posted on May, 13 2004 @ 07:43 AM
I think there is a retreat from intellectualism that has been picking up speed since the 1950's. Sometimes I wonder if the fear of Nazism got
translated in the popular mind into a fear of elitism.
Viewers enjoy seeing famous people who are even more flawed than the viewship. Offerings like The Osbournes . . . Jessica Simpson and her husband . .
. That blond porn star who married the dying TX millionaire. (I don't watch TV much at all.)
People are reading on the internet, but the length of their readings drops continually. Instead of reading a book on the topic, they are reading a
page or so.
"The Federalist Papers" were published to be read by the average farmer in New England after his daily Bible reading and before going to bed. Most
law schools don't even cover the material; I heard a law prof years ago say that the bulk of his students couldn't follow Hamilton's logic, which
was too complex for them. So, instead of reading the basics of constitutional law fro one of the framers, they read 'articles' that 'tell you what
it all means.'
Another example: look at the archetypal villian in movies since world war 2. The bad guy is a chess-playing, symphony-listening, millionaire genius.
The good guy is a good-looking, violent, homer simpson, ~ Bruce Willis in Die Hard . . .
"Christians" get mocked pretty hard on this site and the internet in general. And rightly so. Most of them consider themselves 'saved' because
they went to see The Passion. Not one in 100 has read the whole of the Bible. Most of them are 'into' the scene socially, but don't even
understand what their faith is supposed to be. It's like saying your 'into' native american spirituality because you bought a coffee table book at
Barnes and Noble. . .
I enjoy the reading Cicero, Josephus, Augustine, Plato, Heroditus, Aquinas, etc. You can find 'excerpts' and 'intros' to their works languishing
in bookstore chains. But to read them, I must have the texts special ordered, like I'm collecting rare coins or something.