a reply to: theNLBS
I LOVE IT!
This will become essential veiwing for me, without a doubt. I could not agree more with the way you dealt with pretty much all the topics covered in
the episode, and my flabber was completely ghasted by the segment you did on education.
The fact is that awareness begins with learning. History lessons may seem boring to some, but in order to properly appreciate history, one must first
desire to avoid mistakes that have already been made, and learning ones history is a vital part of the development of anyone who wishes to avoid those
pit traps already sprung. Of course, anyone who has read their history in a broad manner, will realise that in order to avoid those pitfalls, one must
abandon notions like greed, intolerance, ignorance, a reliance on the status quo.
History is the road map for the future, except where one ordinarily follows the path previously trod, with history, the key is to take new steps, on
paths never previously walked, questing, ever questing, for a mistake that has never been made, a mistep absent a preceeding footstep from a long dead
What is being done to dissolve the truth by the education system in Virginia, and on the Federal level, seems anathemic to that ideal of making new
mistakes, and seems bound to result in a repeat of old ones. No wonder you called BS on it!
I really love the way that this was laid out as an episode, and I also like the way that presenting these issues alongside one another allows one to
make connections between them, which might not have been obvious had they been separate from one another in arrangement. You see the Islamaphobia
segment relates strongly to the education segment in some key ways, because that education segment was about misinforming a generation, one assumes
for the purpose of greying out and blurring a clear line of morality, which would ordinarily be stark. This would make it much easier to nudge an
individual educated in such a manner, toward bias, and away from relativism, the ability to compare all things evenly beside one another without
This in turn will make it easier for future administrations to garner support for all manner of future exploits abroad, because people will no longer
be able to draw fair comparisons between their own nations formation, and the situations pertaining to rebellion and freedom fighting the world over.
That is not to say that the IS issue is a non-event. Its a serious problem, but we have to be able to understand WHY the problem exists, and look at
the solutions honestly, with full and frank, and humble acceptance of our own nations roles in the creation of the circumstances leading to it. Only
by doing so can we ever hope to overcome our own bias, and indeed the bias of those who seek to subject entire regions to chaos and bloodshed.
Sometimes courage lies not in the ability to shank ones opponent in the kidneys, but in being able to prevent the necessity, and willing to risk more
in doing so, than one would in all out combat.