I had never heard this quote before, but it sums up how we should live our lives. If we follow this advice, we will grow and prosper.
MALALA YOUSAFZAI Quotes about “Dreams”
“Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality.”
I looked up Malala and read her story. I can not imagine going through what she endured and emerging as a good person. She demonstrates more courage than most of us will ever have. Religious lunatics tried to assassinate her for her support of human rights, but she perseveres and flourishes.
The Glorification of Stupidity
One thing that annoys me about the situation we face in this country is what I call the Glorification of Stupidity. I am so tired of hearing people make decisions without facts, based on fear and hatred. They follow whatever their leaders tell them to without any thought whatsoever.
When asked why they deny science and truth, these people respond with the answer that their individual rights allow them to make their own choices. In the most basic sense, this is a true statement. However, this philosophy only works well in isolation, and not in a modern society. The danger lies in these people being misled into thinking that they are acting as individuals against “government” or “liberals” while they are being herded like the lemmings they really are yet claim to despise so greatly.
The world around these people means nothing because they see no value in what others think. After all, acknowledging others somehow destroys their “freedom,” or as I like to call it, “free dumb.” In response to this perceived threat, they race to outdo each other in some warped version of the old Barry Goldwater view that “Extremism in defense of individual liberty is not a vice” and attempt to out-stupid each other.
The media promotes this disgusting behavior by preaching the gospel of false equivalence and treating each opinion as equally valid in opposition to the truth. Not every idea is correct when suffering through the filter of reality.
We glorify stupidity. It harms us every day that we allow stupidity to govern our actions and influence how our country runs.
This quote struck me as soon as I saw it. The truth is there in so few words for us to see. The quote sums up what my parents taught me, that fear prevents critical thought, and lack of critical review destroys the mind.
I am always trying to think about myself and the world around me. I have to learn the balance between outer and inner. My focus needs to be on myself, the inner, before worrying about the outside world where you have less control.
Every day I see examples of this quote in action. This is why I rail against certain political parties and religions. I hate to see people surrender to fear and extinguish the flame of their minds. However, I know that no matter what I say, those people are already lost. I hope to prevent others from surrendering to fear, even though it must be so attractive to let someone else rule you through fear.