Friday, July 5, 2013
American decline in a single infographic
Regardless whether you enjoy sports, this trend is disturbing. When a country places more importance on sports than on academic achievement, its decline is inevitable.
This is why intelligence and knowledge is disparaged in the country that reached the Moon. These days, intellectuals are mocked as unmanly as if brute strength somehow contributed to the technical prowess, economic agility and innovation that made America a superpower.
This is why our politics are a disaster. When you raise a generation to believe that throwing a ball is more important than fulfilling their civic duty to make informed decisions, you allow charlatans to sell their lies to the public unchallenged.
This is where the Steubenville and countless other sports town rapes comes from, the vast majority of which are covered up and ignored. We literally worship at the altar of sports. The rape of young women is a small price to pay for glory.
Bread and Circuses brought Rome to its knees. Will our epitaph be “Football and Junk Food?”