Intellectual Pollution

Let’s start with the definitions:

“1. (Metaph.) The part or faculty of the human mind by which it knows, as distinguished from the power to feel and to will; the power to judge and comprehend; the thinking faculty; the understanding.
[1913 Webster]”

” 1. To make foul, impure, or unclean; to defile; to taint; to soil; to desecrate; — used of physical or moral defilement.
[1913 Webster]”

Therefore intellectual pollution is to make impure or foul, the thinking faculty of the human mind.

OK, now that we understand what I mean, what am I talking about ? You probably think your mind is quite pure thank you. Is it… think about it ?

Who tells you, you have a pure unpolluted mind ? Who tells you, not to think unpure thoughts, not to think crazy thoughts, to always conform ?

There are many agencies of thought control.

The control starts with the culture you are born into. Then your own personality develops (not always) and you pick an agency you “identify with” for intellectual company. But whatever develops, do you stop regularly, to check whether your mind is still pure ? Hardly ever, because belonging, means never to question the paradigms that cage your mind. This is enforced through the possibility of rejection, incarceration and isolation.

Basically through fear.

Now, what pollutes our ability to keep pure open minds.

  1. Mass media entertainment/infotainment.
  2. Organised religion of any sort.
  3. Lower and higher educational institutions.
  4. Government and it’s agencies.
  5. And lately, corporate capitalism (oligarchic fascism).

It is a matrix of constant control and anesthesia of the thinking capacity of our minds. Intellectual pollution in other words.

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