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Hi Clad,

Independent thought is an extremely critical skill. One common complaint that people have about today's educational system is that students are no longer being taught how to think -- they are being taught what to think. The world survived the Dark Ages, and it seems pretty hard to think that we could revert to that. This is, after all, the information age.

Sometimes we look at today's youth and see them as just young heads full of mush. But, we were all there once. They will grow up, and I'm confident that most kids will develop these skills one way or another. For example, if not through the formal education system, then through life experience.

I'm pretty optimistic that future generations will be much more advanced with the wide range of technological tools at their disposal that we never had growing up.

As for world leaders, there is a long history of bad ones. Even today, we still describe certain leaders (or laws) as "Machiavellian" or "Draconian" -- because of Niccolò Machiavelli, and Draco, respectively. I don't see this as a recent trend, by any means. Nor is there any solution, at least none that I can offer.

But what I disagree with is the idea of accusing heads of government of being so malignant (or incompetent) that they will somehow bring about the End Times. For example, how many famous world leaders have been named the Antichrist? And this type of criticism is nothing new, either.

I encourage rational and level-headed discussion. It is okay to have political leanings and support some candidates or their ideologies while opposing others. It's fine to criticize leaders when they step out of line. But let's keep it within the realm of reason. The world's not going anywhere, no matter who's in power.

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