Woolly Thinking Makes Me Go...

ARRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGHHHHH!!!!!! My list of woolly thinkers/thinking: FundamentalistsCreationists (see above)New Age SpiritualityEx-Gay Theologians/Apologists"Intelligent Design"People who say that there really are angels and/or demonsCryptozoologistsUFOlogists"The Moon Landing Was Staged" But in my opinion the worst offenders are the people who do not recognize their metaphors as METAPHORS and confuse them for FACTS (a category of person which more or less subsumes the entire list above). What brought this on today? The Asian Massage Techniques class that began this morning.  Only 10 sessions, so 30 hours.  Just enough to get an intro.  I knew it was coming, I wasn't looking forward to it, it's here now, and somehow I'm going to have to get through it without offending everyone in the class or having an extremely negative attitude. "Based on 5,000 years of tradition..." Yes, and Jesus is coming back ANY DAY now, a traditional notion that has hung on for 2,000 years.   Excuse my language, but fuck that shit.  Thousands of years of TRADITION do NOT constitute a FACT. What it DOES suggest to me is that the metaphor is powerful, that it resonates with people somehow, and so it persists.  NOT, however, A FACT. So without Western scientific corroboration I am not too inclined to believe in energy fields or chakras or meridians. So of course, a rationale for using ancient Eastern philosophies is the "unreliability" of science and rational thinking. A DISDAIN FOR RATIONAL THINKING!!!!!!!! What.  The.  Fuck. Oh, and as it turns out, questions about said Asian modalities appear on the national certification exam for massage therapists, so the woolly thinking extends beyond the idiosyncrasies of my particular school.    

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deleted_user
deleted_user

Wow, your Asian massage class did all that? Seems like somebody musta been prickin\' you the wrong way with an acupuncture needle! Personally I think you\'re gonna be a breath of fresh air for those simply seeking a soothing massage without mysticsm.
Fiddler
Fiddler

Wow. Yeah. And apparently I\'m such a dickhead that my classmates went to the instructor to ask her not to engage me on the topic. Like they couldn\'t ask me not to bring it up.

Ya know, it makes me feel so alone sometimes that no one else sees what I see - at least that\'s what it feels like at times.
Fiddler
Fiddler

...and this ended up turning into a whole wretched little drama that has finally blown over between me and one of my classmates. Still highly annoyed but clearly I\'m just going to have to swallow it and get through the damn course.
colored-cheerios
colored-cheerios

Remember All Knowing One... You only have to Bullshit to get through... the rest is the Bullshit they walk through on a daily basis.