I may have gone a bit far in my title, but I just have to express how deeply distressed I am at the moment about the state of some things in our society.
My most recent upset was started off with a link to an article written by a doctor whom has taken up the stance that she must advocate against the inherent risks associated with a particular profession.
The doctor is mainly only against the education level of her opposition (that the majority never set foot in a for-profit university) and against the inherent risks associated with the location of the practice (outside of the medical establishment).
It doesn’t really matter what she is for or against, really. This is not why I am distressed. If any one person would like to find a left or right, black or white, progressive or regressive, position they will. We humans are good at making ourselves look good and others look bad. It is the effect of positive illusions and it helps us to continue on just like we have endured for the last oh 200,000 years or better.
What are pressing on my mind are the droves of people who follow this lady because she has a Doctorate degree, which in their eyes makes people infallible. I only say this because looking through the comments, the followers kept touting about the opposition not being educated. Even though this was a huge generalization, and that their own statistics showed that a large percentage were middle-class and educated.
What makes them ignore blatant facts in front of them? Instead they want to engage in a bashing war? As if they are hyper focused on only what makes them feel good at the end of the day.
Their back and forth reminded me of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. Philip the brother of Hank is always out to get his shoulder patted for helping out the less fortunate. The outer Philip looks philanthropic and oh so Mother Teresa, but the underlying intention is far from humanitarian.
These people want to look like they are caring about the well being of others, but their actions and words speak greater of dire underlying intentions. I see this often these days.
I am perplexed and very angry that people allow themselves to just be taken over by others and used as pawns.
It is as if there has been a mind virus planted into the perceptions of the people. This virus creates a handle on which a string can be attached when needed and pulled to do the bidding.
I truly hope that this mentality of touting biased, over-generalized information as scientific face that must be accepted because it comes from the educated does not continue to be the norm in our near future.
Aldous Huxley’s A Brave New World gives a peak into a future like that. “Once a perception is accepted, then everyone else must follow because no one could ever be better than the upheld scientific/religious/majority view.”