As a nation loses more and more of it's will to think independently, one of the BIG warning signs is the loss of irony. If you are confident you understand irony and why it is important to humans, you can just skip to the bold below.
Since our education today is so minimal and our meaningful social interactions even less (meaning CIVIL social discussion on critical issues), I'm including a link to this SHORT and I think well executed definition of irony.
The usage called out by the linked article is essentially BO stepping into the puddle that he just criticized others for falling into ... the criticism of government.
Why is loss of the ability to detect or use irony a warning sign?
- The use of the Socratic method is indispensable to teaching the art of critical thought. Indoctrination can't work via that method because an intelligent and clear thinking student will often turn the tables on an arrogant and self important teacher trying to indoctrinate under the cloak of authority. So today, rote learning of the desired responses is the order of what we call "education".
- There is no computerized test for irony. It is HUMAN ... and therefore related to DIVINE since man is created in Gods image. As with all human activity that is not God directed, the outcome tends toward the opposite of the stated objective.
In the case of "secular humanism", things like the Socratic Method, irony, theology, and true philosophy have to be replaced by rote learning, name calling, anger, exclusion and similar tactics. "Uncomfortable" (for humanists) viewpoints like Christianity have to be removed from education and the public square. Viewpoints other than those proffered by the humanist need to be marginalized and eventually named "hate speech".
Other examples of "humanism" creating the opposite (See Orwell to better understand):
"Freedom" -- Becomes "Democracy", then Mob Rule, then Tyranny
"Welfare" -- Becomes Dependency, Destruction of family, complete spiritual and physical destruction of person.
"Liberal" -- Becomes Political Correctness, Totalitarian control of all of life and thought from birth to death by "experts" blocking out all thought which disagrees with current Statist objectives. (See "Road to Serfdom")
So BO comes out and says:
"The challenge, I think, that we have going forward is not so much my personal management style or particular issues around White House organization," he said. "It actually has to do with what I referred to earlier, which is we have these big agencies, some of which are outdated, some of which are not designed properly. . . . The White House is just a tiny part of what is a huge, widespread organization with increasingly complex tasks in a complex world."GOT THAT????? Big government is the problem! The Government has gotten too big and too complex for the poor little White House, and by extension the Great and Powerful BO himself (Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!) to execute the socialization of 1/7th of the US economy!
Had our press and people not lost the ability to understand irony and what it means for our existence, this would be FRONT PAGE NEWS!!! ... and perhaps the Great and Powerful OZ (BO) would have to come out from behind the curtain and admit even more explicitly to poor little Dorothy and Toto (the American People) that he is indeed a Humbug, a traveling nostrum salesman with no great powers whatsoever.
But we are no longer enough of a nation to even understand how exposed that man behind the curtain is, so the huge smoking, belching and thundering of our MSM and Elites will keep mesmerizing the masses even after the curtain of BO's extreme smallness and incapacity being lifted by his own hand.
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