27
Mar
08

We’re losing it

What does it take to succeed in anything? What does it take to be number one? I would argue that the first qualification is an adequate interpretation of reality, followed by a cogent ability to manipulate that reality to one’s benefit.This is what made the West great. Beginning with the Renaissance and continuing into the Enlightenment, western civilization gained an extraordinary ability to perceive reality as it is. Failing cultures may look at the same data as say, an American, and come to a different conclusion on the data’s meaning, and more importantly, employ different actions after concluding.The prime thrust of this article is this: The West is losing, for various reasons, its ability to intelligently interpret data. It used to be that death-threats and accusations of Nazism were restricted to extremist groups. But look at many of the bloggers out there, and the ideas they’re spreading. I call it Homogenized Extremism. Some bloggers I’ve dealt with recently want the marine in the puppy video put to death, all for a dubious video in which a dubious marine throws a dubious puppy. Others have called for the execution of our president for war crimes. A quick look at our history books shows much more aggressive and unilateral uses of force by prior administrations.Take a look at a Zogby Poll regarding the 9-11 incident:

“Some people believe that the US government and its 9/11 Commission concealed or refused to investigate critical evidence that contradicts their official explanation of the September 11th attacks, saying there has been a cover-up. Others say that the 9/11 Commission was a bi-partisan group of honest and well-respected people and that there is no reason they would want to cover-up anything. Who are you more likely to agree with?”
  • Responses: 48% No Cover-up / 42% Cover-up / 10% Not sure

42% of American’s believe that the government is covering up the truth regarding 9-11. I really like what one writer wrote concerning suspicion: “The easiest thing in the world is to be suspicious.” So true, and it makes people feel oh-so-smart. In reality, they’re watching oh-too-much-TV…This is just as bad: 53% of African Americans polled believe that the US government has the cure for AIDS, but is holding it back from the poor.These are the types of beliefs that Third-World extremists had, for decades, monopolized, and it kept them right where they are: In the Third-World.What happened? Where did our superior interpretation of reality go? In some ways, it seems that our desire to feel sympathy for others around the world got us into this mix. We feel guilty if we don’t sympathize with the real extremists around the world. After all, look how bad they have it. Yes, we must understand the Muslim who burns cars in the street over an impious cartoon, but what we must not do is sympathize, for in sympathy, we form a symbiotic relationship with the wrongdoers. Sympathize with their living conditions, and their governments, yes, but not their violent, senseless actions. Sympathy insinuates acceptance. It can also cause the sympathizer himself to become part of the problem.Sundered by cynicism, enveloped and smothered by an overly dramatic media, layed low by a desire to sympathize ( which in many cases is no more than a desire for intellectual elitism) with the worst of international criminals, dictators and terrorist organizations, a portion of America loves a story of the country’s failings and short-falls. Fortunately, this group of people have gathered primarily within the Democrat Party, whose constituents now to a large degree consists of conspiracy theorists, race-mongers, millionaires in Hollywood who hypocritically denounce capitalism, and a whole slew of others who want nothing more than to feel sympathetic, for someone, somewhere, somehow, but they use the most dangerous rhetoric which only exposes who they really are: Unhappy people.

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