When it comes to topics of debate, particularly in politics, people want to do anything but...
Instead, they take a stance to either condemn or defend. They're not seeking to be enlightened or educated.
What takes place always seems to be a back-and-forth battle of "you can't be right and I can't be wrong" between people who don't come anywhere near being experts on the subjects they're arguing.
Rarely they do they look to gain knowledge, and never do they want to be corrected.
Although many studies have shown that those who reside within the conservative party tend to be the least informed section of society, many people on both sides hold steadfast in the believe that they are more informed than ever, which is truly not the case AT ALL.
What they are is more AWARE, which is FAR different from informed.
It's not as decades before when there was little more than the state and local paper along with radio and perhaps two television news sources from which the nation (which paralleled similarly around the world) received news events at the same time as their neighbors did. Twice a day.
Now, there are 24 hour news cycles from an endless amount of news sources, journalist, bloggers, reporters and amateur pundits who all have to compete with hundreds of other sources out there.
As a result, honest, unbiased, informative, TRUE journalistic reporting has given way to sensationalism, propaganda, and opinion pieces aimed towards specific audiences which leads them to be less informed and more confused than ever while continually mistaking facts as opinion and opinions as fact. Many times they end up being misinformed because they more often than not read headlines as if they were the story itself, while bypassing the actual story altogether.
In a world full of know it alls, the majority still seems to know but just a little when it comes to actually being correct, ultimately showing that they don't know shit.
I got hungry, so despite the dark clouds promising rain, I decided to grab an umbrella and nip down to the local hawker market for some food.
I started the short walk and it took all but a minute and a half before period perspiration got all excited due to the heavy air and humidity, and I was pretty much soaked. But I kept going.
Arrived at the hawker and found a table, and sat down. The drink person appeared to take my order:
DP: "What drinks would you like?"
Me: "Just ice water, please."
DP: "Only one ice water? And your family/friends, what will they have?"
Me: "Oh, no, I'm here alone."
DP: "You are really going to eat alone? No friends?"
Me: "Nope, just me." As the DP brought my ice water, he gave me a concerned look, but said no more. I got up to go order my food from the stall cooks, as my water and umbrella were signs that the table was taken.
Me: "Hi, could I have a plate of plain white rice and a splash of that sauce, please?"
SC1: "How many plates?"
Me: "Just one, please."
SC1: "Oooh, you eat alone, huh?"
Me: "Yes, I will be eating alone."
SC1: "Ok, one plate for lonely girl, here you go. One ringit, madame."
Me: "Thanks. Ever. So. Much." I went on to another stall to order some chicken:
Me: "Hiya, could I have chicken so and so to table B1, please?"
SC2: "Sure, sure. How many?"
Me: "One, please."
SC2: "Just one?"
Me: "Yes, just one." She gave me a weird look and said she'd bring the food in a couple of minutes. Two-three minutes pass, and sure enough, SC2 brings my food:
SC2: "Here you go."
Me: "Thanks, how much..."
SC2: "You really are eating alone? Look, so many families, so many people. You no friends?"
Me: "Yup, just me. How much do I owe you"?
SC2: "5.50 ringit, madame. But you know, it is better to eat with family and friends, la."
Me: "Yes, I know. You can keep the change." She waddled away with a concerned look and a shake of her head.
So, there I was, a period perspirating village idiot, f'king miserable, trying to enjoy the food. But after a few mouth fulls, I lost my apetite, gulped down the ice water and left. *beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep*