Ignorance is a Sack of Balls

18 Jul

I feel frustrated with people who lack the motivation to be informed. They jump on the bandwagon of whatever, without the slightest thought to gain knowledge on the subject, they just hop on the wagon fully trusting in the cause. And when offered facts and logic opposing said wagon, they deny it and continue on. I am sick of it. The latest bit of ignorance that is bothering me pertains to the most recent republican media approach. President Obama bashing as per the usual, but for some reason, this one is annoying me more. Not because I’m a crazy Obama supporter, but because these signs are getting really irritating on Facebook and I’m in the mood to write about ignorance. (Apparently my annoyed rants have not been hampered by my lack of a muse. If anything, I am more aggressive. Be warned.)

Example:

People have been running wild with these. Do they open wide every time the media spoon feeds them propaganda? It appears most do.

People take a statement out of context whenever the opportunity arises. It’s sad how much time people are putting into creating these misleading signs and the number of uninformed people who post them. Isn’t there something positive you could do instead? I would rather read about the positive things your candidate is doing, instead of  seeing these stupid signs about Obama.

I want to ask these people who are spreading the gimmick:

Did you watch or listen to the speech for yourself before posting them? Do you know that the line before “you didn’t build that” was referring to infrastructure?

This line was part of a much bigger point about how it takes society’s help to build a successful business. That it takes a lot more than a single person and a brilliant idea to bring a dream into reality. It takes the encouragement of friends and family, the financial support of your community and the knowledge of others around you to build something substantial. Can you deny this? If you do, well, aren’t you full of yourself…

I don’t mind people having a difference of opinion. I love a good old fashion debate, fueled by passion and knowledge. But these signs, well, they are anything but knowledgeable. In fact they scream “I’m an easily manipulated fool!”

Do you really think that these signs will sway a voter or that they make your party look like the better choice? Doubtful. Frankly, all I see is immaturity.

I beg of you, do not place yourself in the company of pre-made ideas. Leave the childish, uniformed ads to the media. Be above all that nonsense and do something tangible for your cause. Find the facts and defy ignorance. I don’t even care where you end up aligning yourself politically or religiously or the like… I honestly don’t care. Just whatever you choose, whatever you stand for and represent, represent it with integrity, honesty and knowledge.

Happy Wednesday Balls.

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

“You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.”
Harlan Ellison

“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”
Stephen Hawking

“Time after time, history demonstrates that when people don’t want to believe something, they have enormous skills of ignoring it altogether.”
Jim Butcher

“No matter how big the lie; repeat it often enough and the masses will regard it as the truth.”
John F. Kennedy


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4 Responses to “Ignorance is a Sack of Balls”

  1. Chris Biscuits July 20, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    Bravo. This is so damn right.

    “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’” Isaac Asimov.

    • Lace July 20, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

      YES YES YES! Thank you!

  2. Lee Weishar July 29, 2012 at 9:08 pm #

    love this post! I think that’s one of the main problems today; the refusal to be informed on what you discussing. unfortunately most people can’t admit that they are wrong about something – and many times this happens with the proof right in front of them!

    “You don’t know what you don’t know, Much of what you knew you forgot, and much of what you know just ain’t so!” – Chris Brady

    Ever since I realized that, I answer most arguments with ‘maybe I’m wrong, this is just what I believe with what I’ve learned up to now’ it’s amazing how much you can learn when you are open to the possibility of being wrong 🙂

    • Lace July 30, 2012 at 9:11 am #

      So very true Lee! Thanks for stopping by =)

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