26 May The Plot To Make Us Idiots
*In Greece, an idiotes was originally a “private person” (as opposed to one taking part in public affairs)- someone who did not exercise their abilities to better the community, particularly in the arena of democratic governance. Today the word deals more with intelligence and ability to analyze. There is overlap and both definitions serve this article.
Have you ever noticed that we, as a country/culture, aren’t very good at communicating? Have you ever felt like no one really gets you- like you can’t get your point across to people who don’t already hold the same opinion? Like the other side of the political or religious aisle are so dense and incompetent that you might as well not even have a conversation? Your feelings are not unfounded and there may be a very good reason for this difficulty.
Undoubtedly, there are many reasons for the communication breakdown, but one needs particular attention. It’s called verbicide (no joke). Verbicide is
- Religion (pertaining to church and state)
- Denial of Service
Why Would People Do This?
What are the consequences?
How Then Should We Respond?
The answer is simple. Educate people. Teach them that truth is not subjective/relative. It is absolute/objective. Teach them to reconcile language. Teach them how to communicate. Teach them basic principles and critical reasoning. Eventually this must be done on mass levels, through institutional influence.
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