We devourers of news and political opinion must seem an oddity to those content to go through life in complacent comfort.
How, I’ve asked myself, can a person ignore critical news developments while reading those blasted syrupy and lengthy forwarded emails? How do people ignore developments in a world their children and grandchildren will inherit?
I ran across this quote which I believe explains the difference in mind-set:
“When you are helpless, ignorance is a comfort.” – “Dark Assassin,” Anne Perry, 2006.
More than one stoic acquaintance has told me, “I can’t do anything about it, so I don’t worry about it.”
Although I laugh and tell these people, “That’s OK, I’ll worry about it for you,” I think this is a copout.
This feeling of helplessness creates a vicious cycle – one which results in everything from political corruption to extremist groups.
In my opinion, the second biggest problem in America today is that uninformed people bother to vote.
The number one problem in America today? Misinformed voters.
This theory will be tested in November.