The Average Joe And Jill Think So Tragically Small

It has been said by a great American intellect of the last century, Eric Hoffer, of whom few are aware, that history is played out above the heads of the masses by the best and worst of society, or something to that effect. This is because most of us egocentric humans tend to live in our own local world of family, friends and coworkers. Appealing to that limited human focus you will often see local news programs pushing a mantra something like this — live, local, late breaking.

Basically for many, many forks those large national and international issues — unless they are perceived to have immediate effect on their lives or trigger some sort of group heard instinct to act, like Japan’s sudden attack on Pearl Harbor of December 7, 1941 or the 9/11 attack on the world trade center’s twin towers — are a yawn.

As far as geography, history and politics go, most folks study just enough to pass the tests in school never to give such things another thought, until, perhaps when some far off war causes them or a family member to be made to face death for reasons that they would be hard pressed to articulate beyond the national propaganda slogans of the moment. In other words the average Joe and Jill are rather incurious and inadvertent pawns of the powers to be.

And because so many Americans think small and are incurious, they will on occasion elect another small, incurious, “know it all” boob to lead the nation into massive chaos on the ever so large and complicated world stage. How tragic is that turning out to be, a stooge for our nation’s enemies to play?

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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