…ple are not thinking with adult minds. They don’t, in many ways, have functioning adult minds left. What do they have? A bond with a parent figure, which is to be protected at all costs. If that bond is broken, they are left at the mercy of a world which feels hostile and unforgiving. And so such people respond with the most bizarre inversions and perversions of logic. The father protector must be obeyed, must be believed, must be cherished, above all things. Including minor inconveniences like reality, democracy, civilization, progress, and truth. What do those matter?
Yes…this much is true. I have observed this phenomenon. Just the entire libraries of information they will ignore to protect their world views, is irrational. If you look at it from a thinker’s perspective, this makes no sense.
But, if you look at it from the perspective of raising a psychological defense, it makes perfect sense. Psychological defenses are almost impossible to deconstruct from the outside. It has to be an inside job; and that inside job unfortunately only happens when it becomes to painful not to do it. Most are a long way away from that point. I think they can lie to themselves about reality infinitely, because the truth, if it was ever truly faced, is just far, far more frightening, and especially to these people.