It's All Bullshit (and Why Knowing it Sets You Free)


Question: "If it's all bullshit, then doesn't that mean that this book is bullshit, too?"

Floyd: "Of course it is, after it assists you in getting the freedom and peace and sanity that come when you see that it's all bullshit. My grandmother once used a thorn to remove a thorn from my palm. Then, she threw away both thorns. My teacher used the same analogy: use the book to spot the bullshit, then toss all the concepts away."

Is it possible that a person in authority could dream up the most outrageous, absurd, unbelievable story imaginable? Is it also possible that the authority figure could then present that outrageous, absurd, unbelievable story to people conditioned to listen to authority figures? Is it possible that those people trained to listen to authority figures could then believe an outrageous, absurd, and totally unbelievable story?

Consider this outrageous, absurd, and totally unbelievable story: there is a man who lives in a region that humans can't get to. From there, he spends his year overseeing an operation that manufactures gifts for children. But there's a catch. He also oversees all children in the world, and he only gives gifts to the good children. Bad children get nothing or they get bad gifts. "And he's been watching you," they say, "and he knows if you've been good or bad." Creepy, huh? They go on: "A man you can't see can see you 24/7. He knows everything, and he can be everywhere at any time. He is omniscient and omnipresent. More than that, he delivers those gifts once a year in a 24-hour period, worldwide. He rides in a reindeer-drawn sleigh, and the team leader has a red nose that shines like a bulb. Furthermore, he enters homes through chimneys though he is overweight by three times his normal size, a result of eating some two billion cookies in a twenty-four hour period every year."

But there's a snag in the process of trying to sell this story, even to one who is willing to listen to the authority figures. The snag is, when the child gets away from that authority, he/she might takes some time to think about the fact that there's no way that story could be true; then, the child asks other authority figures about the tale. Now the only way the child is going to continue to buy into the story is if most of the people in her/his culture claim that the original storyteller was telling the truth. In other works, we buy into unbelievable bullshit when (a) a respected or feared authority figure tells us something and then (b) the majority in our culture tell us the same thing. The lie becomes truth. We have bought into bullshit.

At that point, we'll fight if anyone questions our beliefs or insults our authority figures. And even as we grow and have more experiences and hear other versions and are exposed to the facts, we hate the notion of giving up such a rewarding bullshit story. If we are promised that we'll get a reward if we just have faith in their story, who wouldn't want to try to do everything possible to hang on to the faith we have in them and their tale? I remember taking three years to finally absorb the "There's No Santa Reality."

Worse, when authority figures admit their unbelievable story was a lie and that we shouldn't any longer believe in that unbelievable story they told us, they immediately tell us their next fanciful story but say, "OK, now I'm telling you the truth. That bullshit story was symbolic of The Real Deal. The Real Deal is that there really is a man who has been watching you. He lives in a region that humans can't get to. He's a male God, actually, and he's been watching you and knows if you've been good or bad. A man you can't see can see you 24/7." Still creepy, huh? They continue: "There's a male that you can't see but he can see you. He knows everything, and he can be everywhere at any time. He is omniscient and omnipresent, and he'll give you an eternal gift if you're been good; however, he'll give you eternal punishment if you've been bad. So that symbolic Santa story was just a pretend-version of The Real Deal. Now you are to believe us because we were lying before but we're not lying this time." And billions and billions have done just that. Amazing, isn't it, if you think about it?

And do you remember how traumatizing and anxiety-ridden we were, wondering if we were going to get the Good label and get a reward? And that struggle to get the Good label and avoid the Bad label plagued us tens of thousand of times in our homes and tens of thousands of times in our schools and tens of thousands of times in our community and institutions. And two decades of that kind of conditioning sets us up to do the same in adulthood, trying to get a spouse to give us the Good label and reward us, trying to get a Boss to give us a Good label and reward us, and trying to please that Male God so we can get a reward from Him one day.

This is not a book of advice. It is not a book that offers answers. Only the egotistical and arrogant offer answers. It is a book about false ideas and wrong beliefs that lead to fighting and restriction and worry and anxiety. It is a book about the way they conditioned us and about the effects their programming has on us to this day. It is a book that will offer considerations and provide an opportunity to step back and objectively think about everything you've ever been told by authority figures. Some of it might be true. Fine. But some of it might be bullshit. I invite you to investigate it all.

BOOK SPECIFICATIONS: 201 pages; Publisher: Henderson Books; Language: English.

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