I read an article a couple of months back by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse Blog that I thought was kind of interesting, but also incredibly frightening when you think about where the world is heading.
The title of the article, We Now Have Scientific Proof That People Are Getting Stupider, cracked me up the moment I saw the headline pop up on my screen. I mean how many of us have had that exact thought about people at least a thousand times a day? And now, scientific proof that most people are complete morons; Vindication, I knew it!!
So what does this have to do with Survival & Preparedness?
While some of you – especially the ones who email me to politely let me know that my articles sometimes go off the deep end – may be asking yourself what does any of this have to do with survival or preparedness, I believe it’s actually one of the biggest threats to our survival on a personal level, as well as our survival as a nation. The fact is, the world has been slowly getting dumber for some time now, and the repercussions are being felt everywhere.
At the end of Snyder’s article, he posted a standard eighth-grade exam from 1912 (I’ll post it at the end of this article). The exam highlights just how far we have sunk as a nation, and it highlights the very real trouble we are in if things continue to head in the same direction.
Today, most eight graders can barely speak proper English, let alone answer half of the questions expected of eight graders over 100 years ago. From political correctness dumbing down our history books to the new common core curriculum making an even bigger mess of an already suffering school system, today’s kids have far less knowledge than their 1912 counterparts – something that’s pretty ironic since they have more access to knowledge than children from 1912 could have ever dreamt of having.
But to bring this back to what a lot of you who come to this site care about, preparedness, I believe the dumbing down of our world has severe consequences that will have a direct impact on your ability to survive the coming chaos.
The problem as I see it is twofold; first, I believe the dumbing down of our society is intentional, and I think it’s deliberately carried out to make it easier to take our freedoms away. It’s hard to take away someone’s rights when they are taught from an early age what those rights are, and why they’re essential to the survival of a nation; it’s much easier to take away someone’s freedom when they’re dumb, lazy and spend most their life playing video games, watching Reality TV and living off of government welfare.
The second problem, a problem that most of us see every day, is how this affects a civilized society. When morals, history, and common sense are stripped from the education process, it creates a world where chaos reigns supreme. I believe much of the violence and crime we see today are directly related to the dumbing down of our education process. Without education, people have very few options. Without options, people lose hope. When people lose hope, they turn to crime, violence, drugs, and a whole series of bad choices.
This all leads back to where we are heading, and why I believe this threat will affect all of us.
We have a world full of people who are too dumb to see where things are heading, and that makes it incredibly difficult to do anything about it. Over the last couple of weeks, we have witnessed the complete breakdown of our nation’s emergency preparedness, as our government – bowing to political correctness – allowed people infected with deadly viruses into our country.
From encouraging people with Ebola to come into the country because of our lax screening policies to allowing people infected with viruses like tuberculosis and EV-D68 to come streaming over our southern borders, our government is counting on this country’s stupidity to blind them from what’s really going on. Sadly, it seems to be working.
Over the last couple of weeks, I have seen countless people actually defending this government’s policies, because the only thing they were taught in our public school systems was acceptance and political correctness. We have a nation full of people who are willing to put their health and safety in jeopardy because they’re too damn stupid to stand up and make their voice heard.
So what can you do?
Well first, my advice is to prepare. Prepare for the coming chaos, because what’s coming isn’t going to be pretty. Ebola may not become a pandemic, and EV-D68 may or may not be the new polio, but one thing is for sure, we are heading for some serious trouble. The United States is over 17 trillion dollars in debt, we have a world full of leaders who stopped caring about your safety long ago, and we have a world full of people who are too dumb to care about any of it. This isn’t fear mongering; it’s the cold hard truth that most people don’t want to hear. Second, prepare your children to be leaders. Don’t let them fall into the traps of the modern world.
- Make sure they’re always picking up books. Instilling a love of reading is one of the best things you can do to ensure their ability to think for themselves and acquire a thirst for knowledge.
- Find out what drives them and then help foster their talents.
- And most importantly, teach them to have common sense. It’s something that is sadly absent in today’s world.
Listen we’re not all born to be Albert Einstein or Nikola Tesla, but we are all born to be good at something. Whether that something is farming, fixing vehicles or construction, we need to start teaching our kids the importance of learning. It’s the quest for knowledge, and the need to be the best at something that built this country; it’s the destruction of those values that’s driving it into the ground. Here is the eighth-grade exam from 1912: