I’m trying not to focus on the inability of the masses to see beyond ignorance. It helps to be decently well read. It also helps to know and understand history. Beyond both, one needs to understand where we all sit anthropoligically. If we don’t at least try to understand all three as they’re intertwined, we are then ignorant.
This morning’s discussion involved Pinker – just Pinker – as if he were the ultimate answer to everything. He is one man with one point of view. There is more to life and history than one man. Yes, read him, but don’t read just him. As far as I’m concerned, there are many others to read and digest thoroughly, like Jared Diamond, Jane Goodall, Barbara Tuchman, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Stephen Hawking, F.A. Hayek, and many, many others.
I’ve been reading very good works since I was at least 12. Because of some of the people we knew, we also learned points of view personally that very few others knew. Because of this we are not considered prejudiced or extremely over-focused.
This is how we all should be.
I have more to add to this later. My brain just needs to settle down a bit.