I have friends and relatives who fervently believe that the war in Iraq is going well. Any bad news you may be hearing is simply the distortions, lies and propaganda of the evil liberal media.
(Since I'm part of that evil, liberal media, you can imagine what my Christmas visit with my family was like.)
I say that they believe this "fervently" -- an adverb settled on because "honestly" and "earnestly" just won't fit.
This is not something one can believe honestly. It's too wild, too expansive a claim. It encompasses too many incompatible things.
Believing such a thing requires a delicate touch, an epistemological finesse. In order to avoid engaging the reality that this construct exists to deny, you need to be able to recognize that reality from a distance so that you can give it a wide berth, all while insisting that there's nothing over there to see.
All of which calls for a certain mental nimbleness. It's an exercise which may be done fervently but requires too much deliberate self-deception to be done honestly.
January 1, 2007
Fred at Slacktivist talks about the non-reality based community.