The Age of Benightedness

Sometimes it seems that the world is running in reverse gear. The search for knowledge and improvement, as a species, grinding to a halt. Meanwhile, old-fashioned beliefs are coming back to the fore.

Whether it be the return to religious fundamentalism, isolationism or authoritarian rule, there is a movement happening. It is a small movement, for now, but is has a wide appeal.

In the West, people call it populism, but doesn’t every politician wish to be popular? Doesn’t populism just mean pandering? Pandering to the masses. But the problem is, where do the masses get their information from? Can their opinions be trusted? Now this isn’t me calling people stupid, but there is a mass of misinformation out there. None of us are immune, we must be on our guard.

Whatever you may think of countries, and regimes, such as China and Russia, they are run by intelligent people. These people know what they want, and how to get it. Unfortunately other countries, like The United Kingdom and The United States of America, are not quite so organised. Pandering to popular attitudes and fears is at the root of both countries problems.

Britain went for Brexit, with no clear plan of how to achieve it. Now it is floundering, not wishing to reverse course, but just circling the waters, seemingly hoping to run into an idea or solution.

Meanwhile, in America, chaos reigns. A powerful country run by, what? Opinion is split as to whether he is stupid, senile or both. Certainly he is totally lacking in understanding, both of policy and people. A man with no heart, who believes he is the boss and everyone should jump.

So, what do we do? We can all fight our own corner, stand up to ignorance and abhorent ideas. Welcome enquiry and suspicion. Think, before the monsters creep up behind us and it is too late.

© Neil Hayes and neilsworldofenglish

via Daily Prompt: Enlighten

With Me or Against Me

We live in a binary world. We worry that technology is taking over, but that isn’t my real worry. It is simply that every thought, every opinion seems to be a 1 or a 0. You’re with me or against me. You don’t agree with me? Then you must agree with my enemy. You must be my enemy. There must be something more, something more elastic, some movement of thought.

Does anyone even change their opinion anymore? Hear an argument and think, actually??? Maybe… They could be right!

We shouldn’t blame technology for this. We choose the tools, our information sources and the platforms to spread  our thoughts. We decide if instant gratification, an instant hit is what we need. We can’t fool ourselves that there is no time for more, there is, we just have to use it better. And think.

© Neil Hayes and neilsworldofenglish

via Daily Prompt: Superficial

Information Overload

You can never have too much information, right? Information means education, that’s knowledge, right? But, currently it seems it is possible to have too much information. Because, after all, information does not have to be true. It is just a message, it is up to us to decide if we trust the messenger. Politicians stand up and lie, repeatedly, and go unchallenged. People share what they have heard, and the word is spread.

But, how do we know? After all, we can’t all be experts in every field. We have to think, look at where the information has come from. If you live in America, and the website you are reading is covered in patriotic memorabilia, you can be pretty sure there will be a bias to a certain point of view. Maybe you share many of those views, but you should still be aware of the bias and not just let your views be confirmed. I feel that the liberal media is much more honest, but I still have to think about what I hear and not blindly accept it. 

We all must be aware that every person has some individual bias. After all, we are all products of our environments, we all want to believe that our peers and our friends are good, honest people. And they probably are, but it doesn’t mean they are right. 

Daily Prompt: Volume

© Neil Hayes and neilsworldofenglish