“Sorry, kids. Those answers – all of them – are wrong. Looks like, once again, I’m the only one with the right answer. What did you expect? After all, don’t forget who’s the teacher and who’s the student here. That’s not by accident! Aw, don’t cry. Look. Participant ribbons for everyone, okay? Yeah!”
It’s true. My career in education was a short one.
I was going to run a caption contest for the picture of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer planting a part of her anatomy in the airspace of Obama’s face, but then I realized that such a contest would be a pointless exercise. Why? Because, of course, there is one (and only one) right answer.
Yesterday morning I was listening to a little Christian radio on the way to work and they were all abuzz about this tarmac incident. Huh? What? Oh, yeah, I do occasionally listen to Christian radio. There are a couple of stations in the morning where they can sometimes be interesting enough to hold my interest. I pride myself on being open minded.
I hate commercials. I call them persuasion attempts. And we are literally hit with thousands of them every single day. Your consciousness can’t suffer an onslaught like that without taking some damage. So I have trained myself to resist. It does require no small degree of mindfulness. If I’m listening to the radio in the car and a commercial starts, my finger wails on the SCAN button and doesn’t stop until it finds something halfway interesting that is not a commercial. I end up never lingering on a station for, at most, more than a few minutes. Sometimes I end up on a Christian station (around here there are plenty) and hear something interesting.
So, like I was saying, the guy on the radio was abuzz about this Obama and Brewer incident. It went down a little something like this:
See? Obama is disinterested in immigration. Brewer invited him to the border and … he didn’t go. Obama doesn’t care about what is happening at the border.
–Some radio guy (paraphrased from memory)
My problem? That is patently false logic. And there’s been a lot of that going around these days. I’m no expert on logic, it wasn’t taught at my high school, just like it probably wasn’t taught at your high school, either. Instead my high school liked to focus on things like making lamps out of a block of wood, automotive repair, balancing a checkbook, baking chocolate chip cookies and sewing your own apron for the kitchen. You know, all of the important stuff you need to know for living an inspired life.
It sounds great on the radio and I’m sure the loyal listeners are nodding along saying, “Yeah, that’s right!” But it’s totally false logic. It might be true that Obama is disinterested about immigration, but his failure to accept an invitation is not the same as proof that it is true.
This is the same sort of damn logic that the birthers employed. “I say you are XYZ. You then have to prove you’re not otherwise it must be true.” I know they don’t teach logic in most high schools but, even so, it’s hard to understand how grown functioning adults believe in such utter falseness. It truly boggles the mind.
And, I think, it’s sad that most of us are whizzing through our lives, never really paying attention, never thinking critically, accepting what we are told, because we’re too busy running to the store to buy the next incremental version of some small electronic device that was made by exploited people. Which reminds me of a discussion I had with some folks yesterday.
It’s been a big question in the news lately: Should Americans care about the working conditions and plights of the people who make the iPhone? (I have blogged about Foxconn, the company in China that produces iPhones and other gadgets.) Workers at Foxconn recently won concessions from the company after threatening mass suicide. That is an interesting negotiating tactic. And an effective one for people who are desperate and mistreated enough. For some reason, all of the sudden, now the issue is big news for it’s 15 minutes of rotation before we all become disinterested and move on to something else.
One person was saying, “I like a lot of what Obama said in his State of the Union speech. It might only be lip service but at least he’s talking about bringing jobs back into our country.”
The blowhard douchebag in the room rebutted, though, saying: “If Apple had Americans make the iPhone then the price point would be higher. Americans don’t like to pay a lot of money.” The dude is a huge Apple fanboy. The rest of his reasoning was implied: “Therefore, it doesn’t matter what happens to people in some other country as long as Americans get the stupid shit they want at a cheap price.”
Speaking of cheap, that’s what seems to pass for impeccable American logic these days. It’s almost like logic is something that should be taught in our schools.
I just reread this post and it sure meanders. I apologize. That’s just how my brain happens to work. Quite illogical.