You might be asking yourself why. I have given this some thought and think I have come to the answer—as simple as it may be. The answer is this: regardless of our progress as a society and advances in technology, we have failed to eradicate ignorance in our nation as well as the world. That is correct—regardless of our advances, ignorance still stubbornly clings to and plagues a significant portion of the world population, much like the kudzu vine and the cockroach. Ignorance, kudzu, and the cockroach all seem to be invincible against mankind’s efforts to eradicate them. Still, while kudzu and cockroaches are irritating, ignorance blinds mankind and makes him susceptible to the many pitfalls where ignorance manifests itself as an illogical understanding or a fanatical motivation.
ISIS for instance, the heart and soul of the terrorism that is now spreading through much of the Middle East, is driven to a great degree by ignorance. That ignorance is not a trait of those who are leading the effort but is more commonplace among its followers. Ignorance and their fanatic adherence to religious doctrine create the formula whereby all their actions—no matter how hideous—are justified. It is a common practice employed by those who have a hidden agenda but need the momentum of the masses to achieve it and, although violence is often a part of the mix, it isn’t always the case.
Let us take for example the concept of climate change. This seems to be a theory which has far more support by those of the liberal mindset than those of the conservative view. Al Gore did not invent the Internet but he did a grand job of bringing the concept of global warming and climate change to the political forefront to be used as a tool of manipulation, a tool of political expediency. Name your need and climate change likely has the ability to get it done because the phrase alone, climate change, elicits fear and incomprehension among the masses. As with any untruth, if you repeat the fabrication long enough, you reach a point at which reality is replaced with conjecture, which is where we are now.
Global warming is a product of junk science. There was too little data, and too much of that small amount of data was manipulated to achieve desired results. Early on, a very small cross-section of data was used to conclude that global warming was a real threat and that the chief cause was man-made greenhouse gases—essentially making carbon the ugly culprit. When the dire predictions of drowning polar bears, etc. premised on global warming did not occur, the broader concept of climate change was embraced by these proponents of doom. The term “climate change” worked even better for it justified any atmospheric shift in any area no matter the direction. Suddenly, everything that was seemingly wrong in our world was a product of climate change. Stir in some gloom and doom and we are right back in the business of fear-mongering among the masses.
Ironically, the advances in technology have done much to expand this thinking as well as the fears associated with it. The Internet gives us information virtually in real-time, but it still leaves logic and judgment to the individual. At the same time, it offers a bully-pulpit for those who want to expand on warped thinking and advance that thinking to warped conclusions. Like the old joke we hear, if it’s on the Internet, it has to be true! We laugh at that, but it does contain more than a grain of truth since many think Wikipedia is the last word. The Internet is one of the most visible symbols of how advances in technology can be used to perpetuate ignorance.
In my career days, I worked in the evaluation of new products and product advances. These developments were the product of some very keen, well-educated minds. Their concepts survived test after test in their march to the consumer. Those responsible for these developments were scientist and engineers who were highly regarded in the corporation and the industry. For one to question their design or their intent could be career suicide, so to speak. Still, the group that I worked in was charged with demonstrating substantively that the consumer could indeed benefit by a new product or product improvement. In essence, we became the logic and judgment for a group of people too blinded by their own design to see its flaws. They had no ill-intent mind you, but like any human being, they were proud of their efforts and the end-product, thus, naturally they were defensive. In my twenty-plus years in that role, I did see some great work, but we also uncovered many things that would not cut the mustard. Our actions and our dedication to duty saved many millions of dollars for the company as well as upheld the company brand. Ours were not the creative-genius type minds but they were minds in which judgment and logic had to prevail.
Our younger generations’ minds are far more susceptible to manipulation than ever before. Social awareness and its teachings have superseded other subjects in the classroom. We are raising generations of children who are more concerned with symbolic compassion than they are math, science, or logic. What they are really being taught is mass-think, which is very dangerous. It is a process enlisted by the likes of Hitler, Lenin, and Marx to create a blind allegiance based on ignorance. An uncritical mind stoked in concepts of the greater good or religious fanaticism or ethnic superiority can be pointed in any direction that is desired.
This is the cancer which is growing not only on our nation but also globally. It is no accident. It is the product of a given group of people who wish to control and manipulate mankind like white rats working through a maze. It is about the power and control of one human being over another, and thus, it is essentially about greed. Complacency and complicity from the masses is made possible by bogus issues and socialist ideology masquerading as matters of dire consequence and compassion. President Barack Obama wants you to believe climate change is our greatest threat today, but I disagree. Our greatest threat is ignorance, for it is ignorance that allows us to embrace the illegitimate claim of climate change (or any other drummed up crisis) while ignoring empirical evidence to the contrary and real threats like ISIS.
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