I’ve been watching the cable news a lot lately, and it fills me with dismay. I’m seeing coming to fruition a crop that I’ve been warning about for over 40 years. I’ve referred to it as the Death of a Liberal Arts Education.
As this crop of useless weeds chokes the life out of the nutritious and necessary political and social fauna and flora, I find that we’ve arrived at an even greater loss: Utter Dialectic Failure!
That’s a topic for future posts. Right now I want to ask:
Why is the needle always set to pegged?
Turn on the TV. Go to the movies. Watch the cable news stations. Read some comments online.
We’ve become a very loud society. Even before the web the internet was described as a public park filled with people standing on soap boxes proclaiming their views at the top of their lungs.
And no one listening.
The web — and how everything comes with a comment section now — has just amplified this to serious overload conditions.
And still no one listens.
[The words listen and silent use the same letters!]
The tendency — as always; part of the human condition apparently — is to blame something or someone else. “Everything would be great (again)… if not for X!”
It’s not X (or Y or Z).
It’s U + S… Us!
We have to change.
We have to take facts and the truth seriously. We have to take education and knowledge seriously.
We have to stop being so polarized and be willing to admit when the other side has a point. Both sides usually do.
We have to stop being so obsessed with us versus them, because — as the document says — it’s we the people.
We have to grow up.
And until we understand that, the song will remain the same.