With the Thanksgiving holiday behind us our thoughts begin to turn toward the Christmas season and our attention directed toward buying that perfect gift for a friend or loved one — particularly the one most difficult to shop for. What better gift can you give than one that?
If you are looking for ideas about what to give, here are few:
James Madison once wrote:
“A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”
So how can you give the gift of knowledge? I believe the best and only way to acquire knowledge is to read, read and read some more.
I read voraciously, but I’m selective in my reading. While I follow current events through some daily mainstream publications and by watching the occasional talking “news” reader shows, I don’t depend upon them for knowledge because all they feed you is the propaganda their masters want you to know.
Follow them too closely and you remain stuck in a vortex of conventional wisdom. Follow them too closely and you will forever be bound by normalcy bias — that state of mind that prevents one from considering the possibility of a crisis that is outside his or her normal experience.
But there are plenty of options that will help open a person’s mind.
Merry Christmas! And feel free to give your own last-minute gift suggestions in the comments below.