Ignorance, not racism or other societal ills, is the real, strangely unaddressed underlying problem in today’s world.
Prevailing collective ignorance undermines truth, wisdom, and justice. It engenders envy of the successful, is the basis of poverty, bigotry, the thorn of vengeance, instigator of hate mongering; furthermore, coupled with crime, drugs, illegitimacy, illiteracy, lying, and wanton violence, it erodes society. En masse, it succumbs to the thought control of political correctness and panders to the false charisma of the inept and blindly elects the likes of a President Obama.
Of course, we are all ignorant to large degrees, especially in today’s world of the Internet, technology, and the mass of information that is beyond human comprehension. The mere collection of facts, however, does not equate with common sense, education, or wisdom, as the demise of the U.S. education system behind 22 other nations clearly affirms. Ignorance of our own history is allowing Big Government to turn the U.S. into a Peoples’ Socialist-Republic, as the Chinese and other dictatorships falsely term themselves. Asians here are outsmarting our younger generations and it will be a question as to who will be running the country decades from now.
Up until the mid-20th century ignorance was generally held in place. It was eschewed and the ignorant were not acknowledged by the communicators as they are today with the plethora of social-media outlets with no constraints. Ignorance is now equated with wisdom without challenge. All assertions gain credence, hence a dumbed-down populace that lacks the ability to discern and, therefore, is easily manipulated. History is revised, core values are discredited, and the trivia and ephemera of Twitter, Facebook, et al, prevail.
Many degrees of ignorance
Obviously, each person functions only in the realm of his own understanding, be that great or small. Few have ubiquitous, polymathic knowledge.
I learned early that one cannot deal with ignorance; you’ll lose every time (as this country has been doing for the last seven years). The ignorant lack the ability to judge or compete sensibly.
Ignorance cuts across all segments of society: the 80% who are followers and the 15% mid-level leaders: bureaucrats, priests, preachers, teachers, entertainers, writers, journalists, pundits, celebrities, politicians, unions, the military, and, even lawyers, doctors, and especially narrowly-focused PhDs. Most are one-dimensional; rightly obsessed with their own narrow endeavors to excel in whatever enterprise they are engaged. But, because of that, their wider opinions are often all the less credible.
It is not a corollary that learning necessarily begets wisdom; often the old saying that an ignorant fool is less dangerous than a learned one is very apt.
Locally, I praise most but take issue with some of the writers of the [Macon] Telegraph newspaper, both columnists and letter-writers. Those who blast Fox News display knee-jerk ignorance; even the esteemed Bill Cummings astounded me recently with his passing slur of Fox News and therewith lost my respect. Only the ignorant criticize but do not actually watch Fox News, which affords liberal-Democrats vast opportunities to put their feet in their mouths defending their ignorant arguments before being humiliated by facts.
I question, though, why only Conservatives seem to comprehend the greatness of our Constitutional System, our Free Enterprise, and understand that Business not Government is the engine of this once great country?
Could the answer be that liberals and democrats must be woefully ignorant or just plain stupid, or both?
Ignorance will affect the 2016 election
The ignorant Democrat electorate irreparably damaged the Nation by electing and re-electing Barack Obama. Now, augmented by the illegal immigrant influx and combined with their usual fraudulent votes, Democrat voters could elect Hillary Clinton in 2016. Hillary has absolutely no achievements or ability yet the ignorant sycophants will vote for her just because she is a woman, just like they voted for Obama just because he is black (mulatto).
Even the average Republican voter will ignorantly vote for the likes of Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, or Ted Cruz who have never run anything like a business or state. Ben Carson is a good doctor but by no means a leader. Only former governors have the requite experience to lead.
The eminently more qualified Republican than Democrat candidates are now deriding Donald Trump—mostly because he is an outstandingly successful businessman and not an empty-suited politician—and the kind of person who accomplishes things. Trump and Carly Fiorina together are the only team that could turn this country around and get it back on its economic, business-jobs, international, and upright feet again. That can only be done by overcoming ignorance on both sides of the aisle, which I doubt could happen.
The effects of ignorance: Demise of the West
Words no longer have precise meanings, nor do laws that are publicly scoffed or egregiously avoided. Justice has become a farce (viz. the U.S. Justice Department, the Supreme Court, confiscatory local law enforcement); IRS statutory law that fills 70,000 pages, epidemic slander, “Racism” labeled against the White race when actually misbehaving Blacks are the worst racists, outrageous deportment in schools without discipline, flat-out lies from elected officials, perfidy rampant, Godliness lost to apostasy, and the once strongest world leader-nation now cowering under the very great existential danger from the Islamic world, a monstrously ignorant populace spreading worldwide without assimilating, setting up their own mosques and Sharia law wherever they go as alien squatters.
This latter threat could inevitably portend the demise of Western civilization. Muslims are reproducing at twice the birth rate of all free Judeo-Christian nations and predictions are that they will be the world’s majority before the end of this century. American and European nations are not replicating themselves at a rate to even stem their own demise.
By the 22nd century it is predicted that there will not be an America, Europe, or Israel, as we know them today. The benighted Muslim world will erase all of the knowledge, culture, and freedom that undergirds Western civilization. There will be no recovery from that. Monstrous evil “ignorance” will have won over the well-meaning but weak beneficent ignorance of Christian leadership—or a lack thereof.
The “Biblical End Time”?
Perhaps the “Time of the End” (of the Judeo-Christian era) is upon us as predicted in Daniel, Ezekiel, John’s Revelation, et al. They foresaw a future time when knowledge would increase (astoundingly) and would presage the final days of the era with, of course, the coming of the Messiah to preside over a New Millennium of Peace.
That sort of belief is hard to sustain in the world of the moment when we have just seen up close the three-and-a-half-billion miles away, dwarf-planet Pluto—without having passed any Pearly Gates or Golden Streets—or any groups of 72 virgins awaiting their ISIS martyrs along the way.
Any wonder why the churches and synagogues are becoming irrelevant?
Fortunately, their teachings sustained a frightening and benighted world for six millennia, or mankind very likely would not be where it is today. But, is Judeo-Christianity (my word) able to prevail against Muslim Jihadism? It doesn’t seem so at the moment. The only thing Islam has contributed to civilization is conflict, chaos, and catastrophe. Their Koran is the exact opposite of the wisdom, goodness, and love of the Jewish Tanakh and the Christian New Testament. (I’ve read the Koran twice and have studied the Bible deeply). And the estimated one hundred million Jihadist extremists in their monstrous ignorance are taught to kill the infidel—all non-believers. (Fortunately, my three excellent local Muslim doctors are not in this category.)
At the rate this country and Europe are down-sliding, our progeny will face a world dominated by Islam and China. Worse, the coming younger Muslim generations will be even more ignorant than the present—and we are fast headed the same way in the dumbed-down “Watter’s World” that this nation has become. This is a threat far greater than Nazism and Communism of the 20th century. Those were overt; this is covert and internal.
Western civilization might soon be relegated to revisionist history. There will be an “End of the Age” all right; if Iran gets a nuclear bomb, they might well fulfill that biblical prophecy.
Written by Colonel Avery Chenoweth, Sr.
Avery Chenoweth, Sr. is a three-war Marine Reserve colonel, a military historian, writer, artist, former TV advertising executive and TV-film director in NYC, and former general manager of two Christian television stations. He and his wife are retired in Perry, Georgia.
This article was originally published in the Macon Telegraph, August 9, 2015, and is reprinted with permission of Colonel Chenoweth. The Colonel opinions expressed in this commentary are his own views and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Hacienda Publishing.