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My friend called me a Neo-Luddite

I don’t twitter. I’ve never been on FB or any other social networking site. I don’t text and I have it blocked on my cell phone. I don’t have an ipod. And I like to read books that are printed on paper and bound.

Actually, I’m probably more of a semi-Luddite. I’m not against technological progress, nor do I think I’m superior in any way to those who embrace new technological developments.

So do you think I’m living in the wrong century?

I know a dittohead who’s dumb beyond belief

My neighbor’s cousin is visiting her here in Florida. This cousin thinks Limbaugh is “brilliant,” he watches Fox “News” to “stay informed,” and he’s a fundamentalist “Christian” who thinks science is made-up myth.

A few days ago, we went over to the beach and I decided to find out exactly how far his non-belief in science went.

There was a cargo ship out toward the horizon and it was sailing south. I asked him if he knew that ships going south moved faster than ships going north. “Really?” he said. “How come?” I told him to look at any map or globe and that it was obvious that ships sailing south were going downhill and ships sailing north were going uphill. Nodding his head he said, “That’s interesting. I never realized that.”

This is a true story and, quite honestly, I find it frightening to have to share the planet with people this incredibly stupid. It might be proof positive that listening to Limbaugh and watching Fox “News” rots your brain.

I’m troubled about posting this, however …

As an agnostic, I find it uncomfortable to use the term “evil.” Nonetheless, I cannot seem to shake the concept that today’s Republican Party contains many people to whom I can find no word more fitting than “evil.”

A cancerous hatred and/or greed seem to infect many Republican politicians and their voters. Their Wall Streeters/their bankers/their (hypocritical) “Christians”/their bigots/their hopelessly ignorant, and so many more of their contingent, seem to be bent on the destruction of basic human decency – if not humanity itself.

And make no mistake about it. There are far too many Democrats, among others, who believe and behave as they do.

For all of humanity’s technological advancements, our sociological relationships are not far removed from that which existed when we first stepped out of caves. Our weaponry has made quantum leaps over the millennia, while our social interactions have remained stagnant. (Many thinkers have voiced this concept for centuries.)

But let me get to the point. Short of an ecological holocaust, I am of the opinion that today’s Republican Party is a clear and present danger to humanity. Many past empires have been responsible for countless deaths. But none had the power to destroy all human life on our planet

Is humanity suicidal? I don’t know. But I do know that we live in times far more dangerous than any that have gone before.

Agree, or disagree with what I’ve said here. But I’d like to hear your opinion.
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