Taking back the word “Elite”

Ignorant people are intimidated by people who know more things than they do. They put themselves down and avoid those people. Intelligent people know that there is always someone who knows more than they do and that there is always someone who knows less than they do. Given that, intelligent people do not put themselves down for not knowing as much as someone else and they are not intimidated by talented people. They very smartly take advantage of what talented people have to offer.

This hilarious and spot on video from Bill Maher points out how the former attitude has hurt Americans. This article shows how the RNC is trying, again, to convince Americans that it is good to be ignorant and avoid talented people:


Opposing petition to a petition to Wikipedia

A friend forwarded this petition to me today in an email.

I place a serious amount of value on having respect for other people’s beliefs. However, I do not believe that accommodating other people’s religious beliefs can be limitless. Much of modern society, which I think is great, offends the values of many religions. If a precedent is set that something should not be done if it offends a religious belief, then all of the other religious beliefs out there must be acted on too. The result would be the end of modern society. I do not want that.

I’ve met many Muslims. All of the ones I have met have been honorable and reasonable people. Islam is an honorable religion despite its fringe elements.

However their beliefs are not my beliefs. Wikipedia is a secular institution and should not feel obliged to uphold Islamic law.

I signed the petition

Petition against Petition against Muhammad Pics in Wikipedia:

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The Petition