There are plenty of catch phrases and great quotes regarding avoiding media channels where people won’t watch television, or read the news, or even open a book for whatever reason their brain tells them not to do it. The result is that an entire realm of understanding is lost simply because they are unwilling to learn it. In American society, for example, it is common for people to refuse to discuss politics, religion, and family. And so they never learn about politics, religion, and family in terms other than what a child can understand.
Meanwhile, there are some people — too few — that crave learning, and try to study as much about everything as possible. So many of the things these educated people learn, the cloistered people have never heard about. And when the two meet, it makes for such a funny show since the educated can predict how the uneducated will respond.
YOU DON’T KNOW ME! is one such response made popular by Jerry Springer during the early 1990s. The educated people at the time knew instinctively that the next wave would be WHO’S MY BABY DADDY?! A simple 1+1 equation that eludes the mind of the uneducated. In addition to unplanned pregnancies, it also explains so-called hard drug addiction.
A common indicator of ignorance is calling someone a “looser” [sic]. It’s like they want to wear the dunce cap… are proud to wear the dunce cap. The derogatory term “college boy” demonstrates this phenomenon of the uneducated hating the educated. Another common uneducated response is to automatically assume someone must be crazy for talking about things they’ve never heard of. And even when given the perfect opportunity to learn about it, still refuse the education. Ignorance is bliss is their mantra. And at the risk of using an outdated idiom, “What does this have to do with the price of tea in China?” the uneducated have this utter lack of understanding that what affects one person, affects all people, in a kind of butterfly effect.
This being said, I would love to start rambling off the histories of numerous technologies and other sciences that 99.9% of society is completely clueless about, but unfortunately, to do so, tends to scare the uneducated for in their quest to remain ignorant, they’ve never learned the coping skills to deal with the real world, just their itty bitty, teeny tiny slice of it.
People automatically assume that every thought in their head must be their own. Fact is, that thought required first having someone else instill the language of that thought in their mind, that they previously acquired the tone of that that thought from previous learning experiences, and that in many instances, their thought is a conditioned response to a stimulus they may have long forgotten.