Extremely Loud & Incredibly CloseThis topic is not about the movie by the same name. I used this title to get the attention of people who are all together swept away by loud rhetoric. I remember, as I hope most people do, the person who, in school as a child, talked over you and did it loudly when he was losing an argument. Some people believe being louder is a sign that you are aggressive and that means that you are winning something. We all, no matter who we are, must admit that insecure behavior in those who tried to manipulate us into fearing their word as a child, have grown to be that same form of verbal bully and still haven't grown up.
Proof: Case in point. The world's most intelligent scientists and philosophers don't stand at a podium like an incensed Southern minister and scream at you to get the point across. Speaking softly, clearly. and intelligently is the sign of someone who is secure in the knowledge that they are correct.
Examples: Soft Spoken Intelligence: Christopher Hitchens, Stephen Hawking, and Gandhi. Anyone who is honest with themselves must agree.
The PointThe Bully types that pervade our society's cable news (that isn't news but actually is political rhetoric) are simple and clear. They invite people to speak to them in hopes that the bully can bully the interviewer into letting the bully manipulate the conversation. When he is losing the argument, rather than listen, he cuts off their
microphone or starts screaming over them. This is the first sign of someone who doesn't want to actually debate because in a battle of wits, the bully is unarmed.
Examples: Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, and especially Glen Beck.
What are we to do about this? I have a suggestion. When you hear someone screaming and ranting about something that we don't see any validity to,
we can do one of two things. These actions are controlled electronically and are connected to our viewing. The first control is this device:
and the second is this:
I suggest the latter. I did it years ago and I have never been more at peace. Try it, you will like it. Streaming video doesn't contain hidden political messages yet. I am sure they will find a way someday but it is presently my favorite form of viewing.