“It is the obvious which is so difficult to see most of the time. People say ‘It’s as plain as the nose on your face.’ But how much of the nose on your face can you see, unless someone holds a mirror up to you” – Isaac Asimov
What we lack in common sense, we make up for in meaningless passions. I would say that is an apt way to describe many Americans. It seems counterintuitive that as we gain access to information, we lose our ability to discern logical from illogical. The more we have, the less we seem to understand. But it is this phenomenon that is at play in our political system. We have let our emotional values overcome our logical understanding.
Every time a politician brings up the idea of making English our official language, or creating a system in which immigrants must learn English, they are branded as xenophobic jackasses. Think about it logically. Would you move to another country without bothering to learn the language? Only if you were wildly unaware would you do that. If I were moving to Germany permanently, I would take the time to—at the very least—learn enough German to be able to communicate. It’s common sense. Apparently, the prime minister of England thinks so too. According to Breitbart:
“United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron wants to stop providing benefits to immigrants who do not speak English. He wants to cut the country’s welfare expenditures. The Prime Minister reportedly wants to stop printing welfare literature in foreign languages and prevent claimants using taxpayer-funded translators at benefits offices.“
England is in a heap of trouble financially. It has been for quite some time now, so it only makes sense that they would do as much as possible to cut their spending. The initiative put forward by David Cameron is a clever and workable spending reduction plan. Simply put, it’s common sense. But common sense isn’t so common anymore.
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said:
“I think if you’re going to live somewhere, it is beholden on you to learn the language – I was told by a bunch of ex-pats in Spain it would be a good thing if they learnt Spanish…I think it is a good thing, you need to be able to speak to your neighbor, you need to be able to follow what’s going on.”
Predictably, the more liberal arm of England’s government isn’t too happy with Cameron’s proposal. I guarantee that the same would happen in the United States, except it would be a much more harsh, and politically charged issue. The Republicans would argue with facts and reason, and the Democrats would argue with emotions.
There it is. We have lost our sense. We have lost our reason. An erosion of reason leads one to begin thinking with what they have leftover, emotions. Arguing with emotions is absolutely useless, and it will be the end of our culture. This story is just one more sign of our decline.