It is a crazy world we live in today, isn’t it? The internet is how most of the general public buys, sells, and gets the news. The days of opening a newspaper at the breakfast table are gone. The time for opening a book fresh from the library, either to read a story or study are long since passed. Why bother, when “reality” t.v-featuring the “reality” of others-has become so much more exciting than our own? Are you scared? You should be; I know I am.
I am afraid that the obsession with social media, and tabloid news is ruining our chances for advancement as a society. We are devolving into a society of smart monkies, more concerned about our neighbors’ cache of bananas than our own.
We used to be more cultured. More considerate. More traditional. We used to be more educated.
Civilization as we know it was built out of the minds of intelligent individuals who believed in education. Where once it was only the elite that had access to education, it was eventually deemed important enough to become all-inclusive. There must be a reason for this, right? Now, thanks to smart phones and the internet we have all of the resources for self-education at our fingertips, and what do we use them for? Looking up cat videos.
As if that wasn’t a large enough indicator for how far we have sunk, public school systems have recently been pulling more out of the curriculum. Cursive will soon be the equivalent of a dead language, music, art and general creativity are being stifled for “lack of funding”. Many have trouble distinguishing between words in their native language, let alone spelling them. So I ask, what are the schools really teaching? Where is the quality? Where is the pride? Where is the drive that once made us so great?
The truth is that public schools have become little more than institutions meant to dutifully pump out obedient, numb minded factory workers incapable of thinking for themselves. Students eat when they are told, go to the bathroom when they are given the okay, and obediently follow a bell to get through their day. This is the problem with government financed education, but Uncle Sam has no use for free thinking individuals. This is by far not the only issue I have noticed. Perhaps if teachers were paid what they were worth they would feel more inclined to teach, to encourage, to bring out the best of the abilities in their students.
If I asked you to do something simple, would you do it? Even if YOU may not perceive the benefit to yourself?
Think of a topic of study that interests you. Research that topic. Use the internet, use the library or whatever means you wish. If you do not want to research a topic, read a book. Any book you think you may enjoy. You may not see the world open up before you, or you may feel that the world-a very small place to be certain-has become a limitless expanse to be endlessly explored.
I only ask you to try…