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Slippery Slopes and Smart People

By Abby at 11:10 am on Thursday, October 23, 2008

As instructed, I watched this video:

And then I took this survey. I voted against the required test. It’s not the answer. Here’s the comment I made after the quiz:

Oh wow. This is getting into SERIOUSLY slippery slope material. Ever heard of Eugenics?

Galton thought some similar things to this. You know who was a big fan of Galton? Hitler. This is a very bad idea. History has shown this to be true. I KNOW it seems to make sense, but the consequences of such an action has proven to be disastrous.

In this very country:

Some states sterilized “imbeciles” for much of the 20th century.

In part, intelligent testing began because people wanted to sterilize/disenfranchise those who were not as intelligent. The thinking was that the smart people should be in charge, but that’s not Democracy. That’s elitism. That’s unbalanced. That’s Eugenics, and at its extreme, that becomes concentration camps. As I said before, that’s a VERY slippery slope. We don’t need another Nazi Germany, or another Bell Curve debacle.

People who aren’t as educated can be very frustrating when their ignorance is so off the mark, but they live here, too. You think your opinion should matter more because you feel you know more, but in a true Democracy, it doesn’t mean more. I feel lucky to live in a country where all people have a right to free speech, a right to dissent with leader’s views. And nowadays, I love that because of the internet, more and more people are being exposed to all those views. There are plenty of people who have learned that what they believe may not be true after all because of something they saw on YouTube. Anyway, I digress…

A reminder:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Look, I know many of us are afraid right now, but please, let’s not go there. Let’s just not.

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Comment by Val

October 24, 2008 @ 11:33 am

Your post is dead on. Good job.

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Comment by roger

October 29, 2008 @ 3:33 pm

truly. frightening.

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Comment by Katy

November 3, 2008 @ 11:07 am

Yeah. Terrifying. Thanks for your words, abby. It is hard to understand how such ignorance is possible, but it is really just that: ignorance.

ig·no·rance (ĭg’nər-əns)
n. The condition of being uneducated, unaware, or uninformed.

Ignorance is not willful. It is what it is. I doubt that the people in the video, and others like them, have been taught real critical thinking skills, nor have they been given factual, unbiased information.

I hope that ignorance does not prevail on Tuesday.

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Comment by Abby

November 3, 2008 @ 3:03 pm

And they haven’t gotten that because our education system isn’t very good, and that’s a lot of the problem!

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