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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

My Ignorance Is Just As Great As Your Knowledge

"The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant threat winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as great as your knowledge."  -- Isaac Asimov

Do you realize that there are people who will read the above quote and not even get it?  Not even be able to comprehend it or understand what it means?  And then I read that "In Mississippi, 52% of GOP respondents say Obama is Muslim...12% believe he is a Christian and 36% are unsure.  In Alabama, 45% of Republicans say Obama is Muslim....14% believe he is a Christian and 41% are unsure."  Dare I say that Alabama is smarter than Mississippi?  And what about all of the others -- Louisiana, Idaho, Tennessee, Georgia, Utah....shall I go on?  

We live in a nation who no longer forms opinions based on fact, the truth.  We no longer think.  We feel.  We believe our ignorance, our sources!, are more important than actual knowledge.  And that will be our demise.


Blair said...

I couldn't agree more. Water Cooler talk has become the nerve center of this nation. Since I heard it from a co-worker, it must be the truth. Nothing could be further from the truth as you so eloquently stated.

Cubby said...

Well said.

anne marie said...

or if ya read it on the internets, IT MUST BE TRUE!

or if rush limbaugh et al. says it's the truth, THEN IT'S THE TRUTH!

dog help us all, the intelligent folk trying to be heard above the bleating sheep!

Ur-spo said...

Look under the robe of Ghost of Christmas Present; Mr. Dickens has it spot-on.

Anonymous said...

Very well said.