originally posted by: LS650
Why don't people get more pissed off, more often?
What's the use in getting angry? Have you ever known a situation where reacting in an angry manner has actually helped? I haven't. Getting
"pissed off" usually tends to amp up the negative nature of the situation, whatever it might be, and only make things worse.
A better reaction is to stay calm, and concentrate on trying to make positive change where you can, while knowing that there are some things you
can't alter, whether you are positive or negative about it.
This is the best piece of advice I'm seen on this subject.
Getting pissed/anrgy turns off the brain and a large portion of the 'media' we are constantly bombarded with is designed (need better word - more
like spun or crafted) to provoke feelings of anger so that we common people don't think about any given issue we just react to it in the manner of
I agree that food and flouride play a part in 'dumbing down'. I think that not having an at-home parent (due to economic need) is a part of it.
There are two primary things I think have driven this apathy over the last 40 years (and I'll refrain from getting into the policies that have driven
One is the systematic distruction of the public school system. It is in school that we learn to get along with others, learned a shared (if not
always accurate) history, learn basic science and math, and most importantly critical reading, thinking and writing skills. The last forty years the
system has been tested, underfunded, and polititized into little more then holding pens for children while their parents attend to the business of
making money to survive.
This eduction in the public shool was modified and extended by the family at home. Top dinner conversation was about what you had learned that day
and how it fit or did not fit with your family's values and goals. You heard two sides to the conversation, not one.
Which brings me to point two:
Media consolidation and the lost of news independance. During the sixties, the news was, by law (regulation actually) run independently from it's
parent organization as a PUBLIC SERVICE. In order to get a FCC licence media outlets where required to allow their news departments editorial
independence. There was also the FAIRNESS DOCTRINE that required all commentary and analysis to present both sides of an issue.
Not so surprising is the fact that it was difficult to find (easily) online sources for the above (I'm not all that good at finding the best online
sources and certain search engines only provide paid-for or current results whatever your search - see "The Filter Bubble" by Eli Pariser) so Wiki
My trouble with finding good sources on the News issues is an example of how the internet has contributed to both the demise of public education and
critical thinking and how the media reinforces 'dumbing down'. If you search for information and only find what a search engine (no fairness
doctrine required) wants to show you - how can you educate yourself on important matters.
One - Education - independent, teacher-led education.
Two - Independent News
and a whole slew of money from special interests (remember the 501(c)s are considered by the IRS as 'educational non-profits')
Ultimately, the blames lies with each and everyone of us. I choose to live in my delusional fantasy land more then the real world, I've been
conditioned to the quick fix of media, I need that hit of violence from TV and the News, I need that anger that LS250 mentioned. And only I can back
off from it and think and act calmly because that is what is required.