What's the good of getting a scientific education if you have to suppress it to stay employed? Just ask the tour guides in Costa Rica who have to dumb down what they say in the rain forest in order to avoid offending know-nothing religious tourists from North America.
Do you want to watch me write a book? I don't think so. Do you want to watch a farmer down the road from me harvest some hay? Errr, no thanks. How about a chef whip up a soufflé? Well, maybe, but I'd rather eat it than watch it being made. But watch a movie being filmed in your home town? Now you're talking! That's excitement. That's magic!
America is on a precipitous slide toward Idiocy. The most obvious signs of the decline we see around us are growing illiteracy, lack of education, widespread obesity, and religiosity: an overweight, uninformed, irrational people.
Mice - Do we love them or hate them? The answer seems to be "both." We're surrounded by adorable and sentimental images of mice, yet we kill them casually and often cruelly. Maybe it's time to make up our minds.
The thought that a hero might be like us - listening, watching, absorbing, admiring, even idolizing - may be troubling to us. Does it humanize our heroes more than we'd like? Perhaps even to the point where they are no longer what we think of as heroes?