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?
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