I waited a few weeks to distance myself from the usual “commentary” about the election.
Don’t expect me to be defending anyone, candidate or voters. Instead my sorrow is from how the discussion has been taking place. It has taken this election to solidify what I have feared for some time. As a nation, we no longer know how to think or present and defend a point of view.
Maybe it is our “minute” culture. Real discussion and advanced thought cannot happen in a tweet. Nor can “reply” after “reply” actually substitute for genuine face to face discussion. But honestly I think it is more than technology which has “softened” the American brain. Here are a few quick thoughts on what I think has brought us to this point:
- Schools no longer promote discussion and discourse. Instead they indoctrinate. Remember the cults from the 70’s. They all discouraged discourse and instead indoctrinated. In a way, our school children are now all apart of one big giant cult. Seriously, just like those old cults, anyone who disagrees is vilified.
- We have promoted “feelings” to a new level where they now trump and real thought and reason.
- The academic and media elite attempt to humiliate, mock and dismiss anyone who does not agree with their liberal, progressive position. No matter where, at the school playground, the dinner table, or the public forum, when someone’s opinion is dismissed and not allowed to be part of a genuine discussion, reasoning itself ends.
- We would prefer to spend most of our time in mind numbing pursuits. Video games, music, endless sports, movies, any pursuit that does not engage the mind, all contribute to a softening of understanding and reasoning.
How can we stop the softening of our minds?
- Engage in real discussion which includes reasoning and critical thinking.
- Seek out and spend time with friends who like to “think” and “reason.”
- Expect education (especially HS, College and beyond) to only present one view – so seek out what they are not telling you.
- Never rely on the media to understand the dynamics of any situation. Find reliable sources.
- Understand that no amount of emotion makes your point or position correct. Be ready to back your assertion with well thought out and factually or Biblically backed reasons.
- Read your Bible and ask God to help you understand His worldview.
Just because many are “softening” their minds and no longer able to reason does not mean all of us have to succumb. I for one, refuse to be swept up and consumed by the popular culture. Come on – be a rebel!