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Why don't people learn? Why bother?

My blogging over the past couple months has been magisterial but has had next to zero impact despite various efforts to promote it in various different online venues.  Even philosophy for children, an obvious no-brainer to anyone who takes a good look at the research, meets inertia (or even, in some cases, refusal to take a good look at the research).  All while a shitshow of culpable dysfunction streams across my data sources on a daily, hourly basis.  It has made me angry, frustrated and discouraged to say the least.  (Evidently I don't possess the wisdom....)

This all got me to thinking, and I realized . . .

Plato wrote his Republic, Aristotle created his monumental body of work, and Jesus delivered a message of love over three thousand years ago.  The materials have been available all this time, and yet people have only managed to partly get their act together in all that time.  The Republic has a pretty simple message - that philosophy or love of wisdom can transform people's lives for the better - and yet people have managed every which way to miss that point.  "Philosopher-King?  How outlandish is that?"  Then they manage to miss the point that Marcus Aurelius, a non-obscure figure in the history of philosophy, was also a Roman emperor.

The American Framers were philosophers, as I have pointed out.  Yet their legacy has been squandered and we have the political clown-car we witness today.

It's obvious that the internet hasn't made people better thinkers/knowers; it's only made available more data for people to ignore as pleases their biases.

Rand-bashers are as big of pieces of shit as ever, refusing to understand what she actually said, despite the ever-mounting evidence that she is worth taking very seriously, evidence as easily accessible as ever.

"Progressives," who run the schools, are too full of themselves to have figured out that the path to greatest progress for humankind is philosophy, in which case they would be promoting the study of philosophy rather than envy-driven 70+ percent tax rates on people who do work that no one else can.

It's not like a lot of the message Plato and Aristotle delivered about the benefits of philosophy for humankind is difficult to grasp; it's not like we're dealing with Leibniz's monadology here or something.  It's a fucking no-brainer.

It's like they're casting pearls before swine.

I give up.

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