Winter has returned on this June Solstice in the Willamette Valley. Don’t get me wrong; it’s not that I expected or wanted massive tornados or early flooding, but I did hope for a different season to appear this morning. I am, after all, sitting near the 45th parallel of North America, and the Gregorian calendar on my wall denotes today as the first twenty-four-hour period of the 2013 summer. But it’s still winter—chilly, dark, and rainy.
I don’t know what to expect anymore.
Some folks adamantly claim we have trashed the environment and effected climate change. Other folks are just as adamant with their opposite view. Both sides tout scientific evidence. Both sides seem to bark with extremist attitudes. In my opinion, any extremist viewpoint misses the mark. And science… it no longer exists; we have only a community of people milling about in lab coats under the employ of a private enterprise that wants nothing except yours and my money. (Check the labs at your local university and see who’s funding the research.)
I openly admit, to the chagrin and astonishment of the world, that I will remain faithful to the science of the 1800s.
There was a time, or so I’ve read in the particular novels and textbooks that grace my bookshelves, when people held truth at a premium. Bargains were struck with handshakes, and people were bound by their word. Folks esteemed one another for upholding personal honor, and that of their families. Great stories have been written about knights of particular chivalry.
Such ideas no longer exist. I peruse the internet each morning, and am appalled by the sloppiness and lack of attention reflected in the words people publish in cyberspace. Most people seem unconcerned about what kind of drivel they write, just as long as they post first.
I hold them culpable for purposeful deception—purposeful because they don’t care whether their verbal excrement is accurate, precise, or even true. They desire only to be shocking and flamboyant, because they have a misconception that their “social status” is elevated by their actions. They are of the opinion that the world actually wants to know their specific opinion, out of all 7.5 billion opinions festering beneath the sun.
I read an article two days ago which stated that, collectively, humans are getting dumber. I believe that, only because it reinforces my dumb opinion.