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originally posted by: Bluntone22
a reply to: SlapMonkey
I blame Facebook.....
I was talking to my mother in law today and she was blindly on the trump bandwagon wondering why people don't get he's doing what's best for the country, and that he represents the people.
Then I pointed out to her that more than half of voters voted against him and disagree with him on what's best for the country.
Long silence followed.
The best part of that was when she says, "These are the FBI's statistics; they're not a liberal organization," with a straight face
Sorry, I couldn't resist, given everything that's going down right now.
Sadly, though, Newt (whatta name) was correct in saying that he's going to focus on how people feel over generalized statistics, because we have become a nation that worries more about feelings than we do about reality and facts/statistics, and a large bulk who actually look at facts and statistics are incapable of constructively doing so, so they get misinterpreted and bastardized to fit a preconceived notion.
We're in a tough place right now as a species: We have unprecedented access to education and knowledge, but it seems to be having an inverted effect on intelligence. People are (seemingly, at least) increasingly less capable of applying knowledge to real-world situations and finding appropriate solutions or coming to logical conclusions. I'm certainly not claiming that I know everything or that I'm perfect at this, but I see a large number of people who are so apathetic about even trying that it's a sad reflection on our future overall.
originally posted by: enlightenedservant
But for the record, I think it helps to note that people may be apathetic about the things you care about, but they may still care about other subjects that you're overlooking. In other words, just because people have different interests doesn't mean that those interests are irrelevant or wasteful. It just means that we all have different priorities, interests, goals, etc.