This began as a comment to Surprise Is Optional…, about the revelations of the zero mark given baltimore students. But I feel I owe Fran a more thorough effort, to make clearer whatever worth what follows may have.
I cannot imagine that anyone who is a regular at Liberty’s Torch has not read 1984 at least once. Thus I am sure you can recall Winston’s thought that the solution to Big Brother must come from the proles. That thought evaporates upon his visiting one of their hangouts.
I recall thinking when I read that novel as a high school freshman (1960): How in the world could British subjects become so brainless? It would not surprise me that the same thought crossed the minds of anyone here unless you are much younger than me.
Well, Orwell never did provide us a prequel to his novel on how it came to pass. Have we permitted “Progress” to take its course and do it for him? That dystopia may have served as a warning to you dear reader, but it surely seems to have served the wannabe despots better — along with Revelation — as a what needs to be done manual.
Maybe I’ve said all the above before. I don’t recall since it has been on my mind for quite some time. But I see it worthy of contemplation over and over again.
The powers that be have deliberately orchestrated the dumbing-down of the majority of us at the same time they bring in many more illiterates and non-English speakers. It doesn’t take an Einstein to clearly see how that helps assure the continuation of their ever more brazenly growing tyranny they intend to subject us to fully.
What can we do? Aside from praying for divine intervention, our best bet is to continue to try and reach out to the misled and dis-educated who still have at least an IQ close to 100 or better. Rely on instinct. Most human beings really don’t like being murdered. And a considerable number don’t like being forced to do anything against their will.
So how do we build up the will of our neighbors to resist while they still can?