I have noticed a growing trend - characterized by the word "jank" - to disregard as trash anyone who is thinking for themselves or trying to figure
out how things work so that they can create their own worlds through critical thinking.
Instead, what is popular is to use the internet in order to find the answers, which are then handed to you, and most of the time any of the
fundamentals of how
that answer got there are lost - in the worst cases, people refuse to even believe that there is
a method behind the
This argument was passed around ages ago when people stopped learning to calculate math by hand and started using calculators instead - of course, I
never had a calculator, even through my math and physics majors in college - I had to borrow one on rare occasions.
But at this point, we are talking about people not even practicing critical thinking in their daily lives, and there is honestly hostility towards
people who do.
I am talking about this occurring to the extent of, well, let's say someone wants to subscribe to a newspaper from the next town over. They honestly
don't think it's possible unless they can find an example of someone having done it on the net, or their neighbors are already doing it. I don't even
think it occurs to them to try figuring it out themselves.
So let's say that I, in my characteristic fashion, decide to simply call the newspaper office to get that paper, I Will get a lot of # from people
saying "It's not possible! No one's doing it! Why are you doing that?" as if it is some kind of High Crime to think for myself.
Well, here's a news flash, people have thought for themselves for the past tens of thousands of years and it never hurt anybody. I'm just wondering if
anyone else is coming across this.
There is even a new vocabulary word, "Jank," that is used to describe someone in a derogatory manner who has left the "Meta" (in other words, the
EXTREMELY totalitarian set of expectations on how to act).
So we are talking about a new set of, popular, I might add, vocabulary words to describe the phenomenon I'm noticing. Where did it originate? Most
certainly from the internet, which is a place where the critical thinking is done, I suppose.
Besides the fact that the current social environment seems hostile towards any kind of legitimate expression, a bigger problem occurs when one of two
1) A situation arises requiring critical thinking in order to solve a *new* problem on the spot, without using prior protocols (most of the time I see
people just passive-aggressively quit at this point, as if it is the job of the Lord of Protocols to solve the problem, and not theirs)
2) The protocols are not up to par with the critical thinking skills of the worker, who then has one hell of a time explaining him or
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