by Brad Nelson
I was tickled pink (can real men be that way?) when I read Victor Davis Hanson’s article earlier this morning: America The Trivial. It’s as if VDH reached right inside my brain and stuffed it into his word processor.
If I had it to do again, perhaps I would have chosen a different name for this site. My affinity for John Adams is strong though. And overcoming the avalanche of lies, delusions, and propaganda of the Left (and “Progressives”) is certainly central. Facts matter enormously and are one of the things, if anything can, that can puncture and destroy the various false “narratives” that the Left likes to lather on thick like a cheap aftershave.
But life is more than about politics. Life has to be more than about bitching about what some airhead politician had said or done. So when I read Hanson’s article which basically stated how trivial many Americans had become (I call them “the silly people”), it struck a chord in me. Perhaps we should have called this place “NoDumbAsses.org.”
Don’t get me wrong. I like Jim Carrey movies. I laugh at stupid things from time to time. I think the Muppets are cool. But what I’ve done of late is to make a concerted effort not to be a dumb-ass. I’ve turned off the TV. If I watch it at all it is to watch old movies on Netflix. I spend much more time reading books, bicycling, and spending time in nature (usually tinkling on the trees, not hugging them, by the way).
And I urge all my friends to do the same. I urge all Americans to do the same. We can’t exist as a proud and vibrant nation if we take our cues from the Kardashians. Please unplug from this vulgar, stupid, and superficial pop culture. If aliens tried to design a system whose purpose it was to make all humans so stupid that it would prepare the way for their invasion of earth, they couldn’t have designed it better than the inane one that we have now.
Learn Greek. Learn how to cook. Read a book. Take a walk. Volunteer at the Humane Society. But get the hell out from in front of the idiot box. And that truly is a name worthy of that brain-sucking electronic device. This is one reason I keep telling people to write an article and submit it to StubbornThings. It’s not just because we need to fill the place. It’s a method of disconnecting from the idiot culture. It’s a habit out of the morass of mindless mediocrity.
One reason I started this site along with my cohorts was to take my writing to the next level. It was no longer enough to just be in the peanut gallery sniping at the stupid things that RINOs were saying at NRO and elsewhere. I had already blogged at other places, and continue to do so, but the NRO comment section itself had become like the idiot box, another boob tube.
Let’s start replacing the trivial with the substantial. We don’t have to be dead serious all the time. This isn’t about being serious. It’s about not being trivially stupid. Hanson’s best line in his article was this:
Why is the country consumed by the trivial while snoozing through the essential? We have become a nation of instant electronic communications — Twitter, Facebook, cell phones, and the Internet — even as reading and math scores plummet in our schools, and newspapers and magazines go broke. We can communicate information at the speed of light but have trouble finding anything meaningful to send back and forth.
Why indeed? Why let your life be guided by the lowest common dedumbinator? Learn to play drums. Write some poetry (Haikus are fun and easy). Volunteer at the Rotary Club. Fly a kite. Bake a cake. But get out from in front of the idiot box and turn off that insipid video game as well.
Unplug from “reality” TV and have your own reality, no matter how humble. Quit eroding your brain by texting sweet stupid nothings to people. Write something substantial. Read something substantial. Feed your mind, heart, and soul with good and noble things.
And do not do any of this for your ego. Do not do it so that you can be seen doing it. Do it to feed your soul the nutritious food of doing (something, anything) rather than the soul-sucking typical pastime of Americans which is idle and passive amusement.
Now, go have a noble day. And don’t be a dumb-ass. • (1356 views)