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Dumbed down, deformed and dangerous

Have a look at this video. If you were wondering how the powers that be managed to get America this far down the path to eternal Imperial War get the answer here. On the list of who we should invade next according to the 30% who support future wars are: France, North Korea, Iran, Italy, Cuba, Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Canada, Saudi Arabia and the Middle East.

And they all point to Australia on the interviewer's "fake" map. The level of education or the lack of it is a tell all. Which reminded me of a recent article by Matt James: Little Machurian Candidates. In the article Matt describes the torture and brainwashing that constitutes the American school system today. He records the experiences of his own child and goes on to discuss the problems inherent in curricula that promote alienation, fear and lack of trust and confidence:
I was curious about the crying. Jenny was such a happy child. I asked her that night what made her sad at school. Expecting to hear about something on the playground, I was surprised by her answer. The listening-hour stories made her sad:

Once upon a time there was a daddy duck with seven ducklings. They ranged in age down to the youngest (who reminded Jenny of a first grader). The daddy was mean. One day he demanded that all his children learn three tasks, such as running, swimming, and diving. If a duckling was unable to master all of the tasks, he would be banished from the family to live with the chickens. The youngsters struggled under the cruel eye of their father. When it came to diving, the first grader floundered and was sent away to live with the chickens.[snip]

I was determined to get to the bottom of things. Since they didn't send books home with students in the younger grades, I went to the school the following day and spent a couple of hours reviewing the elementary readers. As I read, my eyes opened wider and wider. I had assumed the purpose of the reading curriculum was to stimulate the juvenile imagination and teach reading skills. Instead, I saw material saturated with, to borrow another parent's language, "an unadvertised agenda promoting parental alienation, loss of identity and self-confidence, group-dependence, passivity, and anti-intellectualism." [snip]

The stories in the readers consistently associated individual initiative with emotional or physical pain. Consider the example of the little squirrel whose wheel falls off his wagon. When he tries to replace it, the wagon rides with an awkward and embarrassing bump, noticeable to his friends, who then tease him about it. Another attempt to repair the wheel results in an accident, with bruising and bleeding and more humiliation. The cumulative effect of this and similar story lines, given the vicarious nature of the reading experience, would be to discourage initiative and reduce self-confidence in the first grader.

Animal dads, moms, and grandparents were portrayed over and over in various combinations as mean, stupid, unreliable, bungling, impotent or incompetent. Relationships with their children were almost always dysfunctional; communication and reciprocal trust were non-existent. A toxic mom or dad, for instance, might have stepped in to help our youthful squirrel repair his wagon, only to make matters worse and wreak emotional havoc in the process. Jenny's heart would be lacerated by stories which constantly portrayed parent/child relationships as strained, cruel, or distant. I could see her crying with hurt or frustration. [snip]

The following "story" and "comprehension" questions are representative of the anti-intellectualism that I found in the readers:

Once upon a time there was a little green mouse who hopped after a tiger onto a yellow airplane. The plane turned into a big red bird in flight, and the mouse turned into a blue pumpkin. The pumpkin fell to the ground and its seeds grew into pots and pans. Blah, blah, blah

1) "What color was the mouse?"

2) "Why do mice turn into pumpkins?"

3) "How do seeds grow?"

I can see children getting frustrated over material like this. It is debatable as to which facet of the exercise is more onerous, the reading or the "comprehension." I almost incline to the latter. Among other concerns, I wonder if it is a good thing to pressure children to respond to stupid or unanswerable questions. Such a process would lead to passivity and a loss of confidence, to a little engine that couldn't.
If stories like that of the little squirrel are what our children are being taught, if they recognize the fear and humiliation the squirrel is put through, if they are not told of other more dignified, more caring, more human patterns of behaviour, who will they identify with? The brutes. The ones who deride, abuse and humiliate others. This is how our school system creates monsters and sociopaths.

And the little engine that couldn't, what does it do when parents fail, friends, family, school, society, the world fails and it finds itself drenched in the sweat of innumerable fears and threats? It finds solace in the Big Leader with the Big Stick.


The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America

[Hattip: WRH]


At Saturday, March 11, 2006, Blogger vper1 said...

I think the big mistake in schools is trying to teach children anything, and by using fear as the basic motivation. Fear of getting failing grades, fear of not staying with your class, etc. Interest can produce learning on a scale compared to fear as a nuclear explosion to a firecracker.

Stanley Kubrick

At Saturday, March 11, 2006, Blogger qrswave said...

great quote, vper1. no doubt fear eventually paralyzes as it overwhelms you, whereas interest motivates through inspiration which is boundless.

Also, the relentless moral degradation, and promotion of senseless and useless self-esteem grounded in selfish narcissism (in school and on tv) is a major factor in the STEEP decline of both Americans' ability to learn and their ability to interact and share with one another productively.

