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October 1, 2012
It isn't that people aren't paying attention—it's that they're paying attention to the wrong things. Small things. Trivial things. Ridiculously inane things.
If I am happily ignorant of the name of the newest half-hour sitcom on NBC, or the name of its star, there will be no adverse effect on my life—nor on the lives of others. But if I step into a voting booth utterly ignorant of who it is I am voting for—but vote anyway—I am contributing something to a process that will affect the lives of millions, perhaps billions of people.
And if I believe the moon is made of bleu cheese and inhabited by monster rodents, no real harm is done. But if I believe Jesus of Nazareth was just another nice-guy prophet who had a good publicity agent, I'm in real trouble...