reply to post by leosnake
I have to say that I am less than shocked to hear the bald facts of the results of this survey. When I was at school, intellect, or demostration of
it, was a sure fire way to attract every kind of trouble, from attempted robbery, to attempted murder, and every thing in between. This means that
largely speaking, even kids who had potential with regard to thier capacity to learn about themselves and the world around them, found themselves
forced to dumb down or face serious injury at the least.
This obsessive crushing of any spark of intellectual prowess on the part of the youth at my old school, combined with the campaign of institutional,
and government sanctioned mental conditioning on the part of the school itself, turned out several psychopaths, and a massive number of intellectual
non entities. Luckily, having about as much respect for organisations, authority, and group mentality, as I have for bacteria, I managed to avoid
having every scrap of my mind turned to mush by the process of being a part of the state education system.
I can easily see how it could come to pass, that so many of my fellow countrymen and women have had thier capacity to understand ANYTHING, let alone
the complexity of the engine of human existence, erroded and all but destroyed. When speaking in a cultural context, dumb has been cool for an awfully
long time. Terms like swot, boff (short for boffin), nerd, geek, bookworm, pencil neck, and others, would not exist if a healthy attitude to intellect
was upheld by the system and those participating in it. Alas, both student body and school seemed all to happy, when I was a lad, to conspire together
to make idiots of us all.
It is that cultural convention, how so ever it came about, which means that vast swathes of our population are under informed about all the most
important aspects of life, from our own biological make up, to the history of our great nation. Having to explain to a pagan (as I recently found
myself doing) the history of the Icini tribe in Britian during Roman occupation, is another example of the same issue. There are even British people
who do not know who Lord Admiral Nelson was, despite the whacking great statue of the fellow, atop the column that bears his name in London, a
landmark which is, I think you will agree, hard to miss.
This attitude to a well excersized mind has been in force since well before I was born, but has become more widespread over the last two decades. It
is now cool to be a total moron, to be incapable of original thought, to have no talent, no class or style, and most importantly, to never ever know
anything worth a damn. Look at the horrific rise of television shows, like Geordie Shore, Made In Chelsea, and The Only Way Is Essex. These television
shows, along with Big Brother and others, make famous some of the most mentally stunted half lives that are walking upon our fair isles today, and
fame breeds emulation in the public, and a desire in the impressionable to take on the attributes of the false idols put before them.
People look at me as if I am a witch or wizard when I express my level of understanding of matters of biology, forensics, physics, psychology, art,
and pretty much anything that isnt happening in the mainstream media, this despite me only having qualifications up to GCSE grade C, and only four of
those! Despite the small value of the education I recvieved, I can comment effectively on things because I took the time to find out for myself, about
those things which have interested me over the years. It is very unfortunate that a massive percentage of the population have not been able, or seen
fit to do the same, although I can very nearly understand why. Having a solid mind in an age of insanity can be utterly terrifying. Ignorance, as they
say, may be bliss, but if it is then I would wish to never know such pleasures as it might offer. Reality may be down right horrible, but at least it