There is a growing trend in this country where dumb is in and critical thinking is not only out, but looked down upon in many cases. Society raises up those who whose only talent seems to be one of self-promotion, while true talent is overlooked. This is true of many sectors including entertainment — reality show stars come to mind — and the same holds true in politics.
Being Latino readers agree, with one stating, “This infection is pervasive in society. Would it not be valuable to teach critical, analytical analysis to children starting in middle school? Otherwise: look! The morons are running for office and the imbeciles are voting them into legislative power!”
But such exultation is only temporary. Just as quickly as the public’s adulation raises someone to fame, their hatred for them cheers their downfall. It’s perhaps a result of our collective need to have national heroes and our individual need to be that very hero. It can leave us envious of the very people we once admired: the me versus we.
Though some may argue that as Latinos we’re more focused on the ‘we’ than the ‘me’ -- pointing to our focus on community and culture of family first as evidence, we’re not immune from a me-first attitude. Though we may have strong family ties and build close-knit communities, these communities are often divided by country of origin. Latinos are tied to ‘one’ Latino community only in theory, as much as we might like to think otherwise.
It’s a consequence of varied interests. Our communities aren’t built on the fact that we all speak one language, eat the same food, or listen to the same music because we don’t. Our communities are built from the interests we share. We’re conservative, we’re liberal, we’re often somewhere in the middle. At the end of the day, we’re communities of family and friends.
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