My parents taught me to play fair with others. I have always tried to do that and believe, more often than not, have lived up to my folks’ high standards on the subject. One of the nicest compliments I have received from readers is that they believe I present both sides of an issue objectively and then argue my case.
The reason for my mentioning this is that if the Federal Reserve is able to print funny money in unlimited amounts, it seems only fair to me that I should be allowed to coin a couple of new words. And I have.
The words that I have freshly minted are Angnorance (n.) and its derivative Angnorant (adj., n.).
Judging by the exceptionally insightful comments which you leave in response to these posts, I know that you folks are way at the head of the class. So there is certainly no need to tell you that our newly created words are a combination of Anger and Ignorance.
But it seems to me that if you’re going to invent something, you have an inherent responsibility to explain precisely what it is or how it works. So I am going to offer my definition of Angnorance for you to consider. (If you like the word, please feel free to use it).
Angnorance — A state of mindlessness which results from a lack of education and at whose core is the envy of the achievements of others.
When I was growing up, my teachers would ask me to use a new word which I had learned in a sentence to demonstrate that I truly understood what it meant. What follows are several examples using our new words:
“John was truly angnorant. After only two years his unemployment benefits were about to run out. Now he was going to have to look for a job.”
“Latonya was mad at the management of her bank for passing her over for a promotion to work as a teller. She thought they were an angnorant group of racists. After all, she had just gotten her GED.”
“When there was a glitch which delayed refilling his EBT card, Stephan was filled with angnorance. How could he get cash back to buy smokes and beer which were not permitted purchases under the program?”
These examples are far from exhaustive. I’m sure that my readers can (and perhaps will) come up with some of your own. Feel free to share those with the rest of us.
Both anger and ignorance are killers. Science and religion are in agreement on this point. Science clearly demonstrates how anger causes adverse physical effects. Religion points out how it destroys the humanity of a person. And ignorance, while it takes its toll more slowly, also causes ruin. It enslaves the person who is its victim to a lifetime of misery, want and despair.
Angnorance takes the worst elements of both of these and combines them into a pill that is far more lethal than any poison mankind has either discovered or invented. And we are distributing it freely to all who want to drink at the Kool Aid fountain.
We live in an angnorant society – one which is becoming increasingly more so. The only questions remaining are whether there is the time and the will to save ourselves.