Complete Ignorance: The Video
What is ignorance? Often I have heard the word ‘ignorant’ used in the connotative sense of someone being rude, but in actuality, ignorance is really a lack of knowledge. Unfortunately, there is a trend in which ignorance goes hand-in-hand with an inflexible opinion.
Think about that for a moment…
I have little knowledge, understanding, skill, or expertise in the current subject but at the same time I have an inflexible opinion on that subject.
Don’t confuse me with any facts. I know what I know; I believe what I believe, and that’s all there is to it. When one confronts such stunning arrogance and ignorance what can one do? Well, I guess one can attempt to ‘debate’ such a person, but then we all know what that looks like don’t we. Ad hominems, logical fallacies, red-herrings, and appeals to ‘self-evident’ truths that don’t appear very self-evident.
And the favorite rhetorical devices of the ignorant: interruptions, huffs, head-shakes, anger, smirks, sarcasm, and condescending questions.
Person 1: “Science has reasonably proven that the sun is at the center…”
Person 2: “Really? pffffft. You believe in the ‘theory’ of the sun at the center of the universe, but I believe in God. Ha! Who am I supposed to believe: the creator of the universe of you (the last word said with all of the dripping, dismissive sarcasm one can muster).
Yes, that is hyperbole. However, I am fairly certain that many of you have atempted to engage this person in ‘dialog’.
How did that go?
Anyways, if you ever need to demonstrate to anyone what ignorance is, here is your video edition. All of the traits of ignorance are on display. I especially like the part where O’Donnell trots out the old “You are telling me that the separation of church and state is in the First Amendment?” and the audience begins laughing, and because she misunderstands the issue and believes she has undermined her opponent with a devastating rhetorical question she looks at the audience with that grin. I almost feel embarrassed for her.
Christine, they are laughing at you, not with you.