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You raised an interesting point, we are all living in paper bags, big or small.
Yes, our living environment, such as school and media are making the paper bags for us, but the main reason is ourselves.
We received basic knowledge in school, but these knowledge are not enough. If we do not continue to listen and learn, our paper bags are limited.
Needless to say, not all students are smart enough to assort what the teachers taught. This makes a further limitation. Also, we will forget about them when the knowledge are not related with our career.
Dr. Watson was surprised when Sherlock Holmes shown no knowledge of the earth is orbiting the sun. But Holmes replied: what is the matter with me if the earth is orbiting the moon?
I can say, the majority of people in this world prefer small paper bags. The daily work are hard already, who care for the world?
Even the one who are responsible for world affair are living in paper bags. I remember President Bush replied the letter from an English school, and address them as ‘young American’. And six American leading politicians wrote to ROK President Kim Dae Jong, address him as ‘the President of Republic of South Korea’, asking if he will run the second term of presidency.
So many of us critics: people who do not know something because they were not told, people who know something particularly well because they were trained. We have seen too many examples raised for people to support their argument. This is particularly true for media to cover news and report, very often with bias.
We cannot know everything, we are living in paper bags. But we can make our bags larger if we are interested. Don’t wait to be told, and use you own judgment to read what you were told.