Trying to explain the exasperating phenomenon of people who continue to disagree with him on Iraq, despite his eloquent arguments and unassailable mastery of objective facts, Shrinkwrapped writes:
'Those of us who have not been infected with the thought disorder known as post-modernism and believe that there exists an actual reality that we can reasonably and objectively approach; if that is the case, what is it that prevents people from recognizing facts that are right in front of their eyes?'
It sounds to me like the erudite Shrinkwrapped experienced a little thought glitch during the writing of those sentences, but never mind that.
Shrinkwrapped goes on to explore the reasons people are unable to change their minds once they hold an opinion. He is quite troubled by the possibility that those who have not been infected by post-modernism can continue to disagree with him. Fortunately, Shrinkwrapped is able to draw upon self psychology to explain the substantial internal barriers to changing one's mind.
This set me to thinking about the problem because it seems to me that lots of people have been changing their minds about President Bush and his policies in the Middle East. After doing a good deal of my own checking on the situation, I can only conclude that I am correct in my assessment that many minds have been changing, despite formidable, intrinsically human, internal obstacles to changing the mind. Most disturbingly, though, minds have not been changing in the ways Shrinkwrapped would wish them to change.
Actually the situation is dire. Given that I agree with Shrinkwrapped's observations on the mind's resistance to changing, I can only conclude that conservative former congressman Joe Scarborough, Colin Powell, General Abizaid, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and 80% of Americans have been infected by the thought disorder known as post-modernism. Okay, maybe Colin Powell didn't change his mind. Perhaps he was infected all along.
In related news, President Bush has asked all citizens who are uninfected by post-modernism to return to their safety bubbles immediately. If you must go out in public, wear protection.