So I am sitting in the office reading an article about some political satire written in the 1860’s and one or more of the books mentioned in the article sounded like something I would like to read. So I turned to one of my subordinates in the office and made an off hand comment about the subject matter, Machiavelli. He looked at me with a flat, blank stare and said “Who is Machiavelli?” I immediately responded with the fact that he was the author of The Prince. He again said, what? Now I know that not everyone is a genius and not everyone is a fan of history, but you would think that with the importance of his writings and the influence he had on modern political structuring and leadership that he would at least merit a mention in a history class. He did when I was in school any way, and I’m talking high school too, not college. So I go on about explaining that he was an official in 1500’s Florence, Italy and the guy suddenly blurts out how he remembers now, he was a character from one of the Assassin’s Creed video games. He then proceeds to go on about the Medici and so on and so forth. I finally just brought up the freaking Wikipedia page about him as to not offend his intellect or confuse him with actual historical reference. I mean seriously, is this the best we can do today. Use video games as a reference point for history? The state of the general lack of education makes me weep. I hope my children don’t grow up as retarded as the people around me with their Skyrim and WoW and all that other garbage.
The lack of general education today.