“Opening minds and angravating liberals since 2001”
“I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.”
Genesis 3:19 John 3:16
My Friends and Fellow Survivors:
“Obsessive Compulsive Disorder” is dastardly little bugger. It runs from what some people might call being “anal compulsive” to “the counters” to those where there are triggers that make them unable to function.
In some cases the causes are psychological, others are physiological and others have not-so-finely defined roots.
Some of the manifestations are what one might be called “anal compulsive” where certain things must be done in a certain order or once a task is started it must be seen to perfect completion.
Those on the next step on the ladder are the “counters.” They lock a door and then have to check it, say, five times and counting out loud to that number while checking the lock. Some set arbitrarily higher numbers, say, twenty-five, and count to that number. Now, if they think they miss a number they have to start from one again.
In some cases, the counting is a prelude to more severe actions as they will use higher and higher numbers almost to force themselves to doubt that they reached that preordained number without missing one. In such a case, they will start from one again and count until they are satisfied.
Then there are the “cleaners.” The cleaners are not so much “clean” and in fact rarely “neat” but the item or environment must be clean of dirt, disease, microbes and so on. Often times this is part of a larger issue. Other times it is a ritual because the person feels “dirty” about something be it physical or of some actions or even thoughts. In the later cases, they think the ritual cleaning will “cleanse” them of their bad, evil or dirty deeds or thoughts.
But then there are the extreme cases. These are people who have an irrational fear about something and when faced with it can render them paralytic with fear and dread.
Often times the trigger is something which can be very reasonably explained away but the victim refuses to accept any explanations. In all many cases when a person in is this state they know what they are doing is irrational but that dread, that fear, that has a hold on them transcends any cogent and rational explanation.
They will often try to “trick” themselves to allow them to be convinced there is nothing irrational about their irrational actions by creating such an elaborate scenario that it becomes like the “counter.” Sure, you can explain this, that and the other thing but now there is X and you cannot explain that away. When you finally do, there is Y and so on and so forth.
For instance: A person “develops” a sudden fear of, let’s pick a manufactured crisis but a real thing nonetheless, Ebola. Now, this person decides that Ebola exists and he has to do everything in his power to make sure he does not get it. Of course EVERYONE else in the town, city, state and Country are at the same risk. And, of course, this person knows that but he focuses on Ebola as his pretend bête noire.
Now, this person can go hours, days, weeks, even longer until a trigger occurs to set them off. (Of course, if it goes too long, the victim will introduce another aspect, condition or something that will hasten the trigger so they can slide into the distress and panic of “getting Ebola.”
So, if someone sneezes, there you go, Ebola. Yup. Ebola is in the air and believing they are exposed, the person might have to run home, take a shower, clean or throw away their clothes, disinfect everything with which he came into contact in the house.
OK, so someone spends a great deal of time to explain to that person that he cannot get Ebola just because someone on the street a block away sneezed.
The victim accepts this and has to come up with something else. So, their attention and focus is on Africa. While a bit of a stretch, if the person goes shopping and sees an item that was made in any place in Africa, the victim might convince himself that the rug, shawl, fez or whatever has sufficient time in Africa to be exposed to Ebola and any contact would infect them on the spot!
Oddly enough, the victim is drawn to primitive arts classes, shows, expositions or whatever where they are subconsciously drawn to the thing that they think will destroy them.
With very little education one can prolly talk a normal person out of this line of irrationality. But these people we are discussing have a severe mental issue. These people are not necessarily stupid or dim, they are afflicted with a disease and they can be reasoned with on a logical basis and depending on their state of mind at the time they will accept reasonable explanations. Unless the psychosis is deeper in their mind where any amount of rational thought is dismissed.
But now, there is nothing triggering their anxiety and that is even worse than having a trigger. The victim is irrationally convinced that something terrible is going to happen to them and that anxiety is exacerbated by the fact that now it is something unknown that is going to kill them or their loved ones. That will never do!
They are in a mentally deficient state but they know enough that if there is not physical thing that they can say “See, that has Ebola!” then anything can and will set them off. They know that they are acting irrationally but they would prefer not to be bedridden in a bath of Lysol 24/7. So, they create another trigger.
As long as there is a trigger, or an (un)reasonable facsimile, they can live a “normal” life. Even though “normal” to them might be having daily episodes of paralytic anxiety.
It goes on and on.
While there are drugs and therapy that is available it is still a debilitating disease. The victim typically cannot hold a job. Well, if they live alone they may be forced to but if there is someone to take care of them they will panic themselves out of the workforce.
New relationships and friendships are usually rare for the more extreme cases. Sadder still is that the victim oftentimes will, by design or circumstance, create a distance between themselves and most of their loved ones. (They will always make sure they have one ally to take care of them be it a spouse, parent or barring them, a friend.)
This is not a dissertation on this disease. This is to prove that Liberalism is a mental disease.
You can take out “Ebola” and insert “global warming” or “weapons of mass destruction” or “path to citizenship” and you will get the same response from a Lib that you will get from an OCD victim.
