How The Cult of Ignorance is Destroying America
When Dylan Roof killed nine parishioners of a black church in Charleston on June 17, 2015, it quickly became a national media story that highlighted America’s ongoing problems with gun control and racism. However, what many often fail to realize is that these problems are actually the symptoms of a much deeper underlying issue – our cultural embrace of ignorance.
Over the past few decades, we have seen a cult of anti-intellectualism snaking its way throughout every aspect of American culture. Our news and media are awash with personalities who specialize in the fine art of glorifying stupidity. We adore celebrities over doctors and scientists. And our schools are more focused on standardized tests and teaching young people what to think instead of how to think. But this trend didn’t just appear randomly; it’s been purposely engineered by certain powers with nefarious intentions.
The wealthy elite classes have a vested interest in keeping us stupid because it makes people easier to control. How you ask? When a population rejects intellectualism, they become motivated by fear and are susceptible to violent tendencies, superstition, religious dogma, tribalism, and simplistic explanations. Additionally, people who embrace ignorance are virtually incapable of emotional maturity.
But equally as important, ignorant populations are easier to distract with phantom problems so that they don’t see what’s REALLY going on and what makes this trend truly insidious is that most people are unaware of the degree to which they’re being manipulated. Rejection of critical thinking is the root of many of our current problems including racism, homophobia, climate change denial, and our refusal to implement reasonable gun control measures. If you need to see an example of how ignorance is being used against us, then here’s one for your consideration…
Have you ever wondered why poor working-class white people in the southern states always vote against their own interests? That’s because the wealthy elites have exploited their innate racist attitudes by perpetuating the myth of “welfare queens” – recipients who get hundreds or even thousands of dollars of tax payer money and then use it to live lavish lifestyles. While I don’t deny that there are a few bad apples who are abusing the system, the reality is that the overwhelming majority of welfare recipients are struggling to keep deteriorating roofs over their heads. But because the wealthy have so successfully perpetuated this “welfare queen” myth, poor whites continue to vote for right-wing leaders who support the rich by slashing funds for social programs, thus voting against their own interests.
Lyndon Johnson once said “If you can convince the lowest white man that he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pockets. Hell, give him somebody to look down on and he’ll practically empty his pockets for you.”
This is a perfect example of how ignorance is destroying America. Here you have a large swath of our population that has willingly chosen to reject critical thinking. Because of that, the southern states under conservative leaderships have the highest rates of poverty in the country. And until these working-class whites stop embracing anti-intellectualism, they will continue to remain blind to who their true enemies are.
So how can we counter this nefarious trend? We need to honor intellect and shame willful ignorance wherever it rears its ugly head! Although the powers that be are responsible for many of our problems, we will only have ourselves to blame if we choose not to better ourselves and remain clueless. And since stupid people vote for stupid and corrupt leaders, those who willfully choose ignorance will get the kind of government they deserve.
But perhaps the greatest underlying reason for why anti-intellectualism is so widely tolerated in America is due to the mistaken belief that since we have freedom of speech, one person’s ignorance is just as good another person’s knowledge. Just because you have the constitutional right to free speech doesn’t mean you also have the right to have your opinions taken seriously, especially if those opinions are complete nonsense. If you have an opinion, you better be sure you know what you’re talking about because if you don’t then society has every right to criticize and mock you.
To finalize my argument, there are two types of ignorance to be aware of – forgivable and non-forgivable. When you’re young, you’ll make mistakes because you haven’t had certain life experiences yet. That kind of ignorance is forgivable as long as you learn from those experiences and apply that knowledge so you don’t make the same mistakes in the future. However, if you are presented with evidence that is contrary to your opinion but you choose to ignore the facts and continue to cling to your disproven belief, then that is neither forgivable nor admirable and doesn’t deserve respect. An educated population, capable of free thinking, is required for any free society to thrive because without educated citizens, all free societies will eventually devolve into Fascist regimes.
Beware of those who seek to deny you knowledge for they dream of your subjugation!
– The Young Overviewer
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