Wednesday, September 09, 2009

The Beginning of the End.

This is it, folks. Mark your calendars. Today is the day that we finally crossed the line and decided that we'd rather take refuge in ignorance than be made uncomfortable by new ideas and knowledge.

The world's certainly changed since I was a kid. For example, when I was a kid, the President of the United States making a speech to the nation's schoolkids about the importance of education and their role in the future was not a cause of controversy.

I turned the TV on just in time to see some dumb bitch from the upstate getting teary eyed and crying at the "thought of her children being 'exposed to that'".


I used to the think political correctness had gone way too far because we'd become a society where it was unacceptable to offend anyone under any circumstances…but this is a whole new thing. It's not about offending people anymore. Apparently it's now unacceptable to publicly voice any idea that may differ from the opinions of anyone listening.

When I was a kid, the whole purpose of school was to expose kids to as many different ideas as possible, so those kids would have to actually think and make up their own minds about things. Today, we only want our kids learning things if they directly mirror our own beliefs and ideas.

Jim-Bob doesn't want his kid to grow up to be no goddamned nigger-lovers or to be turned gay by the faggots. Chastity McPrudence doesn't want her daughter getting involved with any heathen Jews, Hindus and especially not those dirty Muslims, because everyone knows that all Muslims are terrorists. Phil McKathlic doesn't want his kids listening to his science teachers because the Bible says the Earth was created in seven days six thousand years ago…and Jeff Q. Straightlaced doesn't want his son listening to that disgusting popular music, because learning to play the guitar is a waste of time and certainly won't help him become an accountant.

Here's the deal, people. If you expect to go through life and never be offended by anything you see or hear, you're in for one rough fucking ride. There are six billion of us sharing this little rock, so getting everyone to agree is impossible…and you know what? The really big ideas, the ones that changed the world for the better usually started out as unpopular and 'shocking' ideas.

Thanks to our school system putting the little kiddies' sense of self esteem before actual achievement, we've created a whole generation of people with an inflated sense of entitlement and self-importance. People who think the world revolves entirely around them, and anything that offends, contradicts or just makes them uncomfortable is totally unacceptable.

This is something that honestly scares me.

I think of the reactions when the first person suggested that racial segregation was wrong. I think of the reactions when the first person suggested that women should be able to vote of have careers just like men. I think of the reactions when the first person suggested the state and church should be two separate entities.

It's not just that someone has expressed a viewpoint and people disagree with it. That's fine and the way it should be. What scares me is the people claiming that the idea shouldn't have been expressed in the first place.

The one way to guarantee the destruction of a society is to start telling people what they can and can't say and who they can and can't say it to…and that's exactly what we're doing.


Sunny said...

Yep- and we've reached that pinnacle.

Evan 08 said...

There are a few of us who will go down fighting... and maybe we will pass it on to our kids, so that speaking your mind will live on for another generation or so.