Since around 2005 or so, the United States has slowly lead the way for most of the rest of the world [perhaps with the exception of Russia and China, maybe Japan as well]. This prominent role is not one of boundless and brave leadership, but is instead one of rearview mirror vision, violence and mean-spiritedness, backwards and divisional thinking, anti-intellectualism, anti-scientific, and vainglorious religiosity, all in the name of preserving our nationalism, patriotism, party politics and generic education [based upon drone-like standards, obedience, and self-righteousness that says we all need to be the same - this mandate coming from the national leadership, and working its way, slowly sifting deeper and deeper into the fabric of all that is education]. The good ol’ US of A has now created the New Dark Age. Way to go!
We do not promote scientific exploration, imagination, innovation, education, and the higher levels of searching and adventuring [unless it can turn a tidy and quick profit or leads to some obvious narcissistic personal gain]. The puppet public believes things like space exploration and advanced and imaginative scientific experiments and research and purely personal toys of scientists and universities [those rat bastards in elitist schools stealing research dollars for what… - those sorts of idiotic comments]. Imagination and innovation has been systematically bled out of the education system by standardized tests and regionalisms controlling aspects of education [the idea of parents and local communities running education is a nice vote-getting ploy, but lacks forethought, vision, and a true understanding of the potential in each wondrous natural resource, those young people entering the “system”].
Between hypermedia morons spouting vitriol instead of creativity and innovation, spewing forth idiocy and hatred, divisive stuff that leads to more viewers for them, more books sales, higher ratings, and more, and their campaigns against science, space exploration, education, and higher level thinking, we are doomed. Politicians, who never look beyond the next two years for fear of not getting elected, and who feed on mass-mindedness, the wave of herd plowing through the fields of fecal matter, and who need to placate and learn to love the hypermedia moguls and retain their support, they are never going to speak up and take a risk like this, forethought.
So, where do we sit? Is their well-funded scientific research into space and the distant future of our species? No. Is their well-funded K-12 education to build and/or shape creative, innovative, brave, and critical minds for our next generations? Nope. Is there support for advanced research into things other than simply diseases and money-making aspects of science and understanding the world and universe around us? Nope again. We rely on private corporations for anything here, and government cutbacks in these areas further retard the intellectual and spiritual growth in America [and other places that for God knows what reasons, look to us as leaders]. Religion too has gone this route, closing minds, not permitting questions, and simply laying down dogma to be followed like obedient drones, but only in some areas [vested interests - look at the Ellul quote I posted earlier], because we live in the Dark Ages where to question means something like the hypermedia or new Christian church’s version of the Spanish Inquisition or Salem Witch Trials. Modern churches seem afraid for anyone to ask questions or look at science or aspects of research and thinking that might not follow their doctrine and dogma, and that is purely anti-Christian and does nothing to build or support faith [it simply isolates it, quarantines it if you will, but that means stagnation]. I have learned more about science, philosophy, evolution, space, the microscopic and beyond in all elements, and these things, these questions with something deeper inside, things that many Christians fear because they make you think, make you question, make you look more deeply at faith and belief, yet these things for me have so strengthened and deepened my faith, so helped me to see the amazing depth and breadth of all that is God, that I pity those who do not allow these things into their lives [they limit God to the last 4500 years or so, and purely to a one-time miracle and potential failure in Adam and Eve, and so much more, that they miss the truly phenomenal miracles, the incredible depth of our past and the awe-inspiring questions posed]. I am stronger in faith because I question and search, and I am 100% ready for the next stage, heaven or whatever name you want to call it.
Slight digression, but to the point. We have limited our searching, researching, explorations, and more. We have kept up our military spending, and advanced it, retarded education, and opened more doors in the military to the point where the military and all its supporting mechanisms and industries is by far the number one employer in the nation. We are creating a nation of idiot drones, spiritually empty or vague [maybe completely vacant] who follow without question, actually fear questions, and want their supposed freedom and individuality without any real awareness of what those things are and what was intended when those things were mentioned and stated a few hundred years ago [but we claim them like a birthright, forgetting all else].
Those who do not learn from history [or place vague notions about it and only study certain vanilla versions of it] are doomed to repeat it. Those who give up the right or squash the right to question are authoritarian, dogmatic, self-righteous, and leaning towards a form of stagnant life in which humans cannot live happily and intelligently. We have set up the military as a key employer, have our young people going to universities with the idea that is how they will get a job, we sell the false notion that everyone is equal [utter nonsense], and we have no role models out there in science, research or the areas we say we lack in comparison to other countries… Honestly, if you were a student today, say in grade 4, and someone asked you what you wanted to do, you would probably say, “I want to go to college and then get a job.” What job? What dream? Scientist? Doctor? Religious leader? How about architect? Person to change the world? Another Gandhi? Nope. I’ve heard it…
Welcome my friends to the New Dark Age where we do not value intelligence, questioning, research, scientific inquiry, depth of knowledge, and differences of opinions [to be worked through, debated, shared, searched, and settled]. We scream, war, divide, scream more, prey upon fear and hate, play with our leisure devices to kill the time and pain, and don’t notice everything disintegrating around us [and if we notice a shadow of it, we scream it was this person’s or that party’s or this group’s fault, and not us, then we go back on Facebook, Twitter, texting… whatever pleases and distracts for the moment].
We are not looking to the distant future [we are more worried about the here and now, and there is some need and value there, but without distant forethought, the gloom of the sunset and no light, no moon or stars, is upon us]. It is dark…