At Saturday, March 11, 2006, Blogger Confessions of a Malamute said...

Did anyone notice in the video that the countries names had been redone ? They were putting the flags on Australia which had been renamed to other countries names...

As for the education system. Its a joke, but one that has been deliberately fabricated. An ignorant population is easier to control and manipulate. Such a waste of potential. We are selling our children’s intelligence and in return we get sheeple. Today’s youth don't know and they don't care that they don't know.

How we live is unsustainable. Overpopulation, destruction of the environment, pollution… The system is going to crash. Its not a matter of if but when. Makes me glad I live near the forest – less than 100m from the tree line in fact. I’ve lived in the forest before. Did the Zen thing, chop wood, haul water. I survived and indeed thrived out there for a year and prefer it to “civilization”. Most people wouldn’t make it past their first season. The time is coming when what we have will be destroyed by our own misuse abuse and neglect. That day will be an ugly one for us all.

So what can be done about it ? Educate yourself. Years ago I read something I considered quite wise. It was in a public toilet of all places, but wisdom knows no boundaries. It said quite simply

“I wouldn’t be surprised if the earth got up and left us nothing to stand on but that which we have stood for up until now”

What do you stand for ? What do you wink at ? What are you doing to educate yourself and learn what you need so that you are capable of taking care of yourself and those you love ? Don't let me do it. Don't let the government do it. As soon as you have power you have corruption. And once you allow power, power will seek to expand itself out of all proportion. Be responsible for yourself. That is be able to respond to events around you in a way that permits you yourself to take care of yourself. Don't rely on government to save you. They're not on your side. They're on their side.

At Saturday, March 11, 2006, Blogger vper1 said...

Did the Zen thing, chop wood, haul water. I survived and indeed thrived out there for a year and prefer it to “civilization”.

Confessions that is quite admirable! Whereabouts are you? I may like to join you when the time comes.

At Saturday, March 11, 2006, Anonymous romunov said...

It would be interesting to note how many people they interviewed altogether. Because if they did like 200 (and suppose the rest got at least the map right), the result isn't that bad. :D

At Saturday, March 11, 2006, Blogger qrswave said...

romunov, the ratios don't really matter. The fact that ANY adult can point to a map that has Australia labeled as Iran or France and not notice is pretty darn alarming.

confessions, thanks for drawing attention to that; makes their ignorance all the more startling.

I agree that people ought to be self-reliant. But, I don't think that that's the solution to our problems.

Invariably, there are going to be people that depend on other people. But, the dependence is mutual, and the benefits should be too. Currently, benefits are all siphoned from the masses to a small group of people.

So, the real solution lies in discovering principles that allow us to co-exist with eachother and the planet in a manner that exploits neither (eachother or the planet).

At Saturday, March 11, 2006, Blogger Confessions of a Malamute said...

I’m currently on a island off the west coast of Canada. Not quite the middle of no where but got a good view of it from my front window.... ;-) And ya Vper1 come on up. I have no objections to decent people being here. Its very pretty here on the coast and not freezing like it is inland.

I’m actually looking for a place to build a cabin again. Hard to find a good spot. Need to be far enough away from civilization that your cabin doesn’t get found but close enough to get basic supplies. I was able to survive on around 200CDN$ a month last time I did it. Sadly I think that our society is toxic for us. Out there in the forest everything is different. Time is different. Its day time its night time. You’re hungry you eat, you’re tired you sleep. You become more creative inventive and you’re more relaxed. When I came out of the bush the thing that got me the most was the noise. Even on the quietest nights there was always a background hum. I likened it to an auditory rape. As in you're overwhelmed by a nonstop buzz that doesn't go away. Drove me to distraction till I relearned to tune it out. I'm tired of stories of dead babies and death and destruction. I'm tired of a society that eats its own. Doesn't have to be this way, but wont change till there is a major crash. I don't wanna be around for that. I can live without the pointless trappings that we call the consumer lifestyle. Its smoke and noise and does nothing to improve my soul.

At Saturday, March 11, 2006, Anonymous Mighty Thor said...

Qrswave, u make me sick.

Problem is a disease of oganism--u call urself scientist? Okay, so u solve the problem medically. Isn't it interesting at one time u Muslims actually led the world in medicine? Westerners pilgimaged to ur domains to learn ur science--is that astounding?

So Qrswave, I merely suggest an alternative medicine to ur decrepit witch-doctory: see the (cultural) problem for what it is--Judaic subjectivism and putridity of cultural levels, mentally (which seems to be too contagious in ur case).

Western Christians for one thing must lose their stupidity--for example, the heresy of "Judeo-Christianity" (JC). On another blog, I suggest how this is done--rather like losing an addiction that isn't doing u any good, like smoking or drinking in excessive, massive quantities. JCs should also lower their levels of depleted uranium in the blood. And, for another example, one can be a queer, but hey, that's only for the real dumb ones, satisfied with mere sense-gratification, a malady known to human cultures, anthropologically, I presume.

