It was while I was looking at this Second World War German motorbike with sidecar at a gun show the other day that I thought of all the Jews who died tragically in horrible concentration camps because they didn’t heed the warnings of their friends and family.
“There are none so blind as those who will not see.”
According to the ‘Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings’ this proverb has been traced back to 1546 (John Heywood), and resembles the Biblical verse Jeremiah 5:21 (‘Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not’). In 1738 it was used by Jonathan Swift in his ‘Polite Conversation’ and is first attested in the United States in the 1713 ‘Works of Thomas Chalkley’. The full saying is: ‘There are none so blind as those who will not see. The most deluded people are those who choose to ignore what they already know’.
When people see their societies, business, jobs, relationships or national economies in a state of slow or even accelerated collapse, they have three options: wait and see, fix it, or cut bait and find an alternative. That is for a variety of reasons: the Sunk Cost Fallacy, lack of the mental capacity or self esteem/confidence to be able to hold two opposing views in their minds at the same time to objectively to evaluate their options, or fear of the opinions of others / lack of acceptance by others.
I have seen this in a variety of situations, for example when we immigrated from South Africa in 1997, when we add or exit income generators, and in our involvements in different relationships and organizations, the latter being a wonderful opportunity to observe group dynamics and operant conditioning at work.
Indeed, when one is witnessing the massive importation of people who hate the civilized Western way into Western countries by way of the Trojan Horse of “refugees,” a carefully orchestrated program of social engineering by the Liberals, as well as the breakdown of the family and traditional values, it is obvious that we are, indeed, living in The Country of the Blind of H.G. Wells.
As the novels “Atlas Shrugged” and “1984” are playing out about us, there are still people who believe that nothing is going to change, nothing has changed, that the government cares about us and will look after us, that their votes count, and that their money is secure in the banks. This in spite of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
It’s easier to cling to the government propaganda that is spewed over the masses by the media and Hollywood, or to believe those in business who have a vested interest in your continued ignorance, to stick one’s head in the sand, and to hope things will improve. It’s only natural to select information that supports our dominant beliefs, to exercise selective cognition, to avoid pain, and to hope for the best. This is the way of the Boiling Frog.
The secret? The principle in two words: GALT’S GULCH.
Robin Elliott LeverageAdvantage.com