Thursday, February 14, 2019

Children Reaching for the Heavens

Throughout history mankind has been plagued with discovery that we know less than we thought; from discovery of new lands across an "endless" ocean, to discovering a world of subatomics, finding dangerous carcinogens in our homes with asbestos and lead, "discovering" fat was bad, then finding the substitute of sugar was worse, to finding harmful BPA and Pthalates in the plastic that surrounds us and our children. Science and common thought was that we knew it all, that our ingenuity and knowledge knew no bounds, our logic knew no error, and the end of each day or year, we are proven wrong. A new advance is made, an old truth has been disproved and a new truth has risen.
And yet every day, every year we are certain, nay arrogant, in our knowledge, that this time we know it all, that this time we have nothing further to learn. And in an era of the uber wealthy and the democracy throttling mega-corp, we run into a time when it is not just arrogance that stifles introspection, it is the corporate bottom line: the need to answer to Wall Street that limits our scope. For when science and creative thought run wild, things change, there is disruption, and this can not be, not for Corporate America or Corporate Earth; for they have reports, they have investors. And thus we live in an age of the savvy marketer. Where facts run wild and loose, where sound bytes rule, and scientific curiosity is squashed in favor of the profitable pursuit.

We are not unique, we have not learned it all, we are but children reaching for the heavens, trying to grasp for the stars. Today you know everything, but tomorrow you will learn something new. The science isn't settled, it is always moving.

Never cease asking questions, and always look to who may benefit most from an argument, and if a person or industry has no check, no balance, then maybe they have no reason to tell you the truth, and every incentive to lie for gain.

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