Jews get this ability to kill gentiles by "Jews"-media, for one part of the conspiracy-matrix--and this then is provided by Fed counterfeiting fraud (Federal Reserve Bank).

So contrary to ur witch-doctory, dear "qrswave," again, I urge people, especially Christians to INCREASE levels of antisemitism--resistance to the Jew-disease and thus the Judeo-"Sadducean" conspiracy behind the Fed (see JBS.org). Pls see other essays on related topics by the renowned "Apollonian" at NewNation.org, under "commentary." Thanks, Thor

At Saturday, March 11, 2006, Blogger qrswave said...

Thor, u fail to say why I make you sick. "Thus u lack for ... information, actually."

At Saturday, March 11, 2006, Anonymous Mighty Thor said...

Okay: take ur last paragraph previous post at 401 PM: these principles are quite well known, actually. Problem is it requires reason hence objective reality in accord with Christianity (Gosp. JOHN 8:44) and presumably with Islam, strictly understood--against Judaism-Talmudism. Yes, of course this subjectivism also exists within gentile culture Christian and Muslim.

What is required then is return to objectivistic principles of the two prospectively healthy cultures now afflicted sorely.

U make it too mysterious, hence subjective, hence accommodating to Jew-disease and Judeo-"Sadducean" conspiracy complex-matrix BUILT UPON THE FED, but founded abstractly upon cultural delusions like "morality," this falsely founded in subjectivism, against health and survival.

So I guess the "sickness" is this subjectivity then put in terms so filled with platitudes and even inaccuracy fm such as u fm a once great culture (but I guess one could say same for Western Christianity, eh?).

Thanks for all ur commentary and outstanding blogging efforts--this is all informational, I contend. Thor

At Saturday, March 11, 2006, Blogger Akber said...

mighty thor,

Sorry to disappoint you: but the past does not exist, so we can never go to the past. Whether it is the Muslims trying to go back, or the Zionists, or the neo-Nazis, or Christian fundamentalists, the past is a record - not a reality.

History is just an approximation of events that were caused by the realists of that time, as observed through the eyes of someone who was not the protagonist. To live in history is delusional.

What are your suggestions for the way forward, going forward from where we find ourselves today?

Had there been no Jews, there would be no Christianity. Ever thought about that? Do you not watch a movie whose director/producer is a Jew, or take a drug whose researchers was a Jew? Also, FYI, the Talmudic Jews are few and far between - I may stand corrected on this, but this is what I have observed.

Do not blame your inadequacies on others. That having been said, extremism leads to opression:

1. Jewish extremism leading to Zionism
2. Muslim extremism leading to salfism.
3. Christian extremism leading to "creationism", support for Zionism, and insanely bringing GWB into power and voting for him - and the US Christian Coalition actually using US military to bring about their interpretation of the Bible.

Now you tell me who is the scariest?

At Saturday, March 11, 2006, Blogger arno said...

Who cares? "Hell is the others." anyway...

Jean-Paul Sartre

Ignorance is bliss. Do not read books. Watch TV. Lots of it.

At Sunday, March 12, 2006, Anonymous Mighty Thor said...

Thanks much to "Akber" for all commentary. But Akber u're not on same page as "qrswave" and me: we're observing and noting about the very metaphysics, hence psychology of Jews who cannot stand an OBJECTIVE universe as of Aristotle, for example.

And Akber, yes I note ur witty remarks about history, as u pretend to put words in my mouth. History is how reality happens, like in cycles and waves. Further note it is history which gives us evidence for the process of logic as conclusions have their history in premises, no?

We white Christians must have absolute supremacy in our land; we want most EXTREME CHRISTIANITY NECESSARY FOR SECURITY. It's too self-serving for a Muslim or non-Christian like u to recommend we not have such absolute security for our Christian culture, this even at expense of ur Muslim, sorry.

It's u, Akber, who must use common sense for which there will be no negotiations. Qrswave understands this issue OBJECTIVITY, honesty, reason, etc. VERSUS JUDAIC-TALMUDIC SUBJECTIVITY. This is basic for the culture whence the Federal Reserve Bank is fraud (counterfeiting) built upon such subjectivity, chaos, and rule of fascist law and dictatorship, tyranny, and oppression--JEWS.

Finally brother Akber, if u know anything, u should and must know all Jews are Talmudic by definition. U, Akber, still need to get as much a clue about history as ur colleague, qrswave.

If Spengler's "Decline of the West" is to conclude in favor of reason, objectivity, and white, Western culture, we need a resurgence of OBJECTIVITY against Judaic-"Sadducean" subjectivity, hystericism, narcissism, fascism, and rule of dictatorship and tyranny NOT LAW. Honest elections and death to the Fed. Thor


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