Monday, September 20, 2021

Ignorance is not Stupid

There is a reason why we don’t agree.  There are actually multiple reasons why some believe and others do not, regarding a multitude of subjects, ideas, politics and to be honest, most of us form our opinions based on incorrect or insufficient information.

Man is ignorant.  Women are ignorant, we are all ignorant of most things, but does that make us stupid?  Stupid is defines as:  having or showing a great lack of intelligence or common sense. That is a question you need to determine on your own.  Keep in mind that our minds are not designed to store huge amounts of information.  A psychologist named Thomas Landouer did an experiment to determine how much information the average mind can sustain.  His findings determined that we have about 1 Gigabyte of storage capacity, that is not very much, but that does support the premise that Man is Ignorant.  Ignorance is not necessarily bad.

“False belief is our birthright”  Said Phillip Fernbach, Cognitive Scientist, Boulder Colorado. He postulates that regardless of our inability to “be smart” we are intelligent by virtue of our social collectivism.  When I say “most people are wrong about most things, most of the time”  It coincides with the idea that we are all ignorant of most things, most of the time.


If we are all ignorant then developing false beliefs is a common and expected outcome of being human.  That is why so many believe so many things in so many different ways. Democrats, believe one way and Republicans another, is either right or wrong?  I believe in God, others do not,  who is right?  Can you explain in detail why one is right and one is wrong about anything?

Men and Women, and especially teenage boys attempt to show their knowledge through arguments and disagreements and in most cases one party or another will have some permanence by virtue of more experience, more knowledge or more power, but is that the way we should be motivated toward understanding?

I often get into discussions with others who do not agree with me, and very seldom do our disagreements get resolved with a meeting of the minds and a mutual understanding that enhances both our lives.   I am starting to understand that regardless of our shared ignorance of most things, neither of us understands the depth of that ignorance, and that prevents us from moving forward from a common understanding of our shared innocence.  

The process of being smart is rarely seen as a collective achievement, but the evidence seems to support the premise that we are all specialist in something and to some extent we can contribute to the intelligence of humanity by cooperating individually so that we share in the cycle of wisdom that comes from accepting that we are insignificant but together amazing things can transpire.

I am not suggesting in the least that we move toward socialistic style cooperation, those two words do not exist in this context.  We are all individuals with individual rights, privileges and responsibilities, but when we decide as individuals to cooperate then our options for advanced  achievements are multiplied and expanded, exponentially.    

There is a religious component to this argument.  My belief in God mandates that I pursue that belief individually, but that individual desire to have a personal relationship with His Son Jesus Christ facilitates my desire to help my neighbor, support those around me, assist them so that we can together obtain His promised blessing.  

It is the same process of overcoming my own ignorance by relying on the individual efforts of others and their unique skills and thoughts.  We do have very intelligent individuals throughout history, some who stand out beyond the billions and billions  who have lived, but even those were assisted to some extent by the conversations, the discussion and the opinions of others.

Our only way out of these contentious times is to realize that we are all IGNORANT of most things, and to understand that our lifeline to intelligence is through cooperative listening, thinking and acting.  Only then will we be able to solve the issues that face this Nation and only then will we come to the understanding that regardless of our own intellectual shortcomings, we can all be intelligent and wise together.


Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Evil or Stupid?

Someone once said, “We have two political parties, the Evil and the Stupid.”

Depending on your ideology or lack of, that statement can probably apply to both the Democrats and the Republicans.  

Within the State of California, I hope you're aware of the effort to recall Gaven Newsom, he is the Democratic Governor of California and the attempt is being made to remove him from office, that is what a recall is.  

I am trying to be deliberate in my explanation for the simple reason that I don’t think the Democrats are the “stupid” party.  That moniker goes to the Republicans.  You may ask yourself, what is the difference between Evil and Stupid? Not much when you consider those who act and do Evil are really not much worse than those who are Stupid and allow Evil to flourish.

I was going to let you extrapolate, by yourself the logical conclusion from the revelation that the Republicans are the “STUPID” party but I think I should continue to be deliberate in my observations and explanations.

When you have two choices and one of those choices is made known, the other choice becomes evident.  If the Republican Party is the Stupid Party then what does that make the Democrat Party, given that you have two choices, Evil and Stupid and Stupid is already taken?

The above conclusions obviously come from my perspective, and just to let you know, my perspective is always correct...Anyway, I like to think it is.  The reality is in how we form a perspective, how do we draw conclusions and quantify in our minds a resolution to the choices that are presented?

Am I moving too fast?  The answer to the question of how is in how we process the information we receive.   When we fail to seek out the best information our conclusions are tainted and perception of what is right or wrong is also mitigated by our lack of information.

Information is not the only measure of truth however.  Truth is imperative to understanding the information and being able to synthesize the often overwhelming amounts of information at our disposal.   Truth is the same, always.  Truth is the same yesterday, today and forever.  It does not remain the same then it is not “TRUTH”.

The often heard statement of “my truth is different than your truth” defies logic and destroys the very essence of truth and our search for those elusive principles. 

The point I am trying to make is that even though we have to opposing parties vying for our support the above statement that one is evil and the other stupid has to be defined based on the act, the policies and the practices of those parties, not solely on how the MEDIA presents the information you receive. 

I accept that the Republicans are monumentally STUPID.  They have proved that moronic stupidity over and over again and continue to exhibit those tendencies, with no evidence of learning.

The Democratic party has shown that they are the party of EVIL.  They have proved it through their policies that drive the individual into definable and controllable groups.  Their constant hypocritical actions show us their intent to shelter themselves from the laws they impose on the rest of us.  Their debauchery and callous disregard for the individual overshadows their rhetoric of racial Justice and individual rights. They are Evil in their intent, in their programs and in their designs to circumvent JUSTICE…

Today we VOTE and even now those votes have been marginalized.  Your Vote is essential, Every vote is needed and every person needs to VOTE, but before you vote, Really think to yourself, which of the two parties is EVIL or STUPID and which would you rather have leading your life?  

When trying to decide which way to vote, think not about the party but the man, who is the best able to give you the freedoms and liberties promised by our Constitution….I should have left that last part out...What’s the Constitution have to do with it?