Tuesday, May 3, 2011

World Class Stupid... I've been in a cave and the brightness is staggering...

Ok I wrote this before I closed the curtain on this blog months ago.
After seeing people cheering the death of Bin Laden (don’t get me wrong folks I’m glad the fuck is dead) I am flabbergasted that most were too clueless to process that fact that people who actually lost someone on 9/11 were not celebrating Bin Laden’s demise cause his death won’t bring their loved ones back AND all his death will do is move another towel head up the terrorism depth chart.

“hopelessness, fear and hate and a case of world class “stupid” has made the world’s greatest military power, not only a threat to world stability but an outright embarrassment”

Was at the mall killing time and I went into one of the bookstores and was browsing through the political book section and came across a book “The Dumbest Generation” as I browsed through the political and societal book section.
I have been intrigued by this subject and the pessimistic view I have on our society. I have written before about the downturn of moral and intellectual values in our society.
Don’t get me wrong people, I’m hardly a saint, nor do I possess all of the moralistic values I think would allow me to be escorted through the pearly gates on a red carpet.
I have always known that I am an intrinsically flawed human being ever since I was very young.
I process and over process thoughts and feelings and I will be the first to tell you I have some pretty fucked up thoughts rambling around in my head. From my bitterness towards certain individuals or what can even be characterized as utter hatred or contempt for certain people. I tend to be bitter and angry some days as I recall things that have been done and said about me.
Some of you may have read an angry post I wrote where I wished I had a magic wand where I could simply wave it and wipe out human existence in the blink of an eye so that we could just start all over.

I was watching a 60 Minutes segments last night where there were these people who had extraordinary memory capacity and could recall virtually every day of their lives.
While I can’t recall specific days like these individuals could I can not only vividly recall many specific days in my life but I could relive how I felt at that particular point in time as well.

I think this is why I have such a pessimistic view of life in general. I can recall so much shit… the pain, the anguish, the nonsense, the hypocrisy of so many I have come in contact with I often seriously doubt the existence of a “Heaven” because as the Curtis Mayfield song states “if there is hell below then we’re all gonna go.”
Is it possible to focus on and clearly see the deterioration of human existence right before our eyes? Can we all see it or do some of us simply choose to ignore the deterioration.

I don’t know about you but when I look at a lot of young people when I go about my day I clearly see a deterioration of the soul and the mindset of a lot of young people.
One of the things I read in the book as I browsed through it was the fact that it mentioned this current generation of younger folks generally those under the age of 30 are clearly unconscious of just how fucked up they are.
A great number of them are clearly some of the most selfish, egotistical, self-righteous, rude, morally bankrupt human beings on the planet.
Most young people today have this over inflated sense of entitlement and what is worse is the parents of these young cretins are the most guilty of feeding this mentality.

While some of you may cringe at my very over the top pessimistic assessment I believe that time will prove that I am indeed correct in my judgment and that we all will suffer the consequences. The deterioration of the human mind, morals and common decency of the common man will prove to be our downfall and unfortunately I may still be alive the witness this demise. Unless I am fortunate enough to die as most black men do to a heart attack or diabetes.

Here in the United States of America, the greatest nation this planet has ever known is facing a significant brain drain. We all know it and there have been plenty of studies to back up what I am about to regurgitate.
None of this will be a surprise to anyone who reads this or has been paying attention.

Now I am going to preface this by saying this, I know you may ask Gaius what the fuck is your problem?

Writing… even some of the incoherent and angry, grammar and punctuationally challenged rants have indeed saved me mentally from time to time over my past.
I want someone long after I am gone to read this and say, shit this dude got it, he saw the tide go out unexpectedly… the pending tsunami those of you who understand that if you are ever on the beach and you see the water being sucked away from the shoreline, run really, really fast. What I am talking about here folks is the human equivalent of that. We can either ignore it, do something about it, or run really fast.
Or we can just smoke some really strong weed and pretend it does not exist.

What do we know…
U.S. students ranked 25th of 30 advanced nations in math and 24th in science. Several other facts paint a worrisome picture. First, the longer American children are in school, the worse they perform compared to their international peers. In recent cross-country comparisons of fourth grade reading, math, and science, US students scored in the top quarter or top half of advanced nations. By age 15 these rankings drop to the bottom half. In other words, American students are farthest behind just as they are about to enter higher education or the workforce." That's a sobering thought. The longer kids are in school and the more money we spend on them, the further behind they get.
What is amazing to me is we are confronted by this statistic all the time and most of us routinely ignore the obvious.

