Conservatism and Ignorance and Their profound effects on U.S. Politics
defined: Constituting a political or religious philosophy of advocating established "traditional" beliefs.
Whether those beliefs are logical, or not, is unimportant to the die-hard conservatives.
The lesser of the definitions would be the idea of caution, or discretion, based on personal beliefs about the protection, or the preservation, of a society that clings to unrealistic expectations of the behavior of others.
Whether those others agree or accept those ideas, or not, is irrelevant.
- conservatism (political philosophy) -- Encyclopedia Britannica
Political doctrine that emphasizes the value of traditional institutions and practices. Conservatism is a preference for the historically inherited rather than the abstract and ideal. This preference has...
Knowledge versus Ignorance
- How the Conservative Media Peddles Ignorance | Alternet
Donald Trump is the perfect example of conservative ignorance run amok.
defined: Being destitute of knowledge, education, or comprehension of common sense and logic.
This is the basis of the Latin phrase: "ignoratio elenchi". The literal translation is "ignorance of proof".
It is a fallacy of logic supposing a point proved, or disapproved, by an argument 'proving' or 'disapproving' something not at issue.
A perfect example of conservative ignorance is the recent Congressional decisions to allow Internet providers the right to dictate what the Internet users are allowed to view and censure all else that might be relevant to some people who view the world through progressive and self determinant expression of worth and value to each individual.
This is a blatant attempt to stifle education, free expression of thought, and limit mind expansion by virtue of censorship of content to only allow what is relevant to the providers.
This is as dangerous as the practice of subliminal mind control used by many commercial advertising agencies in their television ads.
Peddling public ignorance as a virtue
- General Ignorance | The American Conservative
- The Louisiana Public School Cramming Christianity Down Students’ Throats - The Daily Beast
A Buddhist family sued Sabine Parish School Board for violating their right to religious freedom. The lawsuit contains a shocking list of religious indoctrination.
- The dumbing down of America by Texas standards - downgrading education
We are lost to rule by the irrational, wealthy, powerful and self serving few. Are those people really in the minority? Is democracy beyond retrieval?
The Power of Positive Thinking
The current trend of the 'dumbing down' of America
A recent (revelation) of the current ranking of schools in the united states, by state, was made public.
It listed all states by how they scored on education and the percentage of high school graduates.
The bottom ten worst states are:
States ------------------ Scores ------- Percent of high school graduates
10. Oklahoma ---------- 64.2 --------- 73.9%
09. Michigan ----------- 63.8 ---------- 70.9%
08. South Dakota ----- 63.2 ---------- 76.3%
07. South Carolina ----62.6 ---------- 61.5%
06. Alaska -------------- 62.6 ---------- 68.7%
05. Alabama ------------ 62.2 --------- 69.4%
04. West Virginia ------ 60.8 --------- 74.7%
03. New Mexico -------- 60.3 --------- 59.4%
02. Louisiana ---------- 59.8 ---------- 67.0%
01. Mississippi --------- 57.1 ---------- 64.4%
These are the states that are most steeped in Conservative Religious Ignorance.
The 'Number One' is the bottom of the proverbial barrel of ignorance both politically and religiously.
These states personify conservative ignorance in the U.S.A.
This is NOT a definitive title to be proud of, to say the least.
As much as Texas contributes to this terrible phenomenon it is does not make the top (bottom) of the "worst" list, but not from the lack of trying.
The Social Implications
None of this is meant to imply that mankind is less than what it is.
Instead, it is already established that mankind has the innate ability to improve the minds of its individual inhabitants.
The question is not that mankind is limited in its ability, but rather that individuals within the society of man are loathe to improve their minds for various reasons.
.......In politics, it is the mindset that what one has been taught is the ultimate truth above all other ideas and beliefs.
.......In religion it is the mindset of the political venue, coupled with the fear that by improving one's mind and acquiring the ability to think for ones self would be an affront against a God that abhors change, mind improvement, thought exploration, and thereby somehow making the acquisition of knowledge counter to the god that they blindly worship.
Both concepts are wrong, and flawed in their efficaciousness.
Logic would dictate just the opposite.
If man was never meant to become free thinking, learning capable, and growth oriented, then God would not have given man this innate ability to be more than he currently is.
Without critical changes in current beliefs humanity is destined to remain a race of radical peoples, fighting amongst themselves to appease a God that may or may not exist, or at minimal, even care about how we direct our energies - either positively or negatively.
It is up to mankind to decide its own fate and thus far it has failed to promote enough positive energy that would change the way mankind treats itself as a whole.
We must be taught first about the [Power of Positive Thinking], and how to overcome reverent fear and negativity in our lives.
It is clear that in our current society as in the distant past, there is definitely a deeply imbedded correlation between "religious beliefs" and the lack of knowledge, common sense and logic.
by: d.william 01/26/2014
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