Education of people on the planet, the level of thought has went down to first degree, and second, third and grand master chess is rare.
The Loss of Intellectuals in Western Culture
There have been many centers of the planet, maybe Rome, then France, then England, then New York, then Los Angeles. The wannna be intellectuals needed to go and live in these locations, whereby they could associate with other wanna-be intelligent people.
In the last 10 years, maybe all the geese started to fly the wrong way, and it is hard to find intelligence. I am not sure, University Professors now want to tweet, and become superstars on Facebook, pop Science has taken over, and real scientist are in hiding. The History Channel produced a special Obama version of the History of Us, America.
Intellectuals used to travel anywhere, and everywhere of interest, now they believe it must be of interest to Twitter and Facebook, or not of interest, quite an interesting world we live in.
When Marco Polo wrote of China, the Eastern cultures believed the Western ones to be barbarians, and the West reciprocated. Most cultures look at Africa as being the stupid child, Central and South America as nice places to visit, but not to be taken seriously. And, nobody is sure what to do with Russia, but sending men into space is hard to deny, or ignore.
Everyone is jealous of Israel, that is obvious, or should I clarify, Jewish.
Arabic cultures are good for goats, and point at ancient history, and it stand to reason, that Indian with a billion people should be able to spurt something out this old British Colony.
Presently, the world believes the smartest people on the planet learn and speak English, but for odd reasons French is the official language of the United Nations. If you want to impress me, start speaking fluent Arabic, or Russian. Chinese means to me, you want money, more of I want to talk with the factory language.
I see the word “Intellectual” as a chase word, you can prod at it, use it in a sentence, and intellectually I accept it means little. It is just my pompous, pretentious, preposterous desire to stop talking with stupid people.
If I look smart enough, rich enough, sometimes odd enough, the simple, stupid, and poor will leave me in peace. The sure fire sign of someone who wants intellectual superiority is the use or words. Generally instead of using the common layman’s words, the wanna-be use barrier words.
Pontificate, equivocate, creators of cognitive dissonance, and they never explain or define the words they know you do not understand. We can use words to keep the low esteemed people away, and try to be special.
Many wanna-be’s see turn to Buddhism, and label themselves as Buddhist, as if that alone separates them, somehow rising above. When this word is brought up, I look the other way, so my body language is hidden.
The sure fire way to be label an intellectual is to say,
“We have a think tank.”
Ok, I have rambled enough and twistingly provoked you to look at the word intellectual with different lighting. When the USA was founded, there were people like Thomas Jefferson; maybe there was the people who can read, and those who put their mark on the paper.
I am in Africa today, and this tells the world I am stupid, I am positive that if I was in Los Angeles, or Tokyo, or for the truly wanna be set, in Dubai, I would be considered smart.
I believe the “Developed Countries” are becoming inhabited by mental midgets, not realizing that in these days we live, to depend on human face to face communication, the need to hang around in coffee shops, clubs, conferences, or trade shows is a way of being an Intellectual in the times of Roman culture.
We can all be out seeing the world, and accept, just because we hangout with smart people, does not mean we are smart, it could mean the opposite. Going to places that everyone knows, is not curiosity, it is singing to the choir, it is cliché.
The Western Culture is on the slippery slope down, like a rich professor who stopped reading the journals after getting tenure, and writing a book.
There was a statement about Americans have the right to be stupid the other day. Considering it was by a top politician I believe he's right because some of the stupidest people in the U S are politicians.
It's sad when we look at our education system today, students starting out at 1st grade and even before that are on the computer with Twitter, FaceBook, Texting, etc and are not learning to spell, write proper sentences, even speak properly.
There are students in college who skate through on "Mickey Mouse" majors who then wonder why upon graduation they cannot find good jobs, some go in and come out unable to read, generally these are athletes.
I have met top business and political people (back when I worked) who were not the brightest lights in the room.
when traveling I still come across the typical "ugly American" and Canadian, English, Japanese, etc. You happen to have a conversation with them and they brag about their money, their toys, their great jobs and their superb education but have no common sense are rude and crude.
I do not consider myself an intellectual by definition but I have learned to be courteous, friendly, speak clearly and on subjects I have an understanding of, I also have learned to keep my ego in check as we all have one and especially to have some amount of common sense.
Think Tanks, why do we always read about these wonderful institutions and what great work they are doing, all their accomplishments, solutions to so many basic and difficult problems, yet our education system, economy, social status, political system, business, etc seem not be doing very well. They seldom if ever show or speak of what they are working on or what their final results are to the public.
Many of these "tanks" are tax funded and the title seems appropriate as they isolate themselves in tanks.
First after the Second World War Germany rose out of the ashes, then Japan to surpass us in many ways now Russia has done some but China is doing it and India is on the verge while we are still important we are losing ground more and more every day.
But that's OK because one of our bright, successful politicians has said "we have the right to be stupid." My idol, I must be sure to vote for him next time. Oh, I'm sorry to vote would defeat being stupid so I won't do that.
Oh well, maybe I can go twitter or twiddle my thumbs for the rest of the day or at best play violent computer games against 8 and 9 year olds and teen agers and lose.
L O L !!