them of these notions, but who wants to go there?
Perhaps throughout recent history Feminists have been the largest group operating as such. The results are disastrous, but how does one get them to be introspective?
P.S. For some reason I could not get the formatting of the paragraphs working, so I used lines to separate.