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Lie Architecture

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by baldilocks

Peo­ple and Orga­ni­za­tions make up all kinds of excuses and con­jure all man­ner of Bravo Sierra to jus­tify what they want.

Over 20 years ago, I had a mis­car­riage — an ectopic preg­nancy. In order to deter­mine whether an ectopic preg­nancy exists, an ultra­sound must be per­formed. When it was, the tech­ni­cians point out my baby’s heart­beat. I was seven weeks along.

Many years later, I was in a polite argu­ment with an ardent abor­tion sup­porter. I men­tioned that a baby’s heart is beat­ing seven weeks after con­cep­tion. He wanted to know how I knew this, so I told him.

At first, he con­tended that I had imag­ined it.

I replied that the techs showed me the heart­beat; it wasn’t some­thing I would have picked out on my own, since I had no expe­ri­ence in look­ing at images of in utero human beings. If I recall cor­rectly, the con­ver­sa­tion ended after that. I can on hold onto my tem­per only for so long.

Why is it that we call the openly evil “the vil­lain” – the one who acknowl­edges that he/​she is the Bad Guy? The truly vil­lain­ous are those who not only jus­tify mur­der, but who make you out to be the vil­lain for want­ing to pre­serve life and free­dom. Or those who tell you you’re crazy or imag­ined it for believ­ing what your lying eyes saw and what your lying ears heard.

Great Lies are not merely straight-​on false declar­a­tive state­ments, but edi­fices of lies; ide­olo­gies and belief sys­tems based on lies.

Start with: “a fetus is not a human being,” and end with “it’s morally legit­i­mate to get rid of those cells,” and sprin­kle the top with, “it’s a woman’s right to get rid of those cells, and how dare you say otherwise!!!”

(Espe­cially if you are a man — that is unless you’re a man who agrees that the Big Lie Edi­fice is the truth.)

These Lie Struc­tures are so insid­i­ous that great num­bers of Amer­i­cans — mostly women — were out march­ing last week for the rights of women. But if you ask any of these women what rights of hers are being infringed upon, she can’t tell you. That inabil­ity won’t trou­ble her, though. Rea­son: the links of logic which lead to the con­clu­sion that the rights of Amer­i­can women were being vio­lated were never con­nected in the first place. You can’t rea­son a per­son out of some­thing they weren’t rea­soned into.

Abor­tion is murder/​but I want it and it’s my body/​so it isn’t murder/​It’s legal/It’s my right!!!/But I’m scared it won’t be legal/​So I’ll dress up like a giant vagina.…

Not a chain of logic in sight.

And that’s the Cur­rent Level of Decep­tion[i]–the Lie – for all too many who will have what they want and will have you like it, too. Or else.

[i] A friend of mine says that he has had real­ity smash his pre-​conceived notions about the world so often that he refers to his con­tem­po­ra­ne­ous way of think­ing about the world as his “cur­rent level of decep­tion.” I think my friend is one of the blessed ones.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel ten­ta­tively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done on Feb­ru­ary 2017! Fol­low her on Twit­ter.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Inde­pen­dent Journalism!

baldilocks

Nerds will recognize this.

by baldilocks

People and Organizations make up all kinds of excuses and conjure all manner of Bravo Sierra to justify what they want.

Over 20 years ago, I had a miscarriage—an ectopic pregnancy. In order to determine whether an ectopic pregnancy exists, an ultrasound must be performed. When it was, the technicians point out my baby’s heartbeat. I was seven weeks along.

Many years later, I was in a polite argument with an ardent abortion supporter. I mentioned that a baby’s heart is beating seven weeks after conception. He wanted to know how I knew this, so I told him.

At first, he contended that I had imagined it.

I replied that the techs showed me the heartbeat; it wasn’t something I would have picked out on my own, since I had no experience in looking at images of in utero human beings. If I recall correctly, the conversation ended after that. I can on hold onto my temper only for so long.

Why is it that we call the openly evil “the villain”–the one who acknowledges that he/she is the Bad Guy? The truly villainous are those who not only justify murder, but who make you out to be the villain for wanting to preserve life and freedom. Or those who tell you you’re crazy or imagined it for believing what your lying eyes saw and what your lying ears heard.

Great Lies are not merely straight-on false declarative statements, but edifices of lies; ideologies and belief systems based on lies.

Start with: “a fetus is not a human being,” and end with “it’s morally legitimate to get rid of those cells,” and sprinkle the top with, “it’s a woman’s right to get rid of those cells, and how dare you say otherwise!!!”

(Especially if you are a man—that is unless you’re a man who agrees that the Big Lie Edifice is the truth.)

These Lie Structures are so insidious that great numbers of Americans—mostly women—were out marching last week for the rights of women. But if you ask any of these women what rights of hers are being infringed upon, she can’t tell you. That inability won’t trouble her, though. Reason: the links of logic which lead to the conclusion that the rights of American women were being violated were never connected in the first place. You can’t reason a person out of something they weren’t reasoned into.

Abortion is murder/but I want it and it’s my body/ so it isn’t murder/ It’s legal/It’s my right!!!/But I’m scared it won’t be legal/So I’ll dress up like a giant vagina….

Not a chain of logic in sight.

And that’s the Current Level of Deception[i]–the Lie–for all too many who will have what they want and will have you like it, too. Or else.

[i] A friend of mine says that he has had reality smash his pre-conceived notions about the world so often that he refers to his contemporaneous way of thinking about the world as his “current level of deception.” I think my friend is one of the blessed ones.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done on February 2017! Follow her on Twitter.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism!

baldilocks