denial

When a culture forbids one to discuss an important aspect of civilization, it sets up a weakness.

That weakness may be made up for in other ways, but it seems to become more problematic over time, as generations pass, and the problems that cannot be understood and/or addressed become more severe and numerous.

Where such matters are discussed, it is then by people deemed outside of mainstream society, and here, things get really unpredictable and hard to call.  Fringe groups can be hyper-intellectual, or extremely anti-intellectual, though lately conditions don’t appear to be right for the former.

You really need something to be in the light, and to be talked about by moderate people, to keep it from becoming distorted and radicalized.

Denying reality only delays and intensifies an inevitable process of natural correction; putting out every forest fire will eventually lead to a firestorm.

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