I wrote about a month or so ago about the plight of black and minority students which is by all accounts a national disgrace. On average, black and Latino students are roughly two to three years of learning behind white students of the same age. This racial gap exists regardless of how it is measured, including both achievement (e.g., test score) and attainment (e.g., graduation rate) measures. Scores for math and reading across the fourth and eighth grades, for example, 48 percent of blacks and 43 percent of Latinos are below basic,' while only 17 percent of whites are, and this gap exists in every state. A more pronounced racial achievement gap exists in most large urban school districts.

The teaching establishment and politicians have mindfucked taxpayers into believing that more money is needed to improve education. In Washington, D.C the school budget is about the nation's costliest, spending about $15,000 per pupil. Its student/teacher ratio, at 15.2 to 1, is lower than the nation's average. Yet student achievement is just about the lowest in the nation. What's so callous about the Washington situation is about 1,700 children in kindergarten through 12th grade receive the $7,500 annual scholarships in order to escape rotten D.C. public schools, and four times as many apply for the scholarships, yet Congress, beholden to the education establishment don’t support voucher programs.

Now is the dumbness of the current generation only dude to poor schools or lack of school choices?
I read a piece and I did not find it before I started ranting here about how technology is actually screwing up the minds of this generation.
When I am ever called upon to drive on campus you are hard pressed to find anyone not speaking on a cell phone or without an I-pod attached to their ears.
I watched a video entitled “Are Some Young People Too Dumb To Vote?” from 2008 as some young people who considered themselves politically astute could not identify prominent members of today’s political leadership.

Stupidity is accepted behavior and even celebrated. But lets be real here folks this isn’t one political side, one race, one religion, its everyone. At first the complaints talk about a government nobody can stand but it all comes back to one thing, stupidity. We talk about how stupid and out of touch our politicians are but these same tards keep getting elected somehow.

All Barack Obama had to do was promise “hope” and overwhelmingly young people followed him in droves, hundreds of millons of dollars were donated to his campaign even while those who supported him could tell you little or nothing about him and some even more intellectually challenged mistook Sarah Palin’s political positions for his. Now if that is not the height of stupidity I don’t know what is.

Now folks as I sit here bemoan human existence I know that all Americans believe that all other Americans are stupid. In doing so this doomsday way of thinking (something I do very well) causes feelings of alienation, loneliness, frustration and, most of all, anger. Americans are angry. Yes Gaius is indeed angry.

Every two years there are elections, state, local and federal with a presidential election every four years. The presidential elections are worst of all. They are increasingly dreaded by all Americans with daily polls telling them their candidate is hated for this or that no matter how ahead they may be. Polls are simply made up, one polling company works for one party and another for the opposition. Instead of information, they are meant to confuse, dismay and make the public feel helpless. This is the key to everything, helplessness.

Thus far, we have hit on two feelings, anger and helplessness. These feelings are driven by what Americans are told. The question is, who is actually doing the “telling?” This may be where the “stupid” comes in. Americans never ask who is telling, government, news organizations, industry or is there really some secret organization running everything, some backroom sect of devil worshiping war mongers and cannibals? This brings another card into play, the internet. Americans generally accept that news organizations are controlled by some evil force. Many Americans believe that Fox News, the pro-Israeli and ultra-right wing network is the purveyor of all that is good and true. Others follow CNN or ABC, perhaps MSNBC. However, even the most rudimentary investigations show ownership and management of all these sources, newspapers, magazines, all are intertwined. They are all the same and any imagined differences are just that, imagined but the average person lacks even the most basic sense of common sense to decipher what is painfully obvious.
With all the technology we possess and all out access to information we have become more and more intellectually lazy.

The internet may be where “stupid” really takes root. Stupid is one thing but when combined with outright insanity and the inherent paranoia and lack of judgment that go with it and the utter lack of discernment that stupidity is famous for, an opening is created, more like a festering wound. Even those who spend thousands of dollars being educated at our finest universities are seemingly the most vulnerable to stupidity.
Stupid has allowed public education, even at university level, to become little more than indoctrination. The baseless mythologies pushed forward, the real government conspiracies and the lies used to cover them up, become an “unquestioned” part of our national history, the real heritage of an age of stupidity and unreason. Up becomes down, right becomes wrong and truth becomes lies. More accurately, truth becomes “conspiracy theory” and the wildest conspiracy theories, the really dangerous ideas, are parroted across the airwaves, and even make it into our schools and text books.

Stupid is a corrosive that cannot be contained...  

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