posted on Aug, 1 2010 @ 08:46 PM
reply to post by Blackmarketeer
Well, I have to take issue with characterizing all Americans that way. I had long thought, (based on where I had lived, and the people I had met)
that the claims of American stupidity were just European propaganda. It wasnt until I moved here that I really ran smack into it.
Clearly, there are pockets of both intelligence and ignorance in the US. It may be like that everywhere. I dont know, I havent lived everywhere. I
think certain regions in the US may be more prone to ignorance than others because of the way religion is practiced in those areas.
Big emphasis on faith in authority, extreme resistance to critical thinking, and an education system crippled by religious fervor and poverty. Many
of the people I have met here are good people, mind you. They are some of the best neighbors I have ever had. But the entrenched powers in this
region, political and religious, want to make damn sure their flocks never get sidetracked by critical thinking and analysis on the way to the polls
and collection plates.
Its a damn shame, too. This region is beautiful. If it werent for the stranglehold the conservatives have on the educational system, I would guess
there would be a lot of economic growth that would help the people here out enormously.