Thursday, July 28, 2011
The Future is Probably Fucked
I've talked a lot about how education has been extremely lacking and that we need to fix it. I don't think anyone argues that education 60 years ago actually meant something. A friend of mine showed me an 8th grade civics exam from 1954, and as knowledgeable as I am about politics and government, I would have failed miserably at age 27, let alone at age 14.
College used to mean something, too; it was actually considered to be a true accomplishment at one point. The scholars of old would weep if they were alive to see that colleges in the U.S. are classified in three ways: party schools, sports schools, or actual academic institutions. As one of my professors told me "today you poor bastards are only exposed to college lite."
As an example, a good friend of mine graduated with a degree in political science from Ohio State University. For those of you who don't know, OSU's political science program is ranked 4th in the *world*. It's only bested by the likes of Harvard, Columbia, and Cambridge. If I were to ask my friend, however, to explain to me the origins and evolution of republican theory, he'd draw a blank.
Here's where the irony begins.
The generations preceding mine were probably smarter, better read, and more intellectually developed. For all of that education and intellectual development, the previous generations still managed to fuck everything up and ruin the world. They are intolerant of damn near anything that is different (we're talking about a generation that was okay with Jim Crow for nearly 100 years), and they were perfectly content to create artificial constructs that my generation, and that of my children, will have to pay for.
On the flip-side, my generation is generally less informed and intellectually developed than our predecessors. We have our strengths, though. We're generally more tolerant of diversity and non-traditional lifestyles which makes us less bigoted, and we're considered to be frugal, fiscally responsible. Because American education has declined ever since the late 50's, though, my generation as a whole is intellectually less capable of doing anything great.
The irony is that a generation of smart people fucked everything up, and now they expect a generation of dumbasses to fix it all.
My generation is tolerant of different cultures and peoples, we understand that the whole debt thing is asinine and that it's better to save your money than to always buy on credit, yet as a whole we don't have the intellectual chops to implement those ideas. We have to wait for all the previous generations to die and phase out of government, but since we've been so stunted in our intellectual growth, can we even move humanity foreward to a less asinine world?
That's why the future is likely fucked. We have a metric fuck-ton of problems that most people my age will not be equipped to fix once we start taking over government. Right now, America is stuck in the mindset of previous generations, and because my generation is apparently functionally retarded, we can't move people foreward. The history of ideas is one of progression, of change. It's one in which humanity has come to a fuller realization of what liberty and justice mean. Now it appears that we've stood still.
That's the whole point of Christian Fearing God-Man: to move foreward instead of remaining politically and ideologically stagnant. I can't understand why people are so adamant about sticking to ideas that have failed, time and again, throughout history. Why do we want another Gilded Age as if that is somehow going to make life better for the average Joe? Why do we want to give the government greater power and create a socialist paradise when so many socialist experiments have failed miserably?
I don't count myself among the retarded members of my generation, but rather as one of the lucky few who were fortunate enough to get a very good education (I went to Catholic school). My heart weeps because men like me would prefer to stay out of the Three-Ring Circus that is American politics, but men like me also know that because we stay out we'll have to put up with idiots.
As Gandalf said "there was never much hope--just a fool's hope." I shudder to think what's in store for my children's generation.