Baloney: (n) foolish or deceptive talk; nonsense.
Bologna is a luncheon meat that is derived from unknown sources. The origin of this delicacy is so frighteningly unknown that some individuals refuse to eat it.
On the other hand, most Americans consider it to be a staple of life, and in the throes hunger, one of the tastier ways to soothe the gut.
But the reason we refer to stupid conclusions and ridiculous notions as “baloney” is because our society is very good at taking crap and throwing it in the blender, and then using the “press” to produce a conclusion which has questionable origins.
Matter of fact, there are things we just accept today which twenty years ago, we would have ridiculed.
The reason we accept them is because we are afraid to deal with the issues that might come up if a real conversation was held on the subject.
It’s why the old adage, “never discuss politics and religion” has been ignored in favor of believing that further debate will somehow or another bring about revelation or harmony.
Let’s be frank. Politics and religion are useless if they don’t make our lives better. Matter of fact, almost everything is useless if it doesn’t make our lives better.
Case in point: I was sitting in a gathering of mournful souls who were lamenting the loss of a loved one. It wasn’t even ten seconds before someone intoned the platitude, “He’s in a better place.”
Obviously, that’s baloney. We don’t know where he is. We are mortals, held on this Earthly plane without any awareness of the universe.
But “better place” is an idea that can quickly be pressed together to form a product which is palatable.
It’s like in politics, when we say, “We’re looking for the best person for the job.”
Of course we’re not. The best person to be the President of the United States could never be elected President because that person’s background would be too colorful and could never survive the vetting process.
Baloney is what is served up to the public without revealing how it was actually processed and ground up to form a thought.
And like its counterpart, bologna, it is normally stuck between two pieces of white bread and adorned with something cheesy.
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