Re: Anti-intellectual America
Generally, there's a lack of visible intellectual role-models so anti-intellectual messages (even the subliminal ones) win out. The media reflects but also creates our society. Our TV-dominated, sport-obsessed culture celebrates a select few skills like movie actor/actress, singer, pro footballer or wrestler. This media rarely grants time to any intellectual or technical careers in a non-derogatory way (except maybe Mythbusters & CSI). In the end we get saturated by 'Who's-dating-who in Hollywood' because we watch the stuff. The sad part of this cycle is that media folks then avoid more intellectual topics because they think the audience won't care about them. The best role models are probably teachers and parents, so teaching needs to be a well rewarded and respected, career and parents must lead by example.
Recently, we have also seen a dangerous anti-intellectual trend in conservative politicians, as science highlights many 'inconvenient truths' conflicting with their thinking.
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- Despite being widely known for his leadership role in the American civil rights movement, Martin Luther King, Jr. also played a central role in organizing the Poor People's Campaign of 1968.
- The campaign was one of the first to demand a guaranteed income for all poor families in America.
- Today, the idea of a universal basic income is increasingly popular, and King's arguments in support of the policy still make a good case some 50 years later.
She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.
- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
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- In prison Damien Echols was known by his number SK931, not his name, and had his hair sheared off. Stripped of his identity, the only thing he had left was his skin.
- This is why he began tattooing things that are meaningful to him — to carry a "suit of armor" made up the images of the people and objects that have significance to him, from his friends to talismans.
- Echols believes that all places are imbued with divinity: "If you interact with New York City as if there's an intelligence behind... then it will behave towards you the same way."
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