Hey Nancy, I appreciate you taking the time to read this, twice even. But for me to merely come out and proclaim that we are surrounded by stupid people would come off as rudimentary or as an oversimplification. The premise behind this intricate piece on the subject was to present the arguments that support my conclusion, and not come off condescending or demeaning because the latter would make me complicit in stupidity. I receive no joy from demeaning others, in fact I would feel somewhat shameful for exhibiting that type of attitude — essentially I receive no benefit from it, just disappointment after reflection.
I was hoping to invoke an awareness to what I view as the root cause analysis for the spectacle and commodification of divisiveness in our society today. I wanted to express how endangering this has become, unnecessarily. Our politics seem overly premised on the transactional and not the relational exchanges to our social cohesiveness. We tend to undermine how much we relate — in ways that are not just multicultural, but intercultural through (evolutionary) exchanges of tolerance, compromise, and inclusion. The misunderstood impetus behind our becoming this melting pot, super power and envy of the world (nearly mirroring the world population, all in one place) has grown somewhat distasteful in recent times due to identity politics with the world and within the super power itself.
Arguably, we clumsily, stumbled upon the full potential of humanity in our pursuit of democracy. We presumed a zero-sum fallacy with our identity politics that is inconsistent with our core values and progression, to which has given way to demagoguery and wayward individualism. I feel compelled to quote Baruch Spinoza, an early philosopher of the 17th century here to emphasize the point.
There is no such thing as a discrete individual. This is a fiction. The boundaries of ‘me’ are fluid and blurred. We are all profoundly linked in countless ways we can hardly perceive. My decisions, choices, actions are inspired and motivated by others to no small extent.
What prompted me to write this was this overwhelming feeling of unease and unpleasantness with the preponderance of motivated ignorance that is being cultivated. There is an active and passive contingent among us who are determined to ignore and avoid unwanted knowledge — conspiratorially. One example of such groups is the flat earth societies. However, there are many others in positions of tremendous power and influence. We are being surrounded by a set of people with attitudes and behaviors that relish in their confirmation biases. They are bent on, and quite complacent in not knowing despite contradiction, evidence, and facts, but more perniciously, they inflict harm on others and consequentially themselves in the process. They also seem ignorant of their own ignorance which is very disheartening and very dangerous to say the least.