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ProudLib72

(17,984 posts)
Sun Jan 28, 2018, 02:24 PM Jan 2018

The (Psychological) Necessity of the Wall

Even though it would be the biggest, most costly farce in the history of our country, we should not underestimate the psychological comfort the wall would provide for xenophobes.

The number one item a xenophobe requires to feel comfortable is some sort of demarcation line announcing that "This side is MINE, and that side is where you stay put". Intangible borderlines drawn on a map simply do not sit well with xenophobes. Although most will never visit the border, they need to know that there is a visible, man made object dividing US from THEM. This is especially important when they perceive "my side" to be much better than "your side". In many instances, this perception of "better" is arbitrary, and, when it comes right down to it, "better" just means "because it's mine".

The second item a xenophobe requires to feel comfortable is the safety a well constructed barrier provides. Although no barrier is impenetrable, at least a "big beautiful wall" will keep the majority of bad hombres out. Again, the vast majority of xenophobes will never personally inspect the wall to assure themselves of its effectiveness. Just as long as their leaders attest to its formidable size and strength, they will feel safe.

The final factor governing xenophobes' comfort level is the ability to control ingress into "their side". While letting "others" into their side never feels quite right, it is sometimes necessary (maybe for trade or diplomacy). The wall allows entry only at certain points. Those points of entry are heavily guarded, and the scrutiny each visitor undergoes before being able to pass ensures only those worthy enough are allowed access. It is always a good idea to make entry into what is "mine" as tedious and painful as possible so that these foreigners understand they are here temporarily.

And so, you see, in order for the xenophobes rest easy, we have to build a wall. What is a mere $25 billion (for starters) if it means the minority of our citizens feel comforted?

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The (Psychological) Necessity of the Wall (Original Post) ProudLib72 Jan 2018 OP
Tell them that new technology involving invisible force fields The Velveteen Ocelot Jan 2018 #1
Like the emperor has no clothes. murielm99 Jan 2018 #3
Exactly! The Velveteen Ocelot Jan 2018 #5
Xenophobes should seek treatment, not political power. dchill Jan 2018 #2
There's the rub ProudLib72 Jan 2018 #4

The Velveteen Ocelot

(117,302 posts)
1. Tell them that new technology involving invisible force fields
Sun Jan 28, 2018, 02:28 PM
Jan 2018

has made concrete, stone or steel walls obsolete. These force fields are impenetrable and will vaporize anyone who tries to cross them. Just erect utility poles topped with mysterious geegaws every 100 yards or so, put up some DANGER signs, and let the dumbasses feel all safe and secure.

dchill

(39,004 posts)
2. Xenophobes should seek treatment, not political power.
Sun Jan 28, 2018, 02:44 PM
Jan 2018

Send the billions to Puerto Rico, not the border.

ProudLib72

(17,984 posts)
4. There's the rub
Sun Jan 28, 2018, 03:44 PM
Jan 2018

They do need psychological treatment to overcome their fear, but in our current situation that fear is a major RW talking point. If we had a Dem administration, then these people would remain a minority with a very small voice. It might be possible to get them the counseling they need. You have to wonder what will happen when tRump goes down and the rug is ripped out from under them. The best scenario is they run in fear back under the rocks they came out from.

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