What breeds and fosters the intellectual cowardice that we see not only in America, but globally, as well? These are the types of questions I ask myself when I see the pandering to microcosmic ignorance that is so prevalent in modern society. Here is my attempt at a general overview of "Why Intellectual Cowardice Is Prevalent And Pandered To."
I. Facts/Honesty/Truth/Education is HARD.
Simply put, there just aren't enough people that can sit still and learn these days. Attention spans are so fucking short that actual real LEARNING and COMPREHENSION of a subject goes right out the fucking door.
Furthermore, facts that happened a "long time ago", particularly ones that are unpleasant to think about, become much easier to DENY.
More than anything, if the truth isn't pretty or easy to deal with, too many look the other way. They don't want to take the intellectual responsibility that their own COMPLACENCY breeds images they find unsuitable.
II. Ignorance Is Appealing!
I gotta tell ya, I can't rightly reckon anything more American than beauty queens being the pinnacle of social intellectualism. I am sure they have an even-handed view of core social issues and a balanced education to match it. Unfortunately, visually vibrant religious sycophants are not limited to America.
Yo, peep it, dawg...SNWA! Sand Niggas With Attitude! They fickinta go low-ridin' on their camels to hustle that Taliban Opium, know'm sayin'? Whoa, whoa, whoa, my bad! These are faithful adherents to the Islamic Faith just trying to preserve their culture. (My ass.)
But let's not forget about the camel fucker's counter-part, the condescending ignorant child rapists! As long as they dogmatically indoctrinate their children, proselytize, and vote republican, they have done their part in the Holy War, too! What makes it so easy?
Why, they are getting their answers handed to them! Instead of actually learning and developing a unique point of view, they are taking the easy way out and letting charismatic people with ONE BOOK dictate to them how to think and feel. It gives them that nice inner glow, makes them feel complete.
However, where does this leave people who aren't so fucked in the head that they sign their "intellectual power of attorney" to the closest con man with easy answers?
III. Anger Is A Gift
These intellectual cowards do not hold the edge, though. When intellectual cowards get mad, it is when they are late for soccer practice, or that their favourite tv show was pre-empted, or that Ron got the promotion in the sales department instead of them.
We have a whole different kind of "mad", one that transcends the intellectual cowards ability or willingness to fathom. The great thing is, these cowards are going to piss off someone that has the ability to focus their anger to fuck these cowards.
A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.
An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.
I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.
It is an affront to treat falsehood with complaisance.
Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.
The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is reason.