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When did people become so privileged and mindless?

Updated: Dec 11, 2020

Photo by Alex Topor

Protests have become commonplace in 2020, such as this one that took place in Coraopolis back in June.

By Editorial Board


There’s been a phenomenon going on for the past few decades.

People in this country have become increasingly weak-minded, rude and ignorant to the world around them. Which is ironic, because we live in an age where information is so readily available, you can find anything within seconds.

But that’s also the problem. No one has to actually seek information on their own, they can go online or watch mainstream media (which is a different problem that we won’t dive into) from the comfort of their beds without actually using their brains to figure it out themselves.

Our minds have become soft and weak as a result. The human race has become increasingly lazy. Our bodies have become bigger and our brains smaller.

There are a couple of other reasons for this.

One is privilege. Whether you like to believe it or not, we live in a very privileged age. Before you get your panties in a knot, that’s not to say we don’t have our hardships. Terrible things still prevail — where there is life, there is suffering. But if you compare current times to any other time in history, you’ll probably find that you have it much better than your ancestors.

And for those that will counter this argument with saying they’d love nothing more than to live 100, 200 years ago, well...that’s a nice thought. But more than likely these people are just cherry-picking the good stuff and ignoring everything else. Like, say, medical care. And cannibalism — thank God that’s not a common practice anymore.

The other problem is our education. Public schools don’t teach you to think for yourself. You’re dumped in a class of 20-30 other kids, all with unique personalities and ways of thinking and all are expected to conform to the same way of doing things. Then, if you continue your education, you’re dumped into a larger classroom and with even more people and the same cycle repeats — except you’re paying tens of thousands of dollars for it.

You’re taught to be close-minded.

The last thing goes back to the first point, which is we don’t have as many hardships (and, yes, to mention it for the second time, they do exist.)

Humans are wired to always seek the next “injustice” and change it. When there’s relative peace, our primitive brains rush in to fill that gap.

Nothing wrong with that — except when the points have no bearing in reality and aren’t based on any facts.

So, please, stop complaining about everything, stop being a sissy and open your mind up to new information. You might be surprised and learn something. Or not.

Maybe we should just continue to dumb down and see what happens.



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