Day 5: spent
i’m a little tired, but luckily i was done by 3:30pm today so i decided that was enough for one week. I’ve accomplished everything i needed to, so now i’m just looking forward to a little time off.
Someone tried to hand me a flyer in the street today, i saw the word ‘psychic’ on it and nearly laughed in her face. But I pass at least three psychic parlours on the way from the office to the hotel, and at least as many offices of weirdo fringe cults. Putting a psychic in an office next to a doctor or a bank implies that they are somehow as legitimate. They are not. They should be put next to tanneries, slaughterhouses, butcheries or loan sharks. That would be a little more fitting to their deserved level of social acceptance.
Some people think that it’s wrong to put down the beliefs of others, but not all beliefs are created equal. Take this guy, for example: Philip Distasio, leader of the Arcadian Fields Ministry, believes that having sex with children is a sacred ritual and should be protected by civil rights. His religion says so. Would you honestly go so far as to say that he has a right to believe that if it makes him happy? I wouldn’t. In fact, no belief should be considered acceptable if it harms someone, including yourself. People who take a homeopathic ‘vaccine’ instead of real medication before voyaging into malaria country should be disabused of their belief in homeopathy as a matter of urgency. Their right to believe in that kind of woo woo nonsense ends at the point where they risk their own life, or the lives of others.
And so far i have not come across a single woo woo belief that hasn’t harmed someone, whether it’s people getting ripped off by fake psychics to the tune of millions, getting killed on chiropractor’s tables, spending their last pennies in ‘cancer clinics’ in Tijuana, using traditional remedies instead of taking their life-saving medication, losing everything they own because the tarot cards said they’d have good luck on their trip to vegas… it all stems from the idea that these things are harmless and people should be left to believe what they want. They shouldn’t.