By David Glenn Cox
Alvin Toffler wrote a book entitled, “Future Shock” a neo-seventies term to describe now. The books framing was good and made some good points but didn’t foresee the coming computer revolution. There by gutting it at the gate. Missing “King Kong” from the Empire State Building in the movie “King Kong.” Without the big ape, there’s not much story.
I was watching a cheesy 1962 Science Fiction film; I love bad Sci-fi. From Buster Crabbe playing Buck Rodgers to “Plan 9 From Outer Space.” Anyone can make good movies! So, I’m watching this American International scorcher about the Future! The father was concerned, his son was learning too much from the telescreen, and not enough from real life.
Knowledgeable but without any personal experience. Hmmm? So if he were to read on the telescreen that say, a vaccine might be bad. He can understand the message, without understanding the practical experience of motivation or objective comparison. A lesson taught by touching your tongue to a frozen flagpole on a dare, or likewise being suckered as a child.
A picture or video of ice cracking. Isn’t nearly as educational as hearing those long cracks forming under your feet, as a question of the lake’s depth suddenly enters your mind. A book or video of how to drive in a snowstorm at night, isn’t near as helpful as one good example of driving in a snowstorm at night.
The father in the film was worried that his son would become intellectually lazy, because all knowledge was placed at his feet, without any effort to acquire it. As a child, there was a teeter totter on every playground. Now done away with because of safety protocols, this misunderstood device taught generations of children to trust no one. No one, not even your own gray-haired granny. The crime was too obvious, the motivation too obvious. Knowledge acquired and not supplied.
Oklahoma, that long forgotten third-world country, right next door. Has a legislature, who knew? In an attempt, to bring their status up to feudal backwoodsery, have proposed banning books. But the fun part is that anyone can play. If you see or hear, tell of a book that you might not like, all you need do is to complain about it. Then the school library in question, has thirty days to take that filthy rag of a dictionary with all of its dirty words, off the shelves. Or else civil penalties of $10,000 per day can be applied.
You don’t need a cookie to read this fortune. What are they going to do if the library refuses to pay up? Repossess? They already own the library. So, the citizens are able to sue government and in effect sue themselves, over any book in the library they don’t like. What could possibly go wrong?
“Our education system is not the place to teach moral lessons that should instead be left up to parents and families. Unfortunately, however, more and more schools are trying to indoctrinate students by exposing them to gender, sexual and racial identity curriculums and courses. My bills will ensure these types of lessons stay at home and out of the classroom,” – Rob Standridge (bills author)
Well, there goes driver’s ed class, as running a stop sign is a moral, as well as a legal infraction. It’s wrong to run a stop light, a lesson, my parents, and the Denver police department tried to impress upon me. But don’t the restrooms in schools, also promote gender identity? But don’t names such as O’Flaherty and Santucci, also promote racial identity? Don’t classes such as biology, prompt questions of gender and sexual identity? Isn’t the whole power structure of the school system itself, a simply designed method of indoctrination? “I’m not sure I’m comfortable with my child being taught Arabic numerals or anything with an Islamic sounding name like Al-gebra.”
Aren’t most of those dirty books printed elsewhere? Ban their importation into the state, stop them at the state line. Set up check points and search their luggage at the airport! Impose criminal penalties for possession or sale. Ban the authors from ever visiting the state. Ban all history, even current history as disproportionately biased against past events. “The Secretary will now read the minutes from the last week’s meeting.” I object! Those minutes are just arbitrary projections of someone’s opinions of what occurred, biased by the author’s personal preconceived notions and inborn prejudices.
It’s not the amount of idiocy that is surprising, it’s length of the idiocy they go too. The obvious blow back and maybe, that’s why they just went ahead and burned down the library at Alexandria. They just got tired of the constant squabbling. And it got too tiresome, to keep going through all those scrolls, looking for dirty words or innuendos in the original Greek, or naked pictures of the Pharaoh. “All right! We’ll just burn the damn place down to the ground, if you’ll just shut up about it!”
The idea that you can turn knowledge off like a faucet. Which, in turn, forces the intelligent children to flee the state, as fast as their fat little legs can carry them. High-tech employers will shun the state like the imaginary land of OZ. Leaving chemical plants, landfills, and Walmart as the primary employers. Willing to accept chemical pollution over ideological pollution. Afraid of knowledge and so insecure as to try hold back the tide for others. But only for their own protection, of course.
So ignorant of knowledge and history as to not know that this plan of theirs has been tried before, by Torquemada, the Third Reich and Pol Pot. All with the best of intentions, mind you. Jesus questioned Pilate’s truth, by pointing out that we all have our own truth. That’s why we write things down and build libraries. Rather than having just one idea and one truth, we put all the ideas into one building, and let you decide, which truth fits you best.
Who knows, maybe humans are like Lemmings, who every few thousand years go mad and destroy themselves and their civilizations. It’s probably God’s idea and so, is probably a good thing in the final analysis. We mustn’t ever question the lord’s truth.
“Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth.”
― Aldous Huxley