by Kenneth Justice
~ Yesterday I was sitting at coffee with a friend of mine and the person sitting next to us interjected into the conversation, “I totally disagree with what you’re saying!” he said
In his mid-forties, the man did not like my belief that it’s important to study an issue before arriving at a strong opinion,
“It seems to me that a lot of people become extremely opinionated about things they know very little about and that they’ve spent next to no time studying” I said
“I don’t need to study data or read research studies to know everything there is to know about a subject!” he fired back, “You’re just a stupid pigheaded liberal” he said
I’m not sure what made me chuckle the most, the fact that the silly little subject we were discussing was about STOP signs and YIELD signs (the traffic signs on the side of the road) or that the dude called me pigheaded.
Perhaps I’m wrong, but I have a sneaky suspicion that modern NEWS programs are to blame for this know-it-all attitude which permeates our country; if you turn on a NEWS show you will see people blathering on-and-on about topic after topic, yet there will be very little substance to anything they have to say. It just seems that Western Culture has become a society enamored with blather.
It’s not unusual to listen to people spend more time talking about nonsense in our culture than about the things that matter most. It’s not unusual to listen to someone talk for an hour and barely hear one coherent sentence that is worth repeating.
I overhear more conversations at coffee about the newest video game that was released or the latest sports score, than I do about things of a higher nature.
Essentially, what the dude at coffee was arguing with me about was the need to read and study. He believed that reading and studying are worthless endeavors. And once I finally got him of the subject of calling me pigheaded, he ended up blathering on endlessly about the various women he is trying to date and all the women he can’t stand in life. In fact, his rant about women went on so long, at one point I interjected and asked, “Excuse me sir, but I’m going to take a guess that your entire life is pretty much about two things; going to work and trying to date women. Is there anything more to your life?” I’m not sure if he really appreciated that question because he got really quiet afterwards.
If you’re not sure whether to believe me that intellectually is declining in the West, consider this; according to The Atlantic, 25% of all Americans haven’t read a single book in the past year. Of course, I’m sure those people have read Facebook status updates, Tweets, and a few thousand text messages from their friends. But as far as reading substantive material; a big fat NADA.
If you’re reading this article….thank you. It is much appreciated. Now I need to finish my coffee,
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