Anti-Intellectualism significantly threatens me. (And if you don’t know what anti-intellectualism is….go look it up heh heh heh) How can a person be against knowledge? I recognize major flaws in our education system, but that does not allow for excuses.
Wealth, success, and popularity, is largely a result of making things faster, bigger, better, cheaper- all beneficial qualities, to an extent. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels daily pressure to cut corners and compensate. Essentially, it’s a Catch-22. In order to reach valuable goals you practically have to subscribe to this way of life, this way of making educational sacrifices. I detest the way I am required to absorb a year’s worth of medical information in just six weeks. This is my only option. But again, the pressure. Again, the competing. I must graduate within this time frame…make this amount of money by 2015. Why must we condense learning? Is an accelerated track really the best choice?
I have reached a point of urging myself and others to challenge this system.
In a time where communicating is minimalistic and learning consists of slashing information and how to crack a test format, it’s very difficult to act outside of the regime. What could we possibly do?
Pick up a non-fiction book. Pick up a newspaper. Read them.
Write letters using the full extent of your vocabulary.
Get out of your corner, your safe-house, and dive into an unknown place.
Find just one topic from your seemingly unnecessary gen-ed course that interests you…and become an expert on it. As Mark Twain said, “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”
Seek knowledge, and “stick it to the man”. It’s not cool to have never read a book in the past five years, or to own all of the most popular items, or to scoff at words and conversations that are beyond your understanding. Who the heck said it was desirable to be ignorant, un-educated, and far from your fullest potential?
Refusing knowledge is simply, and easily, the most dangerous thing you can ever do to yourself.
Be an intellectual.