FOWC with Fandango — Reason

FOWCWelcome to February 11, 2019 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “reason.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.

Yes, I Suffer From TDS

TDSTrump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) is a mental condition in which a person has been driven effectively insane due to their dislike of Donald Trump, to the point at which they will abandon all logic and reason.

I admit it. I suffer from Trump Derangement Syndrome. But it’s not because I’ve abandoned all logic and reason. It’s because I’m still clinging to logic and reason.

You see, I think any rational, thinking person should, as I do, believe that Donald Trump is a threat to our American democracy. I see disturbing connections between how fascism and authoritarianism took hold in other countries and what is occurring in the United States at present. And it scares the shit out of me.

And apparently I’m not alone. The American Psychological Association noted in a recent survey that 57% respondents said “the current political climate” was a top source of angst in their lives. More people were stressed out by politics than about their family responsibilities (49%) or their health situation (also 49%).

Many people, myself included, are feeling more depressed because of the state of the world. We have a sense of hopelessness, futility, and fear about the future. And it’s not that we’re insane, that we’ve lost touch with reality, or that we’ve lost the ability to think clearly.

It’s because we see what’s happening before our very eyes and there seems to be nothing to be done to stop it. Trump now owns the Republican Party and virtually all Republican members of Congress, especially congressional leaders like Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan.

Trump has stacked his administration, as well as the judiciary, with sycophants who unabashedly defend him and all of his abhorrent tweets and actions. The man is dividing this country like never before since the Civil War and he’s putting the delicate threads of the American democracy through the shredder.

Yes, Trump drives me crazy. But it is not me who is insane. It’s Trump himself and those who throw themselves at his feet who have lost touch with reality.

In my humble opinion.

Faith Versus Reason

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My blogging buddy, Jim, wrote a fascinating post today entitled “Why is it So Hard to Believe in God.” In addition to being a provocative post, he managed to get in the WordPress one-word prompt, “recreate,” when he wrote, “We cannot recreate the Big Bang, so we may never understand all of this, but we can believe that we do exist.” Well done, Jim.

In response to one of the comments on his post, Jim wrote, “I believe in logic and God makes sense to me….” I found that notion to be particularly interesting. I believe in logic, reason, and rationality, and it’s because of embracing those things that God makes no sense to me.

For purposes of this post, I’m going to consider “logic” and “reason” to be synonymous, although technically they aren’t. Reason is the capacity for consciously making sense of things, applying logic, establishing and verifying facts, and changing or justifying practices, institutions, and beliefs based on new or existing information.

That said, logic (or reason) is the antithesis of faith. It takes tremendous faith to believe that an omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, supernatural being created everything that exists.

So the question I have for Jim, or for anyone who cares to weigh in is this. When it comes to belief in God, can logic and reason support that belief, or must one suspend logical and rational thought  in favor of pure faith to believe in the existence of God as the creator of all things?

Please feel free to share your thoughts (or beliefs).

Trump Supporters Versus Reason


I did not write this post. A friend of mine emailed it to me. He didn’t write it either, but he thought it might resonate with me. It did, so I thought I’d share it.

It’s an open letter to Trump supporters signed by someone named “Craig T.” I have no idea who that is. But here is what he wrote:

Hey Trump supporters! Let’s get real for a minute.

You think I take pleasure in watching the Trump Presidency crumble in slow motion right before our eyes.

I don’t take any pleasure in it.

You think I’m giddy about the prospect of Trump, Trump Jr., Manafort, Flynn, Kushner, and the whole Trump Cartel facing criminal indictment.

I’m not giddy. 

I’m extremely disappointed in you.

This is a stain on America. An indictment of ALL of us.

You see, I tried to warn you that your Pavlovian hatred of Hillary and your utter disgust at the very idea of a black man sitting in the Oval Office for eight years was detrimental to all of us.

But you kept lying about emails and birth certificates until you convinced yourself that the lies were true.

And then when a dirtbag charlatan con artist stood before you, every word spewing from his mouth a demonstrable lie, you overlooked it.

You embraced the lies because he promised you that he would hurt the people that you hate.

And the only thing that really got hurt was the reputation of the nation that I love.

Your intense, paralyzing hatred has impaired your judgement and endangered the nation. Yet you still defend him.

Can’t you see what you’ve become? Can’t you see what you’ve done?

You’re demanding an end to an investigation that you claim is fake. If it’s fake, then it seems like you’d want it to continue to clear him of all charges. 

The only reason why you could possibly want it to end, is because you’re afraid of what it will reveal.

You tried to screw liberals and in the process, you screwed the entire nation. You’re like a political suicide bomber, detonating your device in the public square, not caring that you will kill yourself too.

But hey, as long as you hurt the people you hate, right?

Do you realize how insane your philosophy is? Do you understand how utterly detached from humanity you must be to do what you’re doing?

Think about it. Seriously! Think about this. You have taken the word of a former KGB agent and dictator of Russia over the words of your own intelligence agencies, the very people who have taken an oath to defend you against people like Putin.

Can’t you see how utterly treasonous that is?

What has the conservative machine done to you over the last 30 years that overnight, your enemies have become your allies and your allies, your enemies?

We warned you long before now that Trump was going down. And it appears that your hatred is going to lead you to go down with him, taking America’s reputation in the world with you.

But hey, at least you hurt a lot of people that you hate in the process, right?