Epidemic Sweeping the Nation That the Media Won’t Tell You About…It’s Worse Than Ebola

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It affects the brain of every individual it touches. Unfortunately, it is a completely voluntary disease. The victims that become affected choose to do so. The media won’t tell you about it because some government agendas have a large part in it.

In our world today, as great as technology is, as much as it helps us accomplish, I think it’s making us dumber. We have dumbed ourselves down. Our ancestors, even a hundred years ago, learned and experimented for entertainment. What do we choose to entertain ourselves with nowadays? Kim K’s butt. How many baby daddy’s does that rapper have? What are our friends frustrated about? And we are so bored that we get offended about every little thing someone else says or does because we have nothing better to do with our time. And we don’t stop there. We are so bored, and have so much time on our hands that we push and lobby for laws so that other people can’t have an opinion unless it agrees with ours, even if it doesn’t harm anyone. Of course, some of this boredom could be alleviated if we would just get a job to support ourselves instead of letting the government do that for us…but that’s also a different article for a different day.

Just as an example as to how much we’ve dumbed ourselves down and how our government has, in fact, encouraged the process, are questions from two public school tests, one from an 8th grade common exam from 1895, one an 8th grade common exam from 2012. Just in a little over a hundred years, look at how far we’ve dumbed down!!

150-200 years ago, accomplishments that people were proud of were things like intellectual and humanitarian achievements, inventions, businesses, things that they used their MINDS to achieve. And they came so far, so fast.

What are we proud of now? What do we see as accomplishments now? How big our boobs are. How drunk we can get without puking. How much we can scam off the government without having to work for it. How many different people we can have sex with. Kids these days are using violence and sex to entertain themselves and we wonder why the world is so messed up! Because it’s encouraged. Harmful behavior that has serious consequences for more than one party because they are so BORED and this is what society has deemed “successful” and glorified. It’s no wonder the terrorists have seen such large recruitment numbers from young people. They are BORED and have no CAUSE to stand for. The government does absolutely everything for us, prosecutes those who stand for what they believe, and if you DO manage to succeed financially, they take such a large cut that you wonder if it’s even worth it. Society is so TWISTED and BASE.

Most people don’t even have common sense anymore. Instead of truly intellectual answers that you have to use your brain to find, we give the answer in multiple choice exams. And we don’t want to know a truly correct answer, we just want to know…how does that make you feel? What feelings does this evoke? Well, when you are focusing on and teaching kids to reason using their feelings instead of intellect…how do you think society is going to turn out??

There is no known immediate cure for this epidemic, other than CHOICE. And sadly, it doesn’t look like anyone is going to CHOOSE the cure.

Sure, they love reading stories or watching movies like Divergent or the Hunger Games, stories about truly great characters that made CHOICES to use their brains and skills against powers that wished to keep them stupid and subdued and base, but none want to BE that hero. It’s too much work. It’s too hard. It makes me think. Besides, that’s what Google is for, right?

Young and old alike, BE that hero! Make that choice! CHOOSE THE CURE. CHOOSE to be great. Look at all the greats of the past: George Washington Carver, Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill just to name a few. They all had to make a CHOICE to rise above the easy, base way of living, which was prevalent even in their times, though not like it is today. They had to CHOOSE the cure, and those choices led them to become heroes whose names have never died, whose names will live on throughout history long after even we are gone. They CHOSE the cure, they CHOSE hard work, they CHOSE to be great, and therefore, they did not lead base, mediocre lives.

 

Questions from 1895 8th Grade Common Exam (Source: original document on file at Smoky Valley Genealogical Society & Library in Salina, KS; reprinted in Salina Journal)

Grammar
Give 9 rules for the use of capital letters.
What are the principal parts of a verb? Give principal parts of do, lie, lay and run.
Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar.

Arithmetic
Write a Bank Check, a Promissory Note, and a Receipt
Find bank discount on $300 for 90 days (no grace) at 10%.
District No. 33 has a valuation of $35,000. What is the necessary levy to carry on a school seven months at $50 per month, and have $104 for incidentals?

U.S. History
Name events connected with the following dates: 1607, 1620, 1800, 1849, and 1865?
Who were the following: Morse, Whitney, Futon, Bell, Lincoln, Penn, and Howe?
Relate the causes and results of the Revolutionary War.
Give the epochs into which U.S. History is divided.

Orthography
Write 10 words frequently mispronounced and indicate pronunciation by use of diacritical marks and by syllabication.
What is meant by the following: alphabet, phonetic orthography, etymology, syllabication?
Give four substitutes for caret ‘u.’

Geography
Name and describe the following: Monrovia, Odessa, Denver, Manitoba, Hecla, Yukon, St. Helena, Juan Fernandez, Aspinwolf and Orinoco.
Name and locate the principal trade routes of the U.S.
Describe the movements of the earth. Give inclination of the earth.

 

2012 8th Grade Common Exam (Sources: fldoc.org and rockdale.k12.ga.us)

Mathematics
A farmer needs to calculate the number of cubic yards in 837 cubic feet of soil. How many cubic yards are equivalent to 837 cubic feet?
Listed below are seven of Martha’s quiz scores. When Martha added two more quiz scores to the list below, the median score in the list did not change. 95, 87, 85, 85, 90, 89, 90. which of the following scores could be added to the list without changing the median score?
86 & 87; 90 & 98, 88 & 96, 80 &82

Reading
Read these lines from the poem. “This odd bird with wings always outstretched spends most of his time sleeping in my garage.” Based on the poem, what does the speaker mean by these lines?
The kite is rarely used; The kite has no appeal; The kite serves no purpose; or The kite is awkwardly constructed.
Which pair of words from the poem are most similar in meaning? Scoop, tug; binds, gusts; currents, streams; glorious, outstretched.
Which word best describes the poem’s overall tone?
Comforting; Doubtful; Impatient; Reflective.

Science
A scientist performs an experiment and asks other scientists around the world to replicate it. Why would other scientists most likely try to perform the same experiment?
To find out if weather of various regions of the world would affect the results; To see if the experiment would be less expensive in another part of te world; To confirm the results of the experiment conducted by the scientist; To verify that the hypothesis of the experiment is a scientific law.
Food webs show feeding relationships among different types of organisms. Those organisms each have a specific niche. Which of the following best describes a function of decomposers in food webs?
To recycle nutrients into the soil; To convert solar energy into food; To provide food for secondary consumers; To compete with secondary consumers for oxygen.

History
Which of the following was accomplished by the Civil Rights Act of 1964?
Segregation of public facilities was declared illegal; Black americans were allowed to run for public office; American citizenship was granted black Americans; A minimum wage was established to assist low-income families.
Which of the following is NOT required by law of American citizens?
Obtaining a drivers license;Serving on a jury; Voting in elections; Paying taxes