You will get an irrational explanation of the indefensible. For instance, the weather here in the Northeast has been horrendous. The weather prognosticators are all over the map with respect to temperature, snowfall, wind or anything else. These nice folks are pouring over tons of data 24/7 and STILL they miss the mark.
Yet, we are supposed to suspend belief that these same folks who cannot accurately predict the weather tomorrow somehow can predict what the climate is going to be in five, ten, twenty years? Really? And I am crazy for not agreeing with them?
Here is one of those silly Liberal things, the back and forth persiflage with ordinarily normal people who when faced with a way out of their conundrum, throw another obstacle in the way.
One friend posted a link from some left-wing-nut site that read: “So car companies have to pay workers less to stay globally competitive?” Then there is a picture of a VW Minibus with the following “Germany produces twice as many cars as the US while paying its workers twice as much.”
Midnight the Wonder Dog shook his head when I read that to him!
You see, if ANYONE with a modicum of common sense, of any idea of anything to do with cars or wages, or had an interwebs to look up things, looked at that they would cry “Foul!” Or worse.
Yet, there are those who see something like this, it hits their “trigger” and they are forced to expose their ignorance.
Here is my back and forth:
Number 1: 2013 US Auto production: 11,045,902. Germany: 5,718,222. So, how does that work? Number 2: just like all the other socialist countries in Europe who “are paid more than the US” are also the countries who pay more in taxes than the United States. Ergo irrespective of wages/taxes, by disposable income the US is #1, Germany was #11. Old Friend, the problem with agenda driven links is that there are no facts to support their claims and tons of data to disprove them. That DOES explain a lot, however…
John, for once your facts correlate with the real issue…. are we happy. We come in at rank 17 while Germany only comes in at 26. So we are, according to the World Happiness report (http://unsdsn.org/…/02/WorldHappinessReport2013_online.pdf) ,happier than the less productive Germans. But we are not nearly as happy as the residents of Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, Netherlands, Sweden, Canada, Finland, Austria, Iceland, and Australia, to name a few. So the higher pay and higher taxes of Denmark may make it the happiest country in the world. Now we don’t necessarily have to be the happiest country in the world, but perhaps we should emulate their model of paying everyone better for their work and taxing everyone to provide a higher quality of life for everyone. Hmmm………
Old pal. My facts are always correct and accurate, of course, one might choose other sources for data, but the number of cars made is a solid number, ditto who pays what in taxes the percentage of disposable income and average shoe size of mesomorphic males under 1.8 meters tall. These are all quantitative, a “happiness report” is hardly. First off, I eat breathe and sweat this stuff, not that you do not. But I am always suspect at any kind of thing like this, irrespective of the author, because it conflates qualitative with quantitative with objective and subjective. I have been to most of the countries on that list and there is no way I give it one bit of credence. I could take those same statistics and come up with any result I wished. As soon as I see the Useless Nations, Gallup, et al, you should, at least I am, be suspicious as the results will fit the desired outcome. I do appreciate the “compliment” and I harbor no ill to you and/or Old Friend as I have known you both for an aggregate 75-80 years or so. We do not have to agree on politics. I can compartmentalize that and put it to the side and we can discuss slew rates and rise times, CIRC and the like. But our politics are mutually exclusive. I am loath to post or pontificate, trust me I AM holding back, but when I see something so egregiously incorrect I have to comment.
Then there is a brief interlude by someone trying to explain that the Germans make luxury cars? And I rejoin the conversation with:
One quick aside Old Chum, on your happiness chart it shows Mexico and Panama AHEAD of the US. If that is true, why are their citizens coming to the US? Just asking
I don’t have all the answers. I just want to be happy too and right now, like most Americans, I’m just making the most of things. I’m willing to look at a better way and nothing I’ve seen on the conservative side of things offers people at the bottom, or even me, much hope. And I’m not even near the bottom. The Scandinavian countries are happier than we are. The study I quoted was just an effort at factualizing it. But the sad truth is that are often used to justify totally wrong situations rather than bring us to a better place. My opinion is that the liberal side of things is more likely to bring us there.
(Huh? WTHeck? Does that even make sense? YP)
Old Chum, with all due respect socialism does not work. I can tell you as someone who have travelled extensively particularity in the Nordic countries. There is far higher taxation, there are far less freedoms, there is the expectation that you will be exactly like your fellow proles. I assure you, it is NOT a better place. (It is beautiful, however.) Having had the exposure to that and other kinds of Socialism, I say, if that is for you, old pal, move there. Leave me alone, let me live in my deluded Constitutional Republic and let me rise and fall by my own works and NOT what a political party can “give” me. SRSLY Old Chum, conflate your rationale with the illegal aliens. They come here illegally and ignoring the fact that on your list they come from happier places, they want us to feed, clothe, heal, educate and more. Yet, they refuse to learn the lingo, won’t get along with others and have the unmitigated balls to demand that we do more for them. Old Chum, if they come from such a better, happier place, why are they risking all to come to America? If America sucks as much as you and the rest of the Left would have us believe, why do they come here and better question, why are people breaking into their countries? (Old Chum, this does not mean I don’t respect you.. I respect your opinion and right to hold it. But, do consider the alternative. Peace.)
I will leave the epilog to you.