The Coronavirus has illustrated the ongoing tension existing between science and reality.
Here’s what I mean. Science is a system of observation of facts and reality, for many, consists only of feelings.
Scientists tell us that global warming is a fact. However, many of us feel it’s another anti-capitalism hoax.
Corona, to many, is little more than a common flu. Pointing out that thousands die every year from the flu, these people feel that bodies piling up in funeral homes and hospitals being overwhelmed with gravely ill patients is nothing more than a bad common cold.
Science has even attacked our diets.
I don’t know about you but there is no way I am sticking to a Paleolithic diet when there are honest to goodness American Hot Dogs to be grilled this Memorial Day weekend. Besides, if the Paleolithic Diet is so great, how come there are no cave men around or dinosaurs?
I’ll tell you why! When you complement a Paleolithic Diet with a huge asteroid hitting the Earth, it can be absolutely lethal to your longevity.
Remember what George Orville taught us, “Who controls the past, controls the future.”
A spinoff of this is who controls the present controls the past and the future if they can get people to drink the KoolAid.
In the next decade it has been estimated that information will double every two years. My only question is:
WILL ANY OF IT BE TRUE?
I am having a hard enough time sifting through all the misinformation we have now. There are so many doubts that haunt me in the still hours of the morning.
Did Lee Harvey Oswald act alone?
Did we actually land on the moon?
Did Jose Altuve where a buzzer under his jersey?
And with all of this you’re telling me that there will be even more information to doubt in the coming ten years?
It’s getting so that belief in anything takes a leap of faith more dubious than anything religion offers for consideration. Even watching Netflix can be excruciating on that score.
I started a series about UFOs indicating that many of our most recent presidents (except the current one) believe in UFOs with several having had a personal experience.
Spoiler alert. In one instance Richard Nixon is said to have brought Jackie Gleason to a Florida (of course) air base where they saw aliens just lying there, lifeless. It is said that Gleason was so unerved that he was unable to eat for days.
Now, if you can’t believe Richard Nixon and Ralph Kramden, who can you believe?
Marshall McLuhan wrote in Understanding Media, “The medium is the message.” How information was delivered or shared was more important than the information itself. You only have to visit Twitter and Facebook to understand that it is the intimacy that we have in the new global electronic village that trumps what is actually shared for our viewing pleasure.
Whether any of the information is true or not, there will be millions who will swear that what, “I read on Facebook about…” was as true as John’s Gospel.
I remember when a common thing you would here back in the day was that ,”You can’t believe everything you read in newspapers.” People didn’t call it fake news but there was a healthy skepticism about certain stories.
Today, I am learning not to believe anything I read on Facebook or Twitter unless of course I want to.
After all, we determine for ourselves what is truth.