Sailing On A Ship Of Fools

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First Corinthians 13:11 says:

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

How much of our current discourse seems to be of childish things? How much of our daily debate is dominated by discussions about idiotic things done by government and not about just living life?

This is terrible – Obama pardons the sequester and sends it to Portugal:

If this video isn’t proof that a person should have to pass a basic civics and current events test before being allowed to vote, nothing will. This clip was designed to be funny but it is not – it is pathetic.

I guess that is the thing that irks me the most about our current times. There are very, very few on our culture, our society or our political class who are interested  in actually being serious about what we face (or even smart enough, apparently)…or even more frightening, that they believe that they are very, very serious about frivolous, inane and idiotic “subjects”. Seriously unserious, as it were, fanatically arguing about falsehoods, myths or factual, yet inconsequentially trivial matters or defending to the death a position so ludicrous that the greatest frustration is that they can’t even see how devoid of reality and moronic their position is.

We live in a society so deluded by pop culture that Obama can be named one of the 50 most powerful people in sports when the sum total of his “power” is this according to Sports Illustrated:

POTUS might be the ultimate global power player, but he also wields significant influence in the Republic of Sports. One relevant riff — on his NCAA tourney picks, on his desire for a college football playoff, on his concern over permitting the sons that he doesn’t have to play football — and the sports world takes notice. Plus, the 51-year-old can shoot the J.

So his “power” and “influence” is simply because he can fog up a mirror with breath from his worthless piehole, not that he has actually done a damn thing…but then that fully describes his political career as well, doesn’t it?

The hated George W. Bush actually was a “power” player – he was part owner of the Texas Rangers and he never received such accolades.

Several years ago, I proposed that we face a series of real crises – not farcical, concocted political crises – but real, honest to God, potential extinction level events:

We face an educational crisis. This is perhaps the most significant crisis facing America. Public education has become regimented and systematized to the point that it has become dogmatic. We even refer to our educational services as school “systems”. Socratic learning has been largely replaced with regimented indoctrination, free thinking is not encouraged, and following the “system” is valued over critical thinking.

Value is placed on the simple command of facts and not the critical “why’s” behind them. We also appear to lack important overarching historical context, preventing us from viewing modern issues in proper context and facilitating understanding. We do appear to be more focused on teaching what to think and not how to think. Objective truths and established facts are dismissed as “your opinion”. Direct, vigorous debate and defending a position seem to be alien, just “sharing” opinions or presenting a list of facts is good enough. Knowledge is substituted for wisdom. It makes for an intense interest in politesse but leads to arrogant, undisciplined, unorganized thought, resulting in overt hostility to any challenge or correction.

Recent studies have shown that college (at least the first 2 years of it) is largely a waste of time and money and the total college package leaves something to be desired.  Richard Arum (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1996; M.Ed. Harvard Graduate School of Education, 1988), authored the new book “Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses” (University of Chicago Press). It followed 2,322 traditional-age students from the fall of 2005 to the spring of 2009 and examined testing data and student surveys at a broad range of 24 U.S. colleges and universities, from the highly selective to the less selective. To those of us who have hiring responsibilities for business, what he found is hardly a surprise.

“An unprecedented study that followed several thousand undergraduates through four years of college found that large numbers didn’t learn the critical thinking, complex reasoning and written communication skills that are widely assumed to be at the core of a college education.

Many of the students graduated without knowing how to sift fact from opinion, make a clear written argument or objectively review conflicting reports of a situation or event, according to New York University sociologist Richard Arum, lead author of the study. The students, for example, couldn’t determine the cause of an increase in neighborhood crime or how best to respond without being swayed by emotional testimony and political spin.

Forty-five percent of students made no significant improvement in their critical thinking, reasoning or writing skills during the first two years of college, according to the study. After four years, 36 percent showed no significant gains in these so-called “higher order” thinking skills.

Combining the hours spent studying and in class, students devoted less than a fifth of their time each week to academic pursuits. By contrast, students spent 51 percent of their time — or 85 hours a week — socializing or in extracurricular activities.”

A critically thinking citizenry is primary to the success of a Republic. If we continue to grow a society that cannot recognize fact, how can we ever expect that society to face them?

We are passengers on a ship of fools.

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18 thoughts on “Sailing On A Ship Of Fools

  1. Boss,

    It’s simple: if you are not ruled by God in your heart, you need to be ruled by the sword (i.e. govt.) SO they destroy God in society, which leads man to devolve into nothing but a selfish animal, thus creating the necessity for the govt. to rule over the brutes it created.

    The issue for govt. is what to do with those of us who refuse to abandon the real King of Kings, and we all know what the answer to that problem has been since the rise of Marx…

    Read Revelation lately? :-(

    • Joe – I do agree. The book of Revelation is revealing, if you will pardon the pun.

      What frustrates me is that, in general, people have lost the drive to simply know a thing for themselves. There is no critical questioning, no inner voice that says, “Man, that just doesn’t sound right. I think I need to check it out.” Far too many people just look at the front page of a newspaper or the first search result on the InterAlJazerraGoreNet and just accept it…perfect example is that person on the video who just agreed with whatever was said because they “trust” Obama.

      One thing that history has proven for sure is that when people stop thinking for themselves, despots and tyrants will use government to think for them. Remember Imam Greg saying that he wanted government to take care of “mundane things” for him?

      Sheeple.

