It seems that comedian Chris Rock found a new daddy. In fact, he found one for about 300 million people.
“The President and the First Lady are kind of like the mom and the dad of the country,” Rock said at a press conference. “And when your dad says something, you listen. And when you don’t, it usually bites you in the ass later on. So I’m here to support the president.”
Unsurprisingly, it wasn’t long before people presented their counter-points to that argument.
Now, as silly as this might seem, Rock’s devotional raises an interesting question: “If I am actually brainwashed, how would I know it?”
Here are a few signs that you (and Chris Rock) might want to consider:
1) Are you able to imagine anything negative about the person or idea you support? No one loves us as much as our (real) parents. But we fight with our parents all of the time. We have no trouble finding faults with the people we marry either. If we are able to love our parents and spouses, and still find faults with them, what does it suggest if you can’t find any faults with Dear Leader, Dear Reverend, or Dear ______________?
2) Are you able to spend any time around people with different points of view? If you can’t, it could mean that you so passionately feel something, that you become terrified when faced with those who threaten to take your “warm blanket” away – even if that blanket isn’t real.
3) Do you reduce people you disagree with down to caricatures? (Those damn ____________. They’re all the same.) What if someone said that of you? Would you lump yourself into one of those groups, or are you the rare exception who is more complex than that? And if you can’t be lumped into a group, why are you lumping others?
Those are a few ways to test yourself. Are there others? I wonder.