July 22, 2014

Which Group Are You In?

Presently, there are basically three types of people inhabiting the moral landscape of this age. 
First, predictably, are those who don't know what's going on in the world, and don't care. They are often proud of their ignorance. 'Why should I care?' they hurl at anyone who would hint at their lack of awareness of anything beyond their tightly corralled world. Sad to say, it seems that this group is always the largest segment of most populations.

At the other end of the spectrum, we have the small group that really knows, to a relatively large extent, what is going on in the wider world. Perforce, they know that our situation is precarious with respect to the environment, the food and energy supply system, the leveraging of security concerns to remove our basic freedoms, the shaky economy, the real possibility of global war, and so on. This group is always the smallest because it requires not only perception of current events, but the stomach to look at, and accept, certain facts that are undeniably bleak. The majority just don't have that kind of fortitude.

In the middle are those who have just enough information to be dangerous. Oh, they pride themselves on being well informed, and will happily bestow on you the pearls of their opinions. The big problem is that these people have no perception, no insight, no real clue how things really work. What they do, essentially, is what we were all taught in school-- to learn what 'the experts' tell us is true, and then regurgitate it on demand. This group watches the tri-literal, mainstream news, and maybe even the 'talking head' discussion shows... and they then think they know everything.

That group of pseudo-pundits is dangerous because of their self-delusions. Thinking they are wise, they don't bother to look beyond the facades, the obvious, the lies told to them by their trusted sources. Thus, they can never have the truth on anything, merely the illusions supplied by the Matrix.

These are the 'Christians' who know they must support Israel, no matter how many innocent civilians her troops murder under their flimsy, self-serving platitudes. These are the atheists who know that life just sprang from muck and then evolved to humanity. These are the fear-filled sheep who will accept any indignity and surrender of freedom if they receive the empty promise of security in exchange.

The lesson was brought home to me (again) recently when I received an unexpected 'talking to' by e-mail from a distant relative. Having seen something that incensed his political sensibilities on my Facebook wall, he felt righteously indignant enough to deliver a lengthy diatribe to set me straight. Of course, the missive was simply a re-hash of the propaganda we get daily from the national news channels. As I hit the delete key with a groan, it hit me that this kind of hollow excretion that the masses regard as knowledge is probably typical of a whole class of modern fool.

Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions. Proverbs 18:2

There are none so enslaved as those who think they are free when they are not. Goethe

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