Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Within reason


Are you going a little crazy yet?  Feeling like a bird brain?

Cabin fever?  

"Cabin fever is an idiomatic term for a claustrophobic reaction that takes place when a person or group is isolated or shut in a small space with nothing to do for an extended period. Cabin fever describes the extreme irritability and restlessness a person may feel in these situations."

Thank you Wikipedia.

That doesn't quite describe what I'm feeling. My days are varied and full.  I get out plenty, in fact, I often long for the luxury of a whole day at home.

My current mental angst comes from something called 'election year (s)'.   It starts earlier and earlier.  There are more and more candidates ( though thankfully, the field is finally narrowing).  More and more talking heads.

So I have come up with a few survival solutions for this time of year.   These apply regardless of your party affiliation or your candidate of choice.

Solution #1:  Ignore the whole business. Don't watch the debates or the results of the primaries. Don't look at Facebook, read a newspaper, watch the network news, listen to the radio and whatever you do- don't watch cable/ satellite 'news'.  Firmly plant your head in the sand.

Solution #2:  Embrace the whole business. Watch every debate (miss you Martin, Lincoln, Carly, Chris, Rand, etc.) Click on all the political links on Facebook, read the paper, switch on the radio (especially talk radio!) and hold on to the remote with one handand switch back and forth between Fox and MSNBC.  Hang onto your spinning head with your other hand.

Solution #3:  Dig out your college logic book and enjoy the nonsense.  And I do mean 'non-sense' literally.     Keep your eyes open for fallacious arguments, for red herrings, for ad hominem.  For appeals to fear, for slippery slope arguments. Is there a presidential candidate that is fallacy free?

 There are hundreds of logical fallacies that exist and I dare say we have seen them all.

And that's not hyperbole.


This is not and never will be a political blog.   Try the above solutions at your own risk.  I'm fairly confident that solution #3 will be the most entertaining.

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