If you have spent any time in the land of Berkeley, you understand that it is the epicenter of group think. Tolerance exists only for those who share their views, no matter how absurd. It is a fun place to watch because you will never encounter another city where everyone tells one another how brilliant they are for thinking just like they do. This is not an exaggeration. If happens in coffee shops, restaurants, grocery stores, even on the sidewalk. They agree they are the smartest people on the planet--who can argue it is not the nuclear free street signs that have kept the nuclear weapons away for decades now--and challenging those thoughts will bring about a prick.
Many have heard about the "controversy" regarding the Marine recruiting station, but it is not much of a surprise:
"...the council retreated on the symbolic aspect of its actions from Jan. 29 (it never was in a position to make the Marines leave), it ignored the practical -- giving a free parking space and noise permit once a week to the protest group Code Pink to harass people at the station; and encouraging people in the city to impede the Marines' recruiting mission.
Therein lies the intolerance and sense of moral superiority." [Read]
Pseudo-intellectualism wears its crown in Berkeley; one of those special places where the art of conversation and debate is dead. The safety and security of intelligence agreed upon instead of earned through the challenge and rigor of reasoned debate is why the inconsequential ignorant are drawn to this very small town. It is a comfort zone for those without the ability to process the true dichotomy of man as a whole.
Berkeley: The ignorant fool's paradise.
Is there any greater a place for the pseudo-intellectual of our time?
Great thinkers leave; those who what to think they are great follow.