What's The Opposite Of Enlightenment?
Is there a word for the state in which you learn something, and feel lessened for your new understanding?
Perhaps it's the same as the word for discovering new hope and faith in humanity - in the act of losing it. In any case, we have Lance Mannion to thank for our new mental state. Here he presents a lucid psychological profile of Rush Limbaugh and the neo-conservative mind:
Some people say the same words over and over even as the feelings they want the words to describe change. Other people just keep changing the words, usually because they don't remember them from one day to the next. The words were just sounds they gave to the feelings.
That's why it's next to impossible to cause people like Limbaugh to feel ashamed of what they said. You can't hold them to their words. Repeat their words back to them and they don't recognize them. Their own words on paper or said by someone else or even said by themselves on tape or on video aren't attached to the feeling that was behind the words when they said them.