Ignorance is the disease of the decade. Trump, Arab leaders, eggs, and fictitious cities are the symptoms

By January 9, 2020 January 19th, 2020 One Comment

I cannot remember the first time I realized my mother was a mortal human learning, failing, picking herself up, and learning again. I do however recall when my ?and her? mortality and (dare I say) ignorance came back to me. It was yesterday. A friend posted a link to an article published in The Guardian in 2015 on the results of a poll in which 30% of Republican Party voters supported the bombing of a fictional city called Agrabah from ?Aladdin.? That was also when I recalled a scene in a Kuwaiti play I watched what feels like a century ago called ?Bye Bye Arabs,? in which Arab leaders were dancing and chanting in support of Arab eggs. (Don?t ask. It was truly hilarious. It resulted in an hour-long laughing fit that ended with my having to be locked up in a room separated from my mother because we were both at high risk of heart arrest from the laughter. Suffice it to say, the image of Arab leaders in dish dash dancing around a conference room in celebration of Arab eggs is forever etched in my mind.)

What is happening in America today is no laughing matter. But it does bring up Arab leaders, eggs, and fictitious cities in need of a good lesson in American ?freedom.? It all has a name. It is called ignorance. It is dangerous. And it is the disease of the decade.

I imagine highly complex and insightful conversations take place behind closed doors in places of power. Strategic thinking requires strategy [obviously] that can only be had with data, expertise, common sense, a little wisdom, humility, and bucketfuls of compassion. [I started my paragraph with ?imagine.?] As is with most half-hearted dreams, this has been completely shattered since I found out my mother was really ?winging it? and had no idea how to raise responsible children. She had no eyes behind her back, no instruction manual to follow, and no more stored knowledge than most adults with her experience. The case was sealed after I watched ?Vice? and was shown before my eyes what I suspected was happening in the Oval Office after 9/11 but couldn?t allow myself to think. George Bush had the cognitive capacity of a five-year-old playing office in a fancy oval-shaped room.?Dick Cheney was calling the shots. And the administration propping him up was either lying or lied to. The democratically elected US president destroyed the Middle East and sacrificed with it thousands of American and millions of Arab lives ?a ridiculously sad price for a very preventable ignorance.?[For more, watch “The Report.”] ?

Here we are again. A democratically elected president, chosen by the same people who approve the destruction of ?Agrabah,? playing a dangerously destructive game yet again in a land still burning from centuries of greed.

Ignorance brought him to his throne. And ignorance is the current keeper of the nuclear code.?

Take a moment for this to sink in ?again. The nuclear button (or lever?) is in the hands of a human who admittedly does not read, has the attention span of a fly, gets his nourishment from junk food, and bullies anyone who disagrees with him thereby cutting off any possible stream of learning. He runs the country on Twitter and gets his education from Fox News. He? claims to know ?big words? but has trouble pronouncing anything longer than 5 letters. Thanks to the fact that spellcheck cannot always keep up with him,??covfefe? is a new addition to the English lexicon.?

The people who approve the bombing of Agrabah have gifted him to the world.

Sages predicted the coming of ignorance. They said the demise of humanity will come from our obsession with comfort and luxury. [And junk food!]

?Luxury and comfort weaken the will and keep one under constant hypnosis. Alcohol and drugs are not as dangerous as total slavery to luxury and comfort. Man cannot pull himself away from them.? ?Swami Satyananda Saraswati

Donald Trump is a symptom of our ignorance. Our world is full of it. Industries and governments are committed to deepening and spreading the virus. We are hesitant about investing in education and health, but supremely generous with wars, new year firework celebrations, and disease-care. We are raising stoned generations thanks to the “woke” legalization of marijuana who are getting their education from Tik Tok and reading in 140-character chunks.

We are not ashamed to admit we do not read, yet refuse to acknowledge our ignorance and admit we don?t know.?Instead, we vote to declare real wars on fictional cities.

Michelle Goldberg opened her op-ed in The New York Times saying ?There are no adults left in the room.? I believe there will be no adults left in any room if we keep moving in the same trajectory. Our leaders are a reflection of who we have become: fatigued, toxic, numb, and most likely unable to see beyond the tips of our noses.?

What we need now is leadership of another kind, the one that has no instruction manual, is deeply compassionate, and in love with life; a leadership that understands fully that the only way to lead is by modelling a life of integrity, responsibility, health, and learning. Our world can be healed by a humble leadership that continues to ask and learn, one that really doesn?t want the job and would rather be in a cave alone reading a good book, finishing the 10,000 steps walking around in circles.?

This leadership has a name. My mother.

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