Tuesday, March 11, 2014
When Did It Become Okay to be Ignorant?
"We're living in an age of polarization."
I think the problem isn't that we live in an age of polarization but that we live in an age where ignorance is celebrated. Our children are watching Reality Television where the lowest examples of humanity are celebrated as our highest and loftiest.
We've gone from shouting to the heavens that we will go there and do things that will seem like magic to our fathers and grandfathers to a world where we have people elected to our highest offices proclaiming that the world is 6,000 years old. We have Chinese documents that are that old and cave paintings that are 30,000 years old. We can verifiably test out how old the earth is and these people glorify themselves in their ignorance by claiming that "it's only a theory."
Gravity is a theory, arguing that the earth is 6,000 years old is a god-damned fantasy.
The days where it was okay to pretend that the solar system moved about the earth and that science was a bad word are over. We have to believe in science and we have to understand it. If we don't we'll lose it all.
So here's what I'm saying: fucking learn. Learn every day. Read things that challenge you and be more than you've ever been before. The days where laying down and saying that god precludes science from your life are over.
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