Morality and Ignorance in 2016

As we process the ramifications of the UK referendum to leave the EU and look to a contentious and possibly disastrous presidential election come November, my thoughts return to two quotes from Isaac Asimov.

There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that “my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.” Isaac Asimov

This thread has grown thicker in recent years, leading to our present state. We can change that, but to do so, we have to actively counter these forces. We have to fight ignorance, hatred and apathy. We have to educate and just as importantly, deny ignorance a platform.

Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what’s right. Isaac Asimov

Our decisions matter, even when we don’t think they do:

We are in the future that we’ve created.

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