Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.

Aldous Huxley, in Complete Essays 2, 1926-29

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One who is uninformed and unaware is identified as being ignorant.

It is, contrary to its often common usage, not a word confined to those who are less educated.  Indeed, the wit of G. K. Chesterton led him to say: “Without education, we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.”

Of course, in this Chesterton warned that the “educated class” can be quite destructively ignorant – all the more so when they think alike and all lean hard Left.

Others of that class practice an ignorance of specialization – “I know one or two things and I shall melt myself down to those few and ignore all but my small chestnut.”

Still others in the educated class eschew anything practical.  And many others in this class ignore discrete areas: religion, morality, morals, wisdom collected through the ages, psychology, intellectual history, theology, philosophy or our national heritage.

Yes, ignorance is not hard to find.  Indeed in mass media it finds you daily.

And yes, the mess that is our present political state shows that ignorance is in surplus today.  And this is not a condition limited to political candidates.  It is present most shockingly in pundits, commentators, media types, and those who claim expertise in politics, elections, polling, political consulting, etc.

Jeb Bush spending 101 million dollars to fall on his nose.  The product of ignorance.

A political party and “top-notch” political commentators, “money men,” and “movers and shakers” literally bewildered at “the run of the Republican field” in this presidential cycle – that’s ignorance.

These folks seem not to have noticed the fundamental deconstruction of American society that has evolved from 1960’s to the present.

Oddly, they have ignored radicalism, the institutionalization of racial division, an emergent Leftist fascism, hostility to religion, the export of American manufacturing, the decline of education, the uncontrolled expansion of central government and its unchecked incompetence and corruption, the surrender of American international leadership, the growth of the federal deficit, the ballooning of public dependency and the abandonment of morality.

Truthfully People, we have tolerated nonsense and destruction, and persons and institutions that promote it.  A healthy, informed people would have rejected this.

We have ignored what was happening and now the fruits of ignorance are ours.

Shalom.

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