A Numb Nation

When was the last time you read an intellectual thought provoking book, that wasn’t required reading? I’m realizing that Einstein’s prediction that we are becoming a generation of idiots. We ask children to express themselves but why do we never ask them to think or discuss? Why do ask them to experience life but not live it through logic and understanding. We’ve become so politically correct that if there’s something that makes us FEEL bad or asks to much of us mentally, to destroy it to keep the peace as we desensitize as a culture.

Unfortunately, our educational system and entertainment have followed suit. Instead of educating youth with essential thought provoking discussion or in alternative ways of teaching for every way of learning we require that every student fit into a one- size- fits- all mold and if they do not their regarded as “challenged” learners. In terms of entertainment we’ve completely blown substance to the wind. Ray Bradbury in 1953 perfectly articulated the fear of where they were headed then and where we are now. “If the drama is bad, if the film says nothing, if the play is hollow, sting me with the theremin. Loudly. I’ll think I’m responding to the play, when its only a tactile reaction to vibration. But I don’t care. I just like solid entertainment.”

We’ve become desensitized to substance. So here’s an idea. Turn it off walk away and find a book that asks you questions and that is politically incorrect. Go on…… I dare ya’ ;)


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  1. Someone’s been reading Fahrenheit 451…But I commend you for referencing Einstein in all his brilliance. Not only did he predict our generation of desensitized idiots (with a few exceptions), but I think he also knew quite well the human capacity for idiocy in any age: “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not so sure about the former.” -Einstein

    Now here’s my contribution to a thought provoking question: What is causing this generation of excessive ignoramuses? According to Bradbury, it’s technology, but who creates technology? *cue dramatic music*

    Keep up the good work!


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