This is . . . ignorance

The AP phrases the story as one about Brits “losing their grip on reality” because they think historical figures are mythical. This is not a reality problem, though. This is sheer pig-ignorance, the end result of a country that is so busy teaching political correctness, that it has phased out teaching its own history:

Britons are losing their grip on reality, according to a poll out Monday which showed that nearly a quarter think Winston Churchill was a myth while the majority reckon Sherlock Holmes was real.

The survey found that 47 percent thought the 12th century English king Richard the Lionheart was a myth.

And 23 percent thought World War II prime minister Churchill was made up. The same percentage thought Crimean War nurse Florence Nightingale did not actually exist.

Three percent thought Charles Dickens, one of Britain’s most famous writers, is a work of fiction himself.

Indian political leader Mahatma Gandhi and Battle of Waterloo victor the Duke of Wellington also appeared in the top 10 of people thought to be myths.

Meanwhile, 58 percent thought Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional detective Holmes actually existed; 33 percent thought the same of W. E. Johns’ fictional pilot and adventurer Biggles.

UKTV Gold television surveyed 3,000 people.


10 Responses

  1. Reminds me of something C S Lewis wrote about 60 years ago. He said that most people viewed two categories of things as “real”–first, stuff that’s happening now, and second, stuff that is verified by “science.” So cavemen were viewed a real, whereas medieval knights were viewed as basically mythical.

  2. I shudder to think what a similar survey in the U.S. might reveal!

  3. This is indeed ignorance – but they say that ignorance is bliss, so it’s probably not a bad choice.
    On the other hand, if they already are so ignorant, then they are half way to becoming Muslims…which is appropriate, seeing that Britain is well on its way to becoming a Muslim province.

  4. I wonder what they think of George Orwell, who wrote about the revision of history by the Ministry of Truth?

  5. I wonder if a big part of the binge drinking problem they have in the UK is because so many realize deep down that they are dying as a nation and people.

  6. ” ON THE OTHER HAND, IF THEY ALREADY ARE SO IGNORANT,THEN THEY ARE HALF WAY TO BECOMING MUSLIMS ” (not that there is anything wrong with that ) Hmmmmmmmmm . . . .

    ‘ Three quarters of the American population literally believe in religious miracles . The number who believe in the devil,resurrection, in God doing this or that . . it’s astounding Thes numbers aren’t duplicated anywhere else in the industrial world. You’d have to maybe go to a mosque in Iran or do a poll a momg old ladies in Sicily to get numbers like this.Yet this is the American population. ” (not that there is anything wrong with that ) Hmmmmmmmmmm . . . Hey maybe Irananians and Americans are more alike than what they want to believe . . nah ?

  7. Swamp–Plenty of Germans go to spas to drink the healing waters. They drink foul tees and believe you need to clean your system by fasting and drinking more foul stuff. Many more believe you can dialogue your way out of anything.even when your dialogue partner is a raving psychopath. But no, they don’t believe in miracles.

  8. For what it is worth,

    The average human simply does not have a thirst for knowledge.

    Most people do not like to read, and lets be honest, as a result most people are fairly ignorant.

    People in a modern democracy might be ignorant of different things than people in “semi-civilized” nations, but sadly most people are ignorant.

    This “weakness” in the average human has been exploited for as long as we know by different “groups”, and lately it is the left who has been using it to its advantage.

    Only a society dominated by the left could put in the head of people who do not know better that Churchill did not really exist.

    Maybe someday the right will be doing it but now – and since the 60s – it has been the left who is making people more ignorant trough “education” to manipulate them better.

    It is sad but true.

  9. I agree with FOUSA.

    I have heard many Europeans decry how little “average” Americans know about what is happening in Europe, much less where it is or what individual countries (now provinces) comprise Europe.

    My response is that if I were to drop into an “average” location in Europe, the natives would know very little if anything about my country, too, beyond what they see from movies. Frankly, they wouldn’t care because they have real lives to live day-to-day.

  10. That isn’t “losing their grip on reality.” You’re quite right: that’s just ignorance.

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