When I went to the unpersuasive “women’s march” last week, I quoted Scott Adams and said that each of us lives in our own personal movies. My movie might be completely different from yours, but we both still manage to live in a somewhat shared space and get along just fine.
The recent post I did about disconnecting in the age of Trump is timely, because the left and the social justice warriors, aided by social media, is having a massive freak out about President Trump’s latest executive order that was quickly labeled the “Muslim ban.” This episode is a good example of why people are never rational.
First, look at what the order actually does. Here’s the meat of it that matters for our purposes:
- A 120 day suspension of the refugee admissions program.
- An indefinite suspension of the admission of Syrians under the program.
- A prohibition of entry or visa issuance from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, and Libya for 90 days.
Is this a “Muslim ban?”
The simple answer would be no. There are many other Muslim-majority nations completely unaffected. In fact I would say that putting Iran on the list but not Saudi Arabia or Pakistan is a joke in terms of trying to prevent terrorism, but that’s a digression
The fact remains that the majority of Muslim countries in the world have the exact same status as they had before. People (presumably Muslims) from those countries are coming in just as they were before.
In fact, the executive order isn’t too different in substance from the ones Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter issued in their own presidencies on this subject.
But facts don’t matter to persuasion, and because the people up in arms about this were primed to see Donald Trump as wanting to “ban Muslims,” they assume or tag this as a “Muslim ban.” It was all the evidence they needed. Since I don’t have that particular predilection (my head movie is different), I’m not affected. It’s exactly what I expected to see and said would happen in Stumped.
There’s no question that an important driving factor behind the outcry of this executive order from President Trump is that people of a certain political persuasion see this “Muslim ban” as being “racist,” which is the prime reason why they’re upset, and so is more confirmation bias that Donald Trump is “racist.”
But is Islam a race or a religion?
In the head movie of some, “Islam” must pertain to people that look like this:
So since they aren’t “white,” “banning” them is “racist.”
But one girl who I’ve mentioned here before is Muslim from Russian Circassia. She doesn’t wear the Hijab or any other typical “Muslim” garb and is as “white” as any standard hipster SJW who’s most up in arms about this executive order. Would, say, “banning” her, be reflexively seen as “racist?” My guess would be no because she wouldn’t reflexively fit in to what people view as being “a Muslim.”
What you’re seeing isn’t something particularly “factual,” but is a great example of the power of confirmation bias triggered by word-thinking. Take notes and enjoy.
I know, I’m getting a bit tired of the Donald Trump posts as well, but as I’ve said before, this is something illuminating about the human mind and condition, and interesting to students of persuasion, so therefore I’m covering it. The President does that often.
Now that you remember how Donald Trump triggered a mass outpouring of hysterical, but humorous confirmation bias in this non-“Muslim Ban,” you might visualize yourself doing the same and triggering the snowflakes for yourself, laughing all the way. You’ll be setting them up on wild goose chases after getting the full Trump persuasion playbook in Stumped.
In better, deeper news, the second episode of the Kleos Podcast is now released dealing with the history of the conception of “kleos” and the calling of that enterprise for the modern masculine man.
We’re putting this here because there’s far better things to do than follow SJW outrage all the time.
In this episode you will learn…
- The origination of Kleos in Mycenaean Greece and carried through time by Homer.
- What it meant to the heroes of the Iliad and Odyssey.
- What it means to you – and the challenge you face to not be a nameless dead person in the ground.
- A cosmic, universal perspective that ties into the concept and your own life.