Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Our Ancestors Tried To Tell Us

They told us that if Americans stayed a strong people ... literate, fiercely independent, free and well educated that there would never be a global thermonuclear war.

They said that as incredible, as unlikely as it seemed in 1955, if they allowed their educational system to be taken over by communists and the citizenry dumbed down that a third world war which would destroy the United States would be inevitable.

I could see this coming in 1992. I could press my ear to the ground and hear it approaching like distant thunder from the hooves of horses.

Robert Welch was right. The John Birch society was precognition. They tried to tell people about this but men being incapable of receiving wisdom, just didn't listen.


samhuih said...

It's not likely to get better. A friend of mines kid is very smart but all he does is play video games. Most kids don't go outside much. I must admit that the video games are more interesting than going out and playing in the dirt and heat like I did when I was a kid.

Publius said...

Video games are not more interesting than the real world!

My kid isn't allowed to touch them. He plays with physical objects, pets, nature...

The human brain and mind cannot develop properly in a virtual, fake world.

It's all a control mechanism.

It's funny - when I was young and got into computers, they were far more fun. You had to program them yourself, to get them to do anything. Oh, there were a few "applications", but for the most part, the main point of computers was that they were your servant - you personally created your own apps on the C64 or Apple II, etc.

Now, a tiny elite create the apps, and the rest of mankind mindlessly stare at the screen, as in the recent episode on the commuter train in California, when a madman brandishing a gun wasn't even noticed by the zombies.

Bob said...

i cant imagine what the world will become where a generation of kids are growing up devoid and ignorant of the beauty and wonder of nature. Not long after George W Bush came to power I thought to myself that this guy and like all people ignorant of their evilness, would greatly benefit from a kidnapping and made to live in the wild among the forests, rivers and hills, sleeping under the stars, in all weathers, just for 3 or 4 weeks, sufficient time for him to open eyes, ears and heart to the world outside of cities and far from the day to day evils of humanity.

olebob said...

US authorities are out of control.

lj3 said...

Publius, where I grew up, video games were definitely more interesting than the real world. Then again, when I was growing up, liability law made exploring the world around me illegal. There were very few places I could go as a kid that didn't involve my own backyard. My dad told me about when he was a kid, the neighborhood kids would play kick the can at various people's houses. They also used out of season corn fields to play baseball. Those things aren't allowed, now.

My first computer was a C64. I didn't do any programming on it, though. I mostly played video games other people wrote. :) I didn't start programming until my family got a 486. It was far more useful.

The tiny elite is hardly tiny and getting into programming is easier today than it's ever been. Most people simply aren't interested. That's the case today, that was the case before computing became ubiquitous. Programming is hard and most people aren't interested in hard.

I've lived in SF seven years now. There's no way nobody saw that gunman. People are absorbed, but not that absorbed. It's more likely they saw it, buried themselves deeper into their electronics as a comforting gesture and silently hoped he would go away. People in the bay area are so conflict avoidant, the term "sheep" really does describe them well.

Edward said...

For where a video game based world could lead us see 15 Million Merits

Some of us could well be already living it. ;-(

Grognard said...

This is just immigration, though, Same reason "americans" are so fat.

Amy said...

Lots of educators like to push using MMORPGs and other video games as learning tools, citing the need to adapt curriculum to technology the kids will actually use.

I'm largely tech-avoidant. I'm probably only using my computer and phone to 10% capacity and utility, but I just don't care too much about them beyond being devices to communicate and store documents. I'd rather be out in the open most of the day. It's the default natural state for humans.

Consider this. I wrote it yesterday. What do you think taught them more, a TV show they passively absorbed, or that hour-long walk?

Parents have an obligation to make sure their kids don't become hypnotized. Parents are also obliged to keep up with matters of debate in the Ed sector, as their children likely spend more of their time in school than anywhere else. Don't assume schools have your child's best needs in mind. They never, ever do.

Ave said...

To Amy, re: MMORPG

As I keep telling my pupils : when you study for your driving licence, you spend a lot of time making mistakes and progress is slow.

It is foolish to believe learning can be quick, easy or fun.

Some people are driven by the end result or by the process, but nevertheless, to master any subject one must devote a lot of time and energy.

Grognard said...

MMOs? lol

Hard to believe I am hearing this. They teach you to have attention deficit and do simple "grind" tasks, that's about it.