Those of us who went to primary school back in the Jurassic were taught to think, for lack of a better term, in equations. In History class, for example, you spent the junior high years memorizing a bunch of crap that happened, so that in the high school years, you could begin figuring out why the crap happened. You take the facts, infer a rule, and test it, like a scientist.
For example, you can get a decent handle on 18th century European history with a phrase: The mercantile system. Mercantilism funds the large standing armies and navies that newly consolidated nation-states need. Militaries are meant to be used, though, and are savagely expensive either way, so states begin fighting each other, not over dynastic politics (though the wars are often confusingly called “War of the ___ Succession” or “King So-and-So’s War”), but over access to markets (which leads to further state consolidation). Colonies are essential to markets, and colonial expansion opens up whole new venues for fighting — North America, India, the Caribbean. This in turn leads to internal political conflict, e.g. the American Revolution… you get the idea. It’s not perfect, but you won’t go too far wrong by trying to figure out where X event fits into the framework of the mercantile system.
This way of thinking has its disadvantages, to be sure — Marxism appeals to limited thinkers who long to appear deep, because it’s an easy way to see “what really happened.” All you have to do to get an A+ from your idiot socialist teachers is to find the exploitation in a given situation… and if you can’t find any, or if people in the situation appear to be getting freer, healthier, richer, and happier, you say “false consciousness.” Still, following the money, Marxist-style, gets you in the neighborhood of right often enough that pretty much all modern history is “Marxist” history in that sense. It’s an easy, workable equation.
The Millennials, though, aren’t taught that way. I’m not sure how they are taught, as by the time I get them, they’re already so far gone that I spend far more of my time correcting old misinformation than I do presenting new information. My guess, though, is that they’re taught via PowerPoint and think in Facebook thumbs up.
They absolutely cannot correlate the contents of their minds. Lovecraft called that a blessing, but in a Cthulhu-less world it’s actually quite the curse. Now, putting two and two together is something we all struggle with from time to time, but they’re uniquely terrible at it. It’s not political, necessarily, though almost all college kids necessarily spout SJW platitudes. They just have never been taught that it’s good, desirable, and frequently necessary to connect the disparate facts in one’s head.
Example: I have never, in all my years of teaching, gotten anyone to venture that “Inclusion” is anything but a universal good. Ditto “Racism” as a universal evil. And Eugenics is also a universal evil, because Racism. And, of course, everyone says they’re ProChoice. But when I point out that the “birth control” movement was always, and primarily, a Eugenics movement…. their brains shut down. Their eyes glaze over, their jaws drop, they look like someone blew up the mothership. Vaya con Dios, and will the last one out please flip off the lights?
I think they think in upvotes exclusively. The first four items on my list are Chestnuts, things “everybody knows.” You’re not going to get banned from Facebook or kicked off YouTube for saying Eugenics is bad or Inclusion is good. In fact, you’ll get upvoted and retweeted and have all kinds of praise heaped upon you, because it’s all just virtue signaling. That “pro choice” leads directly to eugenics — and socialized medicine is guaranteed to make that happen in the long run — just doesn’t compute, because one is upvoted and the other gets you reported to the Thought Police.
One cannot, in other words, correlate the contents of her mind, and remain in good standing on social media. So they never do.Loading Likes...