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When people in The United States say they’re proud to be American, all too often they exclude the rest of North America. In fact, many of the proudest “Americans” want to take up arms and prevent other people from North America from crossing the borders into The United States. The vast majority of these proud “Americans” are white, meaning their family originally came from Europe. Before European immigration began in the New World, the Native Americans lived on the land, but it seems some of the proud white imported “Americans” never learned that in school. And as each new wave of Europeans arrived to the New World, the previous lot resented the intrusion of the next. To them, it was fine that people from their own boat landed here, but certainly not for the next boatload. This hypocrisy seems to be lost on those incapable of understanding the true nature of what it means to be American. Gracing the Statue of Liberty are the following words, for instance:
“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
The United States school system these days is often a tedious process of being dumbed down to become more manageable. The conservative Texas board of education has been seeing to that, removing challenging words from the textbooks and striving to eliminate the teaching of higher thought processes such as critical thinking. Underachieving students even threaten superior students. The insult “college boy” may have fallen out of fashion, but hostility toward academic excellence has never faded. As Isaac Asimov wrote:
“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'”
There is an inverse relationship between how much one knows versus how much one thinks they know, that the smartest people realize just how much more there is to learn, while the dumbest think they know everything. This phenomenon is explained by Wikipedia:
The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias manifesting in unskilled individuals suffering from illusory superiority, mistakenly rating their ability much higher than is accurate. This bias is attributed to a metacognitive inability of the unskilled to recognize their
Dunning and Kruger proposed that, for a given skill, incompetent people will:
- tend to overestimate their own level of skill;
- fail to recognize genuine skill in others;
- fail to recognize the extremity of their inadequacy;
- do recognize and acknowledge their own previous lack of skill, if they are exposed to training for that skill.
Although the Dunning–Kruger effect was put forward in 1999, Dunning and Kruger have noted similar historical observations from philosophers and scientists, including Confucius (“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.”), Bertrand Russell (“One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision”, see Wikiquote), and Charles Darwin, whom they quoted in their original paper (“ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge”).
These so-called proud white “Americans” tend to identify as conservatives. Meanwhile, brain studies also finding that conservative brains are wired differently than normal brains, with an enlarged fear center and smaller critical thinking center. The cause for these structural differences is due to the high stress levels of the expectant mother, from, say, an abusive husband or otherwise hostile environment. This is a case where nurture directly affects nature in that age old argument. Being internal differences, they’re not as readily noticeable as the effects of drugs such as alcohol and tobacco on a fetus, but are just as significant given the big picture.
Undereducated, fearful people who haven’t learned how to analyze information are ripe for the picking when it comes to con artists, and one of the most recent successful scams is Young Earth, reintroduced to The United States in the 1960s at a time when kids were so hopped up on drugs they’d believe almost anything. To hear Creationists tell the story, Earth was created at 9am October 22nd 4004 BC, an absurd notion to any intelligent person, which is why Creationsts are predominantly those with very little education. One of the leaders behind the lie of Creationism is a white Australian man named Ken Ham. White people in Australia, in case the schools failed to mention it, were originally criminals shipped from Great Britain. Australia was a penal colony, and as prisons have demonstrated, they’re essentially crime schools where thugs learn how better to hurt other people.
But holding onto beliefs such as religious conviction is a deep part of human nature, and rectifying the situation can be a painful experience. Take the child who believes in Santa Claus because everyone around them lied about his existence to further the multi-billion dollar business venture. There will come a time when the truth finally sinks in, and it is usually accompanied by sobbing tears and deep feelings of betrayal. This process is a part of cognitive dissonance, and can also be found in people who’ve been suckered into pyramid schemes and other scams. Once they have vested interest in something, they desperately want to hold onto the feeling that they made the right decision. And the more they defend their decision, the harder it becomes to correct the error of their ways.
A popular fiction book notes that Satan/Lucifer advertises, and the success of advertising is exemplified by the diamond industry guilt tripping men into purchasing the worthless pieces of hardened carbon for their sexual partners. Nicky Oppenheimer, De Beers’s chairman, even admitted that “diamonds are intrinsically worthless, except for the deep psychological need they fill”. Plus they use slave labor to mine the rocks, so that can’t be good. But in the minds of many undereducated, fearful people, slavery is just another part of life.
The United States has been called The Great Satan for good reason, and an inspection of its political history demonstrates its corruption. Government leaders have lied to their citizens countless times to rally them into waging wars. And organizations that process children have helped foster the foundations upon which to build the Big Lie, as the Nazis referred to it. Nazi fascism never ended after World War Two: their logo just changed from Hitler’s swastika to Disney’s Mickey Mouse ears. Many people in Hollywood including Walt Disney were active members of the American Nazi party, and after the war Walt hired Nazis including medical monster Heinz Haber who helped brainwash society into welcoming nuclear power. Having witnessed organized crimes against children at a Disney theme park because I held my breath to remain unaffected by the gas, the number of their brainwashed victims must be in the millions. One of the crimes involved stealing a tissue sample. It’s no wonder the U.S. Department of Defense took a special interest in me when I started researching the century old technology of cloning. Until 1997, pretty much the only people who knew about it were experimental embryologists, ranchers, and the most dangerous criminals on the planet.
And this is such a small planet upon which we all must live. It’s truly unfortunate that in the thousands of years of historical record, people still haven’t learned to get along. The funny part is how advanced cybernetics has become since the hippies of the 1960s failed to notice it in news. Jesus wasn’t the only futurist predicting the day that the last will be the first to enter the kingdom of Heaven. So I hope you’ve been nice, because if you’re on Santa’s naughty list, you’re in for a world of hurt.
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