Taking Pride In Ignorance
In talking to a student it became obvious that she was proud of not knowing some basic things, as if knowledge was associated with pinhead intellectuals that couldn't be trusted with things in real life.
The same went for studies. If they conflicted with what she preferred to believe, her view was, "I don't believe in studies."
I assumed it was a trait of the minority group she represented until I found that this was now a significant part of religious-right and even some Republican beliefs. This often goes beyond being anti-science and anti-information to taking pride in ignorance.
This also means that sources of valid information must be
screened out, lest they threaten that ignorance.
That's My Belief and It's Very True
Right-wing pundits and some politicians now spew out anything they think will convince an audience without having to back it up with reasonable support.
When challenged the response borders on, "That's my belief and it's very true."
To cite the latest example, a Republican state legislator
recently used totally erroneous "facts" to support a bill he introduced. When challenged he
responded to the effect that (easily verifiable and scientifically valid) facts were
irrelevant to his position.
Ignorance Is Not BlissAs history has repeatedly shown, unsupported beliefs often have been totally wrong.
Many of the things people once believed would be laughable, if the consequences weren't so tragic.
But if ignorance becomes a virtue, how will we know?