      May God have mercy upon us.

    • What if Jesus is already here?

      I know that this is likely to spark a theological debate but I am becoming more and more comfortable with the idea that the Holy Trinity exists in us and as such, we have the tools at hand to save ourselves.

      The “spark of life” is the little piece of Divinity that sets human apart from the rest of the animal kingdom and because of that, I believe that God is in all of us. God gave man free will – what if it is really up to us to save ourselves. In Biblical history, God has always provided the catalyst and the path, but man has had to walk that path.

  2. The Holy Spirit (the comforter) IS here, but Jesus plainly stated that he was to go and prepare a place and to return at a later date when ALL the world would know of his return. It is plainly stated that there are many events that WILL occur before his return, the seven church periods, The Great Tribulation, the unveiling of the antichrist and the false prophet, a one world government, leader, religion, and currency.
    A person who has accepted Christ has the benefit of the Holy Spirit inside of him, the ability to have Jesus as your mediator with a direct line to God, but unless a person is Christ he cannot be Christ and your argument is null. I have to respectfully disagree with your statement that by God providing the catalyst and path that man must walk, that man has saved himself. The only way that man can save himself is by exercising his free will to CHOOSE to walk the path that God has provided. Be wary when saying the trinity exists inside of us, that is almost akin to special knowledge, or Calvinism, else how could there be evil in the world?
    Not trying to start a fight or anything, I really enjoy reading your articles and the refreshing intellectual commentary that you provide.

    • No fight, just differing perspectives.

      I never said that man saved himself. What I said was that God gave us free will and gave us the path – without the path, there can be no salvation – but free will still requires that we choose.

      I do believe that God works in mysterious ways and though man (including me) tries to understand them, He only reveals them at a time of His choosing. I don’t doubt the literal interpretation of the Holy Bible, I just think it interesting that an apocalypse has been a feature of just about every religion in history and I know that the definition of an apocalyptic event can be expressed in many ways, for example, the American Indian, the Mayan and the Aztec societies were obliterated in what many would call an “apocalypse”…our Apocalypse may be that we are seemingly destined to destroy ourselves – my only point is that if God gave us the power to destroy, it also stands to reason that He also gave us the power to save ourselves.

      What sets us apart from animals? I would argue that is a conscience and the ability to determine right from wrong. How can we argue that every human isn’t born with that in them? To me that is God. Free will allows us to be influenced by Lucifer and therefore ignore God but it is indisputable that every human, even the worst among us, is different from any other animal because even the worst can reason. I don’t accept that this is akin to a “special knowledge” because we still are required to consciously accept Jesus as our personal savior in order to realize the promise of eternal life. Everybody can have that spark and yet choose to deny God.

      Anyhow, I’m less concerned with the finer points of theology – I just try to live as God would have me live by loving as best I can, being forgiving, being faithful in action, truthful in speech and honorable in life.

  3. I am content as well, to leave the finer point of theology aside, and have to 100% agree with your last line. That is how we as a group save ourselves, by individuals governing themselves. This was a great morning distraction for me, something fun to think about other than susan rice, so ty and I apologize if I came off too strong. I believe we are brothers in the best way possible.

    • No worries at all. Joe and I have had some pretty harsh go-rounds and we are still speaking to each other. I appreciate being challenged. It causes me to think. The only way you find your way in life is to constantly test your assumptions…

      • I agree with you here Utah about “finding your way in life”….Also sometimes Google-Maps helps ….. :- ) .

        Seriously though…Scripture tells us….”…When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him”.
        You never know.

        • Google maps are pretty good but not on the iPhone. I thank God for a God-fearing, strong and righteous mother, father and grandparents who installed my software. They are all gone now, so the upgrades aren’t free anymore and I have to work installing the new code in my kids – they still need to call tech support from time to time…

  4. I know you guys probably have seen or heard about this but this is case in point of what I’m trying to get at in this post – kids getting suspended from school for nothing:

    A Maryland state senator has crafted a bill to curb the zeal of public school officials who are tempted to suspend students as young as kindergarten for having things — or talking about things, or eating things — that represent guns, but aren’t actually anything like real guns.

    And:

    A Michigan elementary school is defending its decision to confiscate a third-graders batch of homemade cupcakes because the birthday treats were decorated with plastic green Army soldiers.

    We’re a nation of dumbasses.

  5. Jaysus! I don’t know what’s worse; the host showing his lack of knowledge about the sequester and blaming Congress (gosh, sound familiar?) or the retards on the street!

    This talk that you are having with sweet Romeo is interesting. It is also interesting that you bring up Revelation. Reminds me of what happens at night: http://www.orthodoxresearchinstitute.org/articles/bible/themistocles_revelation_old_testament.htm
    Reckon we just need to discren who’s visiting us, right?

  6. I remember seeing something like the Jimmy Kimmel clip that took place right after OWEbozo won in’08, done by the Howard Stern show, I believe. His guy was asking people how they felt about OWEbozo (he actually used his real name) winning the presidency out on some city street. Everyone of them that said that they were happy as hell that he won, was then asked how they felt about him having Sarah Palin, a woman, for his veep and everyone of them said that it was just fine as long as a black man was going to be president, it didn’t matter who was the veep. When asked if it was racist to only vote for someone because of their race, all of them said “NO”. Then they were asked if it was racist to vote against someone because of their race, the answer was always “Hell, yes”.

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