anthony Posted July 20, 2015 Share Posted July 20, 2015 Tony:His ability to critically analyze approaches zero when it comes to history.When the "history" supports his/her alternate reality, it is good and correct history, when it doesn't it is contested history and therefore dismissible.Tony, I do not know whether you went to college or not, my strong feeling is that you did, however, I do not believe you ever mentioned it.If you did, college today is so abhorrently anti intellectual and anti critical reasoning that you would be stunned into temporary silence.A...We have worse, Adam. Education is put forward as the panacea to cure all wrongs, but quality of thinking is left far behind. At least (I notice) you have still a strong work ethic of pupils in the US, driven to scholastic success. A sense of entitlement seeping down from our government officials has given many, if not most youngsters here, the idea that they don't have to study hard to get ahead, aided by low standards of Matric pass. Reality hits later - if they enter universities the large majority fails or drops out.I agree, in general, analytical skill is lacking, but also evaluative ability too. In this way facts become detached from value, as you notice. From that develops a short range pragmaticism, i.e. whatever seems to work for now, is enough.(Not forgetting a transcending universal morality which ennobles self-sacrifice and that 'the good', is the good for the greater number).Opinions on Israel (which everybody has) are revealing at high-lighting today's paucity of analysis and evaluation.If one cares to dig up the premises of anti-Israel sentiments, the average thinking goes:"It is better for you Israelis to sacrifice your children's lives, your country's existence, and the future of Jews, than that a single Palestinian child is killed".Few are honest enough to say it outright, but they insinuate it. All evade the fact that Israel has been the real and only petitioner for peace, all along. Clearly, war and conquest can not be in the interest of an already successfully commercial nation. Or that in reality, anyone continously initiating conflicts with a vastly more powerful neighbor is callously inviting accidental death on their children. Or that Israel fully controlled Gaza (and inhabited it with some Israelis) until not long ago, but relinquished it to its own independence. And that it is the Jews who place a greater value in life than their enemies do - to the degree of putting their own soldiers in danger to try to avoid killing civilians.Well-evidenced facts - inconvenient ones, to our modern intellectuals who 1. have a fixed idea of 'morality' and 2. who can't properly identify and evaluate the facts anyway. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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