Thursday, February 21, 2013

Choosing Ignorance

I am continually amazed by those who steadfastly choose the path of ignorance in their lives. We see it every day on television, hear it on the radio, read it in our newspapers and magazines, and view it on the Internet. It seems that Facebook is the venue where you can not only fly your freak flag (which I myself do on a regular basis), it is also the venue where you can show the world just how ignorant you are choosing to be.

For some reason I just cannot understand, the folks who have the strongest need to share their views on every subject under the sun, and comment on every post on Facebook, are the folks that have made the choice not to educate themselves on every subject under the sun. And they truly think if they repeat the same ignorance over and over again, that somehow makes it true or real.

The terrifying thing is that this modus operandi is leaching into our lives way too frequently. I see it happening every day in my local community and my state as well. Folks pick their story, make the conscious choice not the educate themselves on all aspects of that story, then repeat it over and over and over until they have convinced at least themselves (if not others) that it is true. Hell of a way to operate, if you ask me.

We are becoming a nation of emperors proudly parading around buck nekkid in our new clothes, choosing to ignore all the stares and shouts we are getting because we are SURE we look amazing!

We do not want to hear anyone else's views, we do not want to learn the actual facts, we do not want to face the actual realities. We want to draw lines in the sand and demand others meet us on our terms only and believe what we believe only. No wonder our government is so damn partisan. We have totally forgotten how to share, how to interact, how to learn from one another...how to behave like a civilized society. We have instead chosen ignorance....

Go against the grain, little ones....choose knowledge, choose civility, choose to listen to all sides, choose to educate yourselves on all aspects of the issues, whatever those issues may be....choose NOT to be ignorant.

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