I am “friends” with several people on Facebook who I have on perpetual “30-day snooze.” Why don’t I just unfriend them? It seems harsh. The problem with these people is that they are morons. They say stupid things, and by means I do not understand are able to put their stupid words up in boldface with a colorful backdrop. Like this:
How do they do that? It happens with every passing thought … it ends up as a placard.
Further, they cannot be reached by any means. They do not read, don’t know how to think properly, and don’t realize that every “thought” they have ever had was placed in their feeble minds by others, usually by means of visual media.
Such people are always with us, but are more visible in the age of Google and Snopes. (I would add Wikipedia to that sentence, but Wikipedia requires reading. It is a routing tool used to ensure that people who do read are still given the wrong answers.)
The key to all of this nonsense is trust. Our education system does not impart thinking skills, but rather reliance on sources. This cannot be accidental. The last thing a group of deeply entrenched leaders would want is a thinking populace. Far better for them if inability to reason is institutionalized. What better way to do this than to build the whole of education around trusted sources?
Thus do we have test-based advancement in schools – not just the daily or weekly regurgitation in various subjects, but rather the SAT and ACT. What goes on there but rote memorization? What answer is there to give but the “right” one?
Smart kids can survive schooling, but if there is a way to route them down a path of intellectual dullness, this is it. To focus on those tests teaches them not to think and reason, which is hard work, but rather to grab a quick fact to answer a complicated problem, and move along. Google and Snopes promote mental laziness. Wikipedia assures the entrenched leadership that the brighter people will still seek and find the wrong answers, and will still be thought-controlled under the herd management regime.
I had a thought this morning, that “stupidity is its own reward.” Then I thought … I”ll bet that is not original. Others surely see the dull smugness of stupid people as they navigate through life.
So I Googled it. Lookie what I found. It is a site that takes any words you search for and puts them in bold. I did it! I memorialized a thought as a placard!
Our friend and writer Steve Kelly did something that I need to do … does it take courage? What is it that stops me? He quit Facebook, just walked away from it. I have two venues where I interact with others on the Internet, this one, and that one. This one brings people to the fore who have active minds, who confront me and others and fight among themselves in the search for answers. The other has pictures of food.
No kidding … I grabbed that photo from “John,” one of the “friends” I have on perpetual snooze. Every time he goes into a restaurant, he takes a photo of his food. What the hell am I doing there?