Ignorance is the root cause of most societal ills. Prevailing collective ignorance undermines truth, wisdom and justice. It engenders envy of the successful, is the basis of poverty, bigotry, the thorn of vengeance, instigator of hate mongering; furthermore, coupled with crime, drugs, illegitimacy, illiteracy and wanton violence, it erodes society. En masse, it succumbs to the thought control of political correctness and panders to the false charisma of the inept and blindly elects the likes of a President Barack Obama.
Of course, we are all ignorant to large degrees, especially in today’s world of the Internet, technology and mass information beyond human comprehension. The mere collection of facts, however, does not equate with common sense, education or wisdom, as the demise of the U.S. education system behind 22 other nations clearly affirms. Ignorance of our own history is allowing “Big Government” to turn the U.S. into a Peoples’ Socialist-Republic, like Europe and China.
All assertions gain credence without challenge, hence a dumbed-down populace that lacks the ability to discern and, therefore, is easily manipulated. History is revised, core values are discredited and the trivia and ephemera of Twitter and Facebook prevail.
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MANY DEGREES OF IGNORANCE
Obviously, each person functions only in the realm of his own understanding, be that great or small. Few have ubiquitous, polymathic knowledge. Ignorance cuts across all segments of society: bureaucrats, clergy, teachers, writers, journalists, pundits, celebrities, politicians, unions, the military and even lawyers, doctors and especially narrowly focused Ph.D.s and Fox News critics. Most are one-dimensional, rightly obsessed to excel in their own narrow endeavors. But, because of that, their wider opinions are often all the less credible.
The adage, a learned fool can be more dangerous than an ignorant one is apt. Why do only conservatives seem to comprehend the greatness of our constitutional system, our free enterprise and understand that business not government is the engine of this once great country?
IGNORANCE WILL AFFECT THE 2016 ELECTION
The ignorant Democratic electorate irreparably damaged the nation by electing and re-electing Obama. Even the average Republican voter will ignorantly vote for the likes of Rand Paul, Marco Rubio or Ben Carson, who have never run anything such as a business or state. Only former governors have the requite experience to lead.
THE EFFECTS OF IGNORANCE: DEMISE OF THE WEST
Words no longer have precise meanings, nor do laws that are publicly scoffed or egregiously avoided. Justice has become a farce; 70,000 pages of IRS statutory law, racism labeled against the white race when misbehaving blacks are the worst racists, schools without discipline, lies from elected officials, godliness lost to apostasy, and the once strongest world leader-nation now cowering under the very great existential danger from the Islamic world, a monstrously ignorant populace spreading worldwide without assimilating, setting up their own mosques and Sharia law as alien squatters.
This latter threat could inevitably portend the demise of Western Civilization. Muslims are reproducing at twice the birth rate of all free Judeo-Christian nations and predictions are that they will be the world’s majority before the end of this century. American and European nations are not replicating themselves at a rate to even stem their own demise.
By the 22nd century, America, Europe and Israel might not exist as we know them today. The benighted Muslim world will erase all of the knowledge, culture and freedom that undergirds Western Civilization. There will be no recovery from that. Monstrous evil ignorance will have won over the beneficent but weak ignorance of Christian leadership.
THE “BIBLICAL END TIME?”
Perhaps the “Time of the End” (of the Judeo-Christian era) is upon us as predicted in Daniel, Ezekiel and John’s Revelation. They foresaw a future when knowledge would increase and would presage the final days of the era with the coming of the Messiah to preside over a New Millennium of Peace.
That sort of belief is hard to sustain in the world of the moment when we have just seen up close the 3.5 billion mile distant dwarf planet Pluto without having passed any pearly gates nor golden streets.
Will Judeo-Christianity prevail against Muslim Jihadism? Islam has only contributed conflict, chaos and catastrophe to civilization. Their Koran is the exact opposite of the wisdom, goodness and love of the Jewish Tanakh and the Christian New Testament. And the estimated 100 million monstrously ignorant Jihadist extremists are taught to kill all non-believer infidels.
At the rate this country and Europe are down sliding, our progeny will face a world dominated by Islam and China. Worse, the coming younger Muslim generations will be even more ignorant than our now dumbed-down “Watters’ World.” This is a threat far greater than Nazism and Communism of the 20th century. Those were overt; this is covert and internal.
Western Civilization might soon be relegated to revisionist history. There will be an “End of the Age” alright. If Iran gets a nuclear bomb, they might well fulfill that biblical prophesy.
Avery Chenoweth Sr., is a resident of Perry.