The world has long believed in its ideals, carved into the stone of its institutions, the Authorities of Man. Empiricists must recognize that a desire to obey authority is an inherent flaw of Man, but inherent nonetheless. Insecurity and fear are convincingly powerful instruments of the herd instinct and in exchange, the herd asks simply to be safe and self important. Either she wants to be right with God or she desires moral superiority in some other way ( politically, socially, religiously, or economically). Status, Security, Self-Importance, Self-Righteousness, and Unquestioned Wealth: These motivate all the world: and all the world submits to those who would provide a sanction to such designations.
Here is the truth: Man gets away with nothing. We can't steal security, status, importance, or wealth. We have to earn it. The stolen is impossible to keep. The lie never lasts. The charade always becomes the scandal. We put up with it, but that's why we burn our heroes after we discover that they were what we always thought they were, what we asked them to be, what we demanded of them for our sake - Criminals, Liars, Fools. We gift those who are willing to wear the stamp of righteousness with the stamp itself. We pay no mind to prerequisites. Preachers and Presidents hold the highest esteem, until we find out that their image is predicated upon reprehensible bullshit.
My Fellow Humans: Bullshit reigns supreme. If there was a universal Hall of Fame, we'd have filled it with the greatest "Bullshitters" the world ever had to offer. What is politics, if not lying to the public? What is romance, if not lying to the opposite sex? What is righteousness, if not pretension? We establish ideals that we expect to be broken and we sacrifice our heroes with impunity. The lie... That's the game my friends. Stay ahead of the herd. Stay ahead of the truth. It's fucked up, but it's the truth. You can't wait for the public to find out that your president is using the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service to attack enemies, or to discover that your priests are raping little boys. Stay ahead of the bullshit. The faster that you revise your bullshit, the further ahead of the "unintended consequences" you'll be. Good for you. Leaders of sheep. Shepherds. Fuckers.