I am in the States celebrating the holiday season with family and yesterday I was asked to host a fun "test your general knowledge" quiz competition amongst competing high schools in my home town. After attending this event I am seriously depressed about our future.. To begin with the questions were none too hard (in keeping with the fun theme of the evening). Catagories included sports, international current events, trivia, entertainment, People in the news etc. No prizes for guessing which category was the easiest for these brain-dead zombies. Everyone seemed to know everything about movies, celebrities, Paris Hilton and even the name of the father of Jamie Lynn Spears' baby. When it came to international current events they could not name 3 countries in Europe (the one group that came close lost out because they could not agree amongst themselves if Germany is in Europ or ASIA!) , what APEC stood for or who the Secretary-General of the U.N was. The icing on the cake was when no one was able to name 15 states in 1 min and could not for the life of them identify Elizabeth II from a recent picture of her (and I would think that she is one of the most instantly recongnized faces in the world today) If this is to be america's "future" I think we are in some serious trouble.