14 March, 2006

Lu Bu and Anti-Intellectualism

Being smart has often been unpopular, just look at any school. Adults pretend that they've outgrown these childish tendencies but our attempts are as effective as a looney who thinks she's Lord Nelson because she owns a costume hat. When poorly educated leaders are elected, anti-intellectualism grows, reaching its apex in the "cultural revolutions" in Mao's China and Pol Pot's Cambodia where intellectuals were targeted for extermination. Our Glorious Leader, no lover of books(except those about pet goats), doesn't like smart people too much. When educated people told him that invading Iraq would result in a barrage of bullets flown at our troops instead of purty flowers, our Glorious Leader said in the nicest way possible "Go fuck yourselves." Similarly, our Glorious Leader hasn't been too open to science on global warming, reproductive health, evolution and the recent scientific finding that televisions do not have little people inside making the pictures(to which our Glorious Leader replied "But there they are... I can see them moving around in there. Scientists are evil. Baboogaga.")

Lu Bu of the late Han was no Han Fei or Sun Tsu... and he had the strategic capacity of a moss covered rock. Yet, initially listening to his learned advisor Chen Gong, Lu Bu was able to secure several key areas in Central China. However, as his power increased from overgrown school bully to an actual military leader, his arrogance and anti-intellectualism kicked in causing him to ignore Chen Gong's advice and during a siege of his last remaining castle, Lu Bu spent the time wisely preparing his defence(by being drunk and screwing his wives). The castle was flooded and Lu Bu's men turned on him and he was executed in disgrace by Cao Cao. Needless to say, his anti-intellectualism took him far, as far as our Glorious Leader, who is slowly letting our country be flooded by a wave of idiocy. While other states are investing in education to promote economic and technological growth, we are stuck debating whether the Bible is literally true or whether or not it is blasphemous to even have such a debate. While developing countries look at educational and technological advancements in the same way as a cat looks at catnip, we are knowingly and with intent trying to turn back the clock to the times of the Spanish Inquisition (Motto: "If our tortures don't kill you, we guarantee execution free of charge.") To see the lessons of the past and to consciously ignore them is perhaps the greatest tragedy of humanity.


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