Monday, March 12, 2018

Ignorance is bliss?

Meet the most ignorant man in the US, someone who is "shockingly uniformed during one of the most eventful chapters in modern American history". No, not Donald Trump, but Erik Hagerman, who was prompted to avoid learning anything about America - establishing something he calls "the Blockade" - by Trump's election victory.

As has been suggested online, the whole article reads like something out of the Onion: Hagerman is a former Nike exec who lives alone on a pig farm, listens to white noise in coffee shops to avoid overhearing talk about the news and is obsessed with a project to transform an old mine into some kind of landscaped garden or nature reserve.

Sticking your head in the sand to this degree might seem utterly ridiculous - and yet there's still a small part of me that's envious of the fact that he's opted out of having to face up to the unrelenting grimness of contemporary affairs.

(Thanks to Luke for the link.)

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