Thursday, October 21, 2004

Ignorant American?

Main Entry: ig·no·rant
Pronunciation: 'ig-n(&-)r&nt
Function: adjective
1 a : destitute of knowledge or education ; also : lacking knowledge or comprehension of the thing specified b : resulting from or showing lack of knowledge or intelligence
2 : UNAWARE, UNINFORMED- ig·no·rant·ly adverb- ig·no·rant·ness nounsynonyms IGNORANT, ILLITERATE, UNLETTERED, UNTUTORED, UNLEARNED mean not having knowledge. IGNORANT may imply a general condition or it may apply to lack of knowledge or awareness of a particular thing . ILLITERATE applies to either an absolute or a relative inability to read and write . UNLETTERED implies ignorance of the knowledge gained by reading . UNTUTORED may imply lack of schooling in the arts and ways of civilization . UNLEARNED suggests ignorance of advanced subjects .


Let's be mindful that a person who does not side with another's political point-of-view is not necessarily ignorant. If anything, this election has motivated voters to be more informed on the issues that are or eventually will affect their lives. If each person in a discussion states his thoughts in a logical, intelligent fashion, then the person that is truly ignorant is the one dishing out the phrase "ignorant American" inappropriately. He/she simply has the inability to handle and hear differing opinions. The 1st Amendment must elude him/her. Now, that's ignorance.

5 Comments:

At 9:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen sister! love, K

 
At 4:45 PM, Blogger J W M said...

Sometimes, on selected patients and families, I will bait them into the philosphical discussion -- why we are in Iraq. It starts with a request for them to draw a map of the Iraq area (usually of the guerney sheets). When they display their collective ignorance of the area, I proceed to lay put the geo-political situation in more detail than they wish to know by using my old Aristole inspired questioning. By the time I am finished, they admit to understanding and I am several patients behind in my work. So be it. They may not feel better; but, I do

 
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