Thinking For Ourselves
Today's post is an opinion piece. I don't do them often but it's been bitey-cold this week, and I do a lot more broader thinking when I'm stuck in the house.
It's no secret there's an unsettling herd mentality in the world today. You can point to all kinds of reasons but I think I've narrowed it down to one very specific cause.
The majority of people no longer think for themselves. They no longer question the status quo.
In a way it's hard to blame them. At every turn, we risk cancel-culture, or being accused of political incorrectness, or outright censorship. I think I feel sorriest for comics. Everything they say nowadays is offensive to someone.
There are memes so we can nod our heads in communal agreement, and a myriad of "experts" to guide us through tougher concepts.
Covid is a prime example. There has been so much back peddling in the last two years, saying one thing and then another. Vaccinated people are still getting sick, and scientists still don't know why some infected people don't get sick at all. Weird, huh?
They. Don't. Know.
The media no longer reports facts, but a narrative on how they want you to side. I go through a great deal of trouble digging through the detritus to get to the kernel of actual fact. It takes up a lot of my time. Good thing I'm retired. It allows me to the do research whenever I find something particularly puzzling or unanswered.
It's very easy to blow holes through a lot of the investigative reporting I read. It's like they're not even trying, yet the public gobbles it up and repeats it, until you guessed it, it becomes "the truth".
There are still real investigative reporters out there, people who ferret out the truth no matter where it leads, but most are independents, and aren't as likely to be hired by corporations with agendas. How convenient is that?
If I could ask for anything, I'd want people to start questioning again, doubting, demanding proof, and holding the liars responsible. If history is any indication, that last part will never happen. But the rest of us can do our small part to make it difficult for those pulling the strings.
I know I'm not the only one who feels that way. I also know I can't sway anyone to do anything that's difficult or tedious. It's easier to go with the flow. Fortunately, I am made of quartz, and that flow will have to go around me until I die.
As for covid, I keep thinking back to how the "ignorant" masses of 1918 treated the Spanish Flu. The ones who were most successful treated their patients with sunshine (providing Vitamin D), fresh air, and clean hands. Back then they had absolutely no medicines to treat this virus. (They didn't even know it was a virus at first. They thought it was bacterial.)
A lot of people died back then. So many, that some communities didn't even bother keeping records. It was far and away much more lethal than covid. Yet to listen to the media today, you'd think the Spanish Flu was only a footnote by comparison.
So what do you think? Are we too willing to accept the news as fact? Do you ever investigate any of the claims? For myself I keep a huge folder full of articles and reports and I've been doing this since 2020.
It's February in north Texas and we're starting to thaw out after our mini ice storm. We lost power for a little while but only because ice accumulated too quickly on our power lines. Once they got the lines free, power was back.
We were well prepared this time. We brought the quail into the house, gave the chickens more bedding and insulated their coop, and we've been feeding the wild birds and squirrels with extra rations of feed. I took out plenty of comfort food for the week of cold: chili, homemade deep dish pizza, meaty ribs, mac and cheese, and a new recipe for me, Greek chicken (very garlicky).
We're over the worst now. Hopefully, that'll be it for the year. We shall see.
How are you faring?