2015: The Modern Dark Ages

It’s 2015.  Grease powered cars, robots, smart phones, smart computers….and dumb people.

In 2015, when information about anything and EVERYTHING is at the tip of your fingers, just one google/bing/yahoo search away, one click of a button, I cannot believe how ignorant and uninformed people are.  It boggles my mind that people still behave they way they do, about things they aren’t educated on.  Why?  When more than 80% of households have computers or smart phones, why are there still so many people who unable to make educated decisions?

It seems, to me anyway, that the more computer dependent we get, the more people shy away from the realities of the world.  I don’t understand how, with all of the technology we now have, how people are comfortable being ignorant to the ways of the world.

Lets take pit bulls, for example.  The media coverage of pit bulls has many people on edge about being around, or owning one.  I’d say at least half of the attacks that the media gets a hold of, the dogs aren’t even of that breed.  They are usually mixes of other large breed dogs, but because they are big, and they attacked someone, automatically a pit bull.  Rotties and chows used to have the same stigma.  Shepherds, dalmatians.  All these dogs thought to be born naturally aggressive.  News flash.  ALL DOGS ARE AGGRESSIVE.  At least for one reason, or another.  Maybe not aggressive towards humans, but to cats, or other dogs….all dogs are innately aggressive. Sure, not all dogs would be able to kill you.  My mom has a chihuahua and he’s the meanest dog I’ve ever met.  He’s a vicious ankle biter.  It doesn’t matter much now, because he’s old and has no teeth, but when he had teeth- watch out!  He drew blood.  No, it wasn’t life threatening.  Did it hurt?  Of course.  But JUST because it was a non-fatal bite, does not mean that he wasn’t aggressive.  A child who beats up another child is still aggressive, even if the punch couldn’t really do much harm.  It’s no different from an adult beating up another adult.  Simply because they have more power and force than a child, doesn’t mean that the child ISN’T aggressive.  Because of their size, their attack wouldn’t be lethal.  Of course, that changes the older and bigger they get.  Some people who own pit bulls miss out on a lot of things.  Trips to the dog parks, great houses in fantastic areas, all because of the ban or dislike of a misunderstood dog breed.  Because people are too lazy to do any real research, or just don’t care to, they perpetuate the ridiculous stereotype these dogs get. Like every other animal (4 legged or 2 legged), it’s the way they are treated and brought up that determines their temperament and behavior.

I’ve owned a pit bull/mix for the last 11 years.  Only one was aggressive  she was older when we got her and her life story prior to us was sketchy.  We didn’t know what kind of home she’d been in (though we knew that she’d recently had puppies and when they were weaned, her owners kicked her out– she still had milk when she was found, dirty and wet in a ditch).  With owners like that, it’s typical that she was just used to have puppies, the puppies sold, and they didn’t want her anymore.  We didn’t know if she’d been physically abused, if she was used as a fight/bait dog.  She was in such poor shape when she was found, it was hard to tell.  No one came to claim her, so we never knew what she came from.  She was aggressive after a few years of us having her.  She killed 2 of our other dogs, so we did have to get rid of her.  I currently have a pit bull puppy.  He will be 1-year-old on July 4th.  He’s not aggressive.  But I’ve had him from the second he was born.  LITERALLY.  He was born into my hands, sac intact.  I had to get him out of it and get him cleaned up and everything.  He’s been in my arms, and in my home, since he took his first breath.  I -KNOW- my dog is not aggressive or anything like people think pit bulls are.

Or lets move on to snakes or other animals.  No body bothers checking whether or not they are dangerous before trying to kill them.  I think it’s unfair, and disgusting, that we are so self-absorbed that we can’t take an extra 10 seconds to research a life we are about to end, but can take 3 minutes to post about it on FB, twitter, take pictures and video, and then cheer each other on as we brutally murder something because we don’t know what it is.

And the worst part-  this happens to our own species.  People are killed every day because of their color, gender, or sexual orientation simply because people are misinformed and they believe in the stereotypes.  Instead of trying to learn about people, we push forward with our close-minded way of thinking, refuse to listen to any facts (or evidence) to support another opinion, and just eradicate what we don’t understand.

Or, lets move on to spelling and punctuation!  These days you have to go OUT OF YOUR WAY to misspell something.  There is spell check on every computer, every phone, EVERY SINGLE APP.  That red squiggly line underneath some of your words?  Yeah, that’s to let you know that you spelled it wrong-  but normally it auto corrects if for you, and you don’t have to worry about it.  How in the world, with all of this technology, do people still not understand the different uses of there, their, they’re.  Or your and you’re.  I don’t get it!  I don’t know if it’s because of this “no child left behind” crap that schools have adopted, or if people are proud that they sound like they have no education or common sense.  I don’t understand it.  I don’t understand how people can be okay presenting themselves in such a manner.

To me, in this day and age, it is completely and totally unacceptable.  There is absolutely no excuse that anyone, no matter how young or old, should think and behave this way.  This infuriates me to no end.  People are lazy, and it’s ridiculous.  I cannot stand ignorance.  This goes way past naivety.  This is willful IGNORANCE.  If you don’t want to learn about another culture, religion, or animal to properly educate yourself, then that’s your God-given right.  No one will force you.  But if you want to remain with your head stuck in the sand, if you want to refuse to use any and all options available to you to educate yourself, you probably should remain silent.

It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
–   Abraham Lincoln

I mean, it really IS that simple.  Educate yourselves so you have something intelligent and helpful to contribute, or don’t say anything at all because you’ll look like an idiot.  And that look isn’t cute on anyone.  Educate yourself on any topic you feel like you need to speak out or have an opinion about.  As a “free country” there is nothing stopping you, other than your own laziness complacent attitude.  Be proactive- be dependent-  HAVE AN EDUCATED OPINION!

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