Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Writing Off Jack

I met Jack back when I was doing telemarketing. He was young, hot-tempered, idealistic, and thoroughly brain-washed by the educational system and the media, so he was basically a politically correct socialist. Still, he was honest, stood up for what he believed was right, and seemed basically kind and compassionate towards others. He also had a high IQ, I believe, and a surprising amount of knowledge. I told him once, with all sincerity, that if I’d had a son like him, I would think that I’d done fairly well in that department. The problem was that knowledge and IQ do NOT add up to wisdom. Jack was unwise in many ways, but I wrote that off to the lack of experience that is youth.

I’ve stayed in contact with him online and have enjoyed most of our conversations. Unfortunately, His “Bernie bias” doesn’t let him see anything positive about conservatism or constitutionalism. Over the years, we’ve had many discussions over political matters, mostly when he disagreed with my posts. Strangely, for someone with the amount of knowledge and education available to him, he often questioned my words or beliefs without getting the facts that were readily available to him. Plus, in the years I’ve known him, he hasn’t shown one iota of movement from the left toward the center. With all the historical facts available to him and with all the wisdom to be gleaned even from a few years of living and watching world events, he still has the mindset he did when I first met him.

A few weeks ago, I told him that I was done debating him. There were no hard feelings, but that I knew that we would never change one another’s outlook, so I wasn’t going to even go through the motions anymore. It wasn’t that I expected him to like who I like politically, or believe everything that I believe, but it was so clear that he was permanently brain-washed that any facts that didn’t back up what he’d been taught would be ignored or totally disbelieved. I guess what I felt the most was disappointment in him and sadness, knowing that his mind would never break free of the chains that held it.

Tonight, he took an opposing view of a meme that I’d posted. He may even have been correct in what he said, but he said it without considering the facts about the other side of the issue. As it turned out then, his point was basically mute, since HIS political heroes were guilty of what he was accusing one of my political preferences of doing.

Somehow, it just felt like enough was enough. Not only did I unfriend him, I blocked him. I’m just simply done with him. Six years is long enough to wait for a kid to start growing up. They say whatever you are by age 30, personality-wise, you generally remain. Jack isn’t too far from 30. I guess I should be thinking of someone else to leave my antique hand tools to when I croak. Life always has to get complicated; few other folks would even be interested. I’ll still pray for him some, but that chapter in my life is closed. It saddens me some, though; I had high hopes for him. © 2017


Sunnybrook Farm said...

I have lost so many friends who joined the socialist religion, that is what it is. They became devoted followers and no amount of facts will make any difference. They don't even realize that the Nazis were also socialists while calling conservatives Nazis, They don't seem to know how many people have been killed over the last century by socialist who can't tolerate dissent. These ex-friends have the same intolerance of other's views that has been demonstrated for over a century by socialist organizations. Even though socialism always fails and lowers people to a level just above slaves, they are so brainwashed that they actually think it might work this time. It seems they mainly want to punish some group who they have decided has done some wrong, it isn't about advancing to something great but more of punishing some rival group.

Pumice said...

One of the sayings that I have heard that I don't know are true is that the Catholic church believes if you give them a child until they are five they will have them for life. If that is true of the church it is double true of education. When you are indoctrinated by people who believe that truth is what they want, it is hard to get people away from that.

Grace and peace.

Gorges Smythe said...

You're right, SF, it's nearly always jealousy and retribution.

I heard seven, Pumice, but either way, I'm sure it's usually true.

deborah harvey said...

it is the same thing lenin said as what God said.
lenin said give me the children and in one generation i will have made the change.
God said raise up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.
same view, but opposite directions.

Gorges Smythe said...

You're correct, dh!