In the novel (& movie) The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, our future is populated by the Eloi. They are a race of young beautiful people who exist that way because they are sheltered. Their life consists of playing all day and eating fruit gathered easily off the trees.
Everything is provided for them. They have no stress, no work, no responsibility, no worry, and apparently no predators. Well, you know what they say, “If it seems too good to be true – then it isn’t.” The underlying truth is the Eloi are being raised for the purposes of another race, the Morloks, who prey on them in a hypnotic manner.
They have become as the “Lotus Eaters” in Homer’s Odyssey. They succumb to apathy and are the Morlok’s fatted calfs – ripe for the slaughter. How does this happen? When people are ‘protected’ from knowing, discouraged from thinking, what do they become but Today’s Eloi.
On May 9, 2010 President Obama gave the commencement address at Hampton University. I find the implications of his speech both deplorable and frightening. Here is the transcript of the part that worries me.
“You’re coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don’t always rank that high on the truth meter. And with iPods and iPads; and Xboxes and PlayStations — none of which I know how to work — (laughter) — information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation. So all of this is not only putting pressure on you; it’s putting new pressure on our country and on our democracy.”
When someone tells you that there is TOO much information for you to make a valid decision, they are saying you are too dumb to sort it and pick out the important stuff while they, on the other hand are quite willing & able to do that for you. Beware the person or group who wants to protect you from the need to think. RUN! This is the man who would be king.
Would that I am wrong in this. But take a look at these quotes from Adolf Hitler.