What if what extremists believe were true?

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We know a lot. We have libraries full of books. Scientific journals publish in-depth studies on unnumbered questions of interest. We can look up things almost instantly using the internet. Yet, we read and apparently believe much that is patently ridiculous. What if what some say and seem to believe were true?

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Consider these false claims:

    • The less government the better.
    • We’re broke.
    • No one wants to work any more.
    • Kids are uneducated.
    • Public school teachers are only interested in money.
    • National educational standards are wrong.
    • Nothing threatens the environment.
    • Climate change is impossible, a hoax.
    • Women and men are genetically unequal in most human activities.

All of the above are actively promoted by self-serving propaganda, and are echoed by many of us. But what if we really believed them to be true?

    • If it were true that government always does too much, why have any?
    • If we are broke, how can we spend more on our military than the rest of the world combined? Shouldn’t we rely on a rifleman behind every tree or a private militia loyal to a warlord?
    • If no one wants to work anymore, why do we see people working at dangerous, difficult, low-paying jobs. If it were true, should we return to the stone age, grow our own food, live in caves?
    • If public education is a failure, and few have money for private schools, what then: home schooling or none?
    • If the people in a locality believe only in 19th century education, so be it. Is that a good plan?
    • People and businesses should act without concern for the environment or any restraint.
    • Burn, baby, burn.
    • Gender discrimination in wages, education, politics and business is justified.

It must be true, that while many repeat and seem to believe ridiculous ideas, the majority knows better and acts accordingly.

© William Hungerford – March 2014

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6 Responses to What if what extremists believe were true?

  1. BOB McGILL says:

    “It must be true, that while many repeat and seem to believe ridiculous ideas, the majority knows better and acts accordingly.”
    This is not necessarily true, sometimes humans only face facts when it is too late. Many civilizations, cultures and empires have failed and disappeared. Throughout history the only thing than seems to prevail is ” survival of the fittest “. Noone knows the outcome till the END and then it’s too late. In the past man has been able to just move on to a better place, but that option is no longer available. History tells us that when the weak are many and the strong are few the system will collapse. When in Rome do as the Romans seems to be the general attitude in this country.
    The warning signs are there but the majority feels that it is useless to try to do anything about it.

  2. whungerford says:

    Bob, we agree on this: “sometimes humans only face facts when it is too late.” At the top of my list is climate change. Many experts believe it is a big problem with serious consequences. We would do well to address it, don’t you think?

    Tom Reed thinks that our biggest problem is debt. Reed is no economist; many experts, including Larry Summers, the 8th Director of the National Economic Council, disagree as well as economists at the IMF. Should we trust Reed’s judgement on this? I think not.

  3. BOB McGILL says:

    First of all I have a hard time siding with anything you say. As for global warming I think it would depend on where you have your money, or get your money. I will not repeat myself on this in detail, I will just say global warming is a hoax dreamed up by the DEMOCRATS. As for the debt, I will just say the economy STINKS, and nobody knows exactly how to fix it except by spending money they don’t have, and some of it is MINE.
    Now for the peanut gallery, if you don’t like what I write, don’t read it, scolding me for doing what everyone else is doing only tells me I struck a nerve.

  4. solodm says:

    There is your question for the point-counter-point editorials.

  5. solodm says:

    Sorry, the above sentence was directed to William.

  6. BOB McGILL says:

    The Duke paper, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is an expansion of a 2011 study that attracted widespread attention for its finding that drilling was polluting some water wells with methane. The new study includes results from 141 northeastern Pennsylvania water wells. It found methane levels were an average of six times higher in the water wells closer to drilling sites, compared with those farther away. Ethane, another component of natural gas, was 23 times higher in the homes closer to drilling.
    Some of the methane was at dangerous levels. The study found 12 homes with levels above the recommended federal limit of 28 milligrams per liter, and 11 of those water wells were closer to gas drilling sites. Jackson said the researchers believe that faulty drilling can cause methane pollution, but that natural causes can, too. Eighty percent of all the water wells they tested contained some level of methane, including many with no nearby drilling.
    In 2011, Pennsylvania strengthened rules for the steel casing and cement around the top of a gas well that are meant to protect water supplies from contamination, but some older wells weren’t drilled to those standards.
    There was some good news, Jackson said: The Duke researchers haven’t found any evidence that chemicals from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, have contaminated water wells.
    The situation is complicated because Pennsylvania has many layers of oil, gas, and coal-bearing rock as well as natural faults. All those can enable gas to seep naturally into water wells, even in areas without drilling.

    But of course, you wouldn’t expect anyone to drill where there are high levels of naturally occuring methane,anyway,would you.

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