Alexander Averin

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Dumbing Down Century

Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.

Albert Einstein

Dumbing Down Century

Perfect pout and pristine pearly white veneers,
plumped lips painted with iridescent ruby
juice, her medication’s taken capsulised
in luscious (chemical) lemon flavour.
Kept tranquillised and dumbed down daily, her
development is arrested, she is
lacking a  proper education.  Licked
into shape, stuffed with  useless knowledge which
she must regurgitate on the command
in the exam room (aka factory for failures).
The media and government spoon feeds  sweet
snippets of only what she needs to know,
(lies or truth, who cares?).  They will preach, harangue,
sermonise; indoctrinate and moralise;
obliterate originality,
anaesthetise her imagination
paralyse her inborn creativity.

Cait O’Connor

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Truedessa said...

hmm..some deep thoughts within these lines. Keeping one tranquilized..snippets of what she needs to know but, what about what she wants to know??? I think creativity and knowledge needs to form a balance so we are equalized.

Leovi said...

Beautiful, that imagination does not abandon us!

Elizabeth said...

Sounds very scary.And very well put.
Have you read Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale?

I do think many young women get brainwashed into being very conventional.
But then again - some escape and THINK!!!
super poem.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Have you been watching American television??

Frances said...

Cait, don't you wonder who's now behind the brainwashing? When I grew up, this was home schooled. There really was no media.

Does each generation learn something from the prior, or must we each learn about how fire burns for ourselves. I once asked this question to Germain Greer after one of her NYC book readings, and she seemed to think that yes, each generation learned about fire anew.

Not sure that I agree. Sounds such an awful waste of energy.


C.C. said...

This has such a great cadence to it.

Kay G. said...

Remember "The Stepford Wives"?
Most women look like that now!

Irish Eyes said...

Very thought provoking; the freedom to think independently and outside the 'box' is a gift we should never take for granted.

Catherine said...

'The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled' Plutarch. I think that says it all.

Unknown said...

This is beautiful and full of truth. Education and imagination are both avenues to freedom. And they are both avenues to the truth, unless they are manipulated for those who are afraid of the truth.
Poignant thoughts! Thank you for sharing and thanks for stopping by my blog the other day!