Illiteracy is a big problem in the United States and the Zimmerman trial has laid this fact bare for the entire world to see. When I think back on the old days of slavery in the United States and remember how it used to be illegal to teach blacks to read because knowledge is power, and how some white people would risk fines and imprisonment to teach reading and writing to them and the blacks would be whipped if they were caught, it begs the question, when and why did this precious skill become “uncool” and ignorance in our culture become a preferable state of being? Voluntarily putting chains of ignorance on to become slaves is unnatural and must be cultivated and I believe that is what has happened in our country.
There are those in high places that have lead many people like lemmings to the cliff. They followed the Pied Piper to the valley of ignorance through the intentional breakup of the family and tearing down of our traditional values. The state has become the daddy and husband and the fathers have become irrelevant. The fruits of this failed experiment lay all around us and illiteracy is just one symptom. Others are the high dependence upon the state for housing, food, health care, and our youth wandering in a wilderness of confusion that can result from an upbringing devoid of a father.
The United States wasn’t built by people who were of that mindset, we were a self-sufficient people who wanted the least possible government intrusion in our lives because we saw with our experience with King George just what a tyrannical government could become. Hence, our founding fathers tried in every way possible to ensure that we would be free from such tyranny. The tyrants among us like wolves in sheep's clothing patiently chipped away at our Constitution and our cohesive society until we are so ignorant about what made us free that we no longer know how to be or live free; so, they have us right where they want us, ignorant and dependent. The tyrants are ready to swoop in for the kill.
The one question I am left with is, are there still enough people left in our land that are capable of understanding and articulating what it means to be a free people because if there are, those people need to uplift their fellow man through education. We need to overcome the societal glorification of ignorance and dependence if we want to have a hope of defeating the veil of tyranny that is extinguishing the light of liberty that once was America.We must remember as a society just how liberating education is for people of every color and persuasion.