Empty Spaces in Their Heads

Gail Collins, NYT columnist, had an interesting take while commenting on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning, Collins said:

The world is divided by empty places and crowded places. People living in empty places see no purpose for government. Yet, empty places also occur in the minds of people who disassociate themselves from the need for government.

Empty places in a person’s mind, she said.

[sound of throat clearing is heard]

Should I go there?

What the hell; why not?

I’m wondering if there is an uptick in our nation of  cases of delusional disorder.Psychology Today says this about delusional disorder:

Delusional disorder refers to a condition associated with one or more nonbizarre delusions of thinking—such as expressing beliefs that occur in real life such as being poisoned, being stalked, being loved or deceived, or having an illness, provided no other symptoms of schizophrenia are exhibited.

Delusions may seem believable at face value, and patients may appear normal as long as an outsider does not touch upon their delusional themes. Mood episodes are relatively brief compared with the total duration of the delusional periods. Also, these delusions are not due to a medical condition or substance abuse.

In other words, it’s all in their minds. Fortunately, they aren’t psychotic. I wonder what it’s like inside of their mind? Any guesses?

My youngest grandson loves make-believe.  He can play for hours on a theme he creates in his mind.  Given a few Little People characters, he can create an entire scenario complete with dialogue. Luckily for him [and his parents] he can snap out of it and get back to reality. Sadly, in adult brains, delusional disorder is a permanent condition.

Did I mention that Ms. Collins’ comment occurred during a discussion of the Tea Party? You know, that group of people who ‘believe’ lots of unusual things. Even their moniker suggests delusion: those participating in [and encouraging] the historic ‘tea party’ incident in Boston Harbor were not necessarily tax-haters. Yet today’s Tea Party blindly  ‘believes’ that taxes are too high. Of course, as we all remember, those early rallies of the so-called Tea Party were filled with fat-assed, elderly white folks who had benefited from Federal Government programs and giveaways for decades. Now that they were cruising along on Social Security and Medicare, they wanted their taxes cut even further. Narcissism at its grandest.

Empty places, empty spaces. Easy to snooker, ripe for propaganda.

It might be interesting to sit down with one of these patriotic people and have a cup of tea with them. I wonder what we would talk about after the opening belch? What would they say after they used up their talking points? After an uncomfortable period of silence, I might ask, ‘So how does the governance structure imagined by our Founding Fathers at the close of the 18th century serve the needs of our 21st century citizens?’

Might there be yet another uncomfortable period of silence? Or would there be an additional belch?

I wonder what it’s like to live in the year 2012 with a mind set in the late 1700’s? Curious stuff.


5 thoughts on “Empty Spaces in Their Heads

  1. (Chuckling) You’ve reminded me of the substance found in the “fringe” group blogs. One “patriot” in particular comes to mind. He actually believes he and his family would be better off living as survivalists.

    Let’s start with his children. The more mature of us remember the scourge of childhood diseases. I guess you have to witness things like polio, yellow fever, or whooping cough to be afraid.

    Then you have those pesky government services like economic regulation, infrastructure, and security protection. The (in a gruff voice) “MEN” might be able to handle themselves for a while, but it’s a whole different ballgame when you’ve got a wife and kids to worry about.

    You might be right; Narcissism at it’s worst.

  2. …and how do they make a ‘living’ that will insure that their children will gain the same benefits as those who remain in the un-wilderness? Or are they actually end-timers who see no hope beyond their insignificant lives?

  3. I just like the thought that it’s the empty space between their ears.

    The nihilism’s all rather puerile if you really think about it.

  4. They don’t even have accurate information about the 18th century.

    The crap they spew in place of information is a nightmare.

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