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an agile mind


The broadcast and cable mainstream media (MSM) exist at the pleasure of government; every one of them is subject to licensing. They are completely subservient and their “reporting” is nothing more than passionless stenography. They serve the same purpose Pravda served in the former Soviet Union – they let the peasants know the correct line of thinking.

To the extent that I take notice of MSM at all, it is primarily to know what lies and distractions afflict the folks I meet in commerce and travel. Real news and information I get elsewhere.

It’s proven quite liberating, to my surprise. I am no longer distracted by celebrity this and local atrocity that. I can focus on what is important to me, and at the same time be exposed to new ideas and concepts. The MSM will go the way of the dodo soon enough, I no longer care what stories they are told to ignore nor which ones they are told to enhance.

Added to that is the pleasure of living in a head that is still functioning, a mind that is still working and owning thoughts I put there via the novel process once widely known as THINKING.

When most people around me start a sentence with, “I think”, they are about to regurgitate concepts that were projected into their heads by broadcast audio-visual equipment that bypassed the thinking part of their brain. They recall these concepts, but never once actually thought about them in the traditional sense of critical, analytical thinking.

Sadly, I am constantly around people my age, half my age and younger whose minds are older and less agile than my own. It’s sad because there has never been anything spectacular about mine. That mine is younger and more vigorous reflects entirely what has happened to theirs.

Nearly everyone listens politely to entire broadcasts, “learning” the lesson from start to finish. When I am subject to the same show, it hardly gets started before my mind has found conceptual ambiguities or fundamental flaws that negate everything about to be built on that foundation. While I wander away thinking on, or even researching the topic, mainstream people absorb the party line from their mainstream media.

Even on those occasions where a thoughtful conclusion is similar to the one MSM delivered, one arrived to a mind sitting in a wheelchair while the other arrived to one that just completed an obstacle course. Which one do you want between your ears?