Stupid is as stupid does. Just sayin'
Here is a great article, hopefully you can see the Link: anti-intellectualis is killing america
The Dumbing Down of America has been happening for quite a while. I will always maintain my opinion that Fundamentalism is a dangerous thing, especially when it affects politics and education. "Keep 'em stupid," is becoming the norm. Many aspects of Big Business and many politicians want people to be stupid, scared and reactionary. We've certainly seen that in fundamental Muslim groups and we see it in America. It's easier to control a herd of frightened, angry, lost people.
Charleston is just the latest example of fear and blind ignorance. My heart bleeds for those people.
It's one of the reasons I might have a really hard time living in the South. I'm too smart for most places. I am well-educated. I use Big Words. I appreciate the arts and have respect for science as well as loving nature.
I believe that God's time is not necessarily human time. How long could God's day be? A nano-second or millennium. Do you know? No, you don't, now do you?
As for the Confederate flag flying over a state building, I have to ask why? That is NOT the state flag or North Carolina or Georgia or any place else in the South. The Civil War ended in 1865. That is 150 YEARS ago!! You don't see Germany flying the Swastika, now do you? Their losses and bosses were much more horrific than the Civil War. Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it.
I hate to say it because the North was the winning side but I will exclaim, "Get over it. Move on with your lives! Stop drinking the Kool-aid"
We are 50 UNITED states, and so far, succession hasn't happened. Instead of moaning on about it and reliving a tragic part of American history, why not join together in brotherhood, with loving kindness and tolerance? That might be a much better, healthier option. People of all colors, denominations, sexual preferences are still human beings. We all bleed red. We all want a safe home filled with love and joy. We want food on our tables and a place to sleep.
If you are going to quote your Bible as a justification for violence, perhaps you need to take Jesus as your example. He suffered the little children to come to him. (I'm not a Christian but I have read the Bible cover to cover many times.) Are we not all children of the Universe? Do we not all share this Blue Planet together? Are we not made of the same things: blood, bone and sinew? Are we all not children of the Divine?
I for one, am so damn tired of ignorance and fear. Fear within, fear without. I think taking the wise words of my friend's English mum, "You're dead if you worry, you're dead if you don't. So why worry?" to heart is not a bad thing at all.
Wouldn't all this energy be better spent learning things? Things like science, art, what makes the flowers grow? It seems we've lost curiosity. It seems we accept being fed whatever crap Fox News (for example) and the hate/fear-mongers are dishing out. It's like Germany in pre-war times and if you don't know about that, well, damnit you should.
Since when did worshiping in your place of faith (whether it be church or synagogue, a temple or underneath God's sky) become a shooting ground?
Truly, "Verily I say unto you: Love thy neighbor as THYSELF. Do unto others as you would have others do unto you." If you want to follow the Christ's teachings, that's a pretty fine place to start. Your Christ would no more have taken a spear and gone into a Roman temple and killed everyone.
We have a limited time in our earthly bodies. If you believe in Hell, Purgatory or Limbo, do you really want your soul to end up there? Because being an ignoramus is sure as hell a great place to start.
Instead of expending your energies sowing hate, why don't you learn something new everyday? A new word, a new song, a new way to build something? Why not ask questions of people you don't know and find out about their humanity?
I am blessed to have many friends with many different belief systems: Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Pagan, Muslims and even those who don't necessarily believe in a a form of the Creator. I don't get people that say science and faith are incompatible. That's just well, ignorant.