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.