OMFG - the pedants are taking over the asylum...
The situation and its aspects holds more significance than suppositions about another’s suppositions, little one.
uncledote may wonder, how does this response pertain to the topic?
Well, it’s easy, clean, sterile, and non-involved to consider the words of another (Norquist) that were spoken in another time and place, words that are shadows of the realizations the speaker grasped at some point in his life, and then conclude from the consideration that “the only delusion there is is that there is someone who is deluded.”
However, the worth as a so-called “process” behind Norquist’s words is not to be found in the sterility of detached contemplation.
Rather, realizing the nature of delusion is to be found in the delusions themselves as they arise in awareness, which is more personal, and messier.
Thus, in light of the conclusion that “the only delusion is that there is someone who is deluded,” then within the context of the situation, some specific questions arise.
is it that disregards, or ignores after reading, the polite and prominent request to read the forum introduction before posting on the forum?
- Upon being told of the error that was the posting of a picture, who
is it that justifies the error by calling the polite request “absurd?”
is it that ignores the provided link to the polite request, thus remaining in ignorance of the rational behind the request?
- And upon being provided with the rational, who
is it that stubbornly refuses to remove the picture, and in fact further asserts justification for disregarding the polite request?
For the ignorer, refuser, and justifier of the past, turning attention to the “who” that resides in each question, and inquiring into the identity of this “who,” turns attention towards the nature of delusion, and does so from within the context of an actual personal life situation.
Doing so during every moment of awareness, until a significant chunk of ignorance permanently falls away, is a practical application of Norquist’s message.