I heard on the radio about some school down in the southern US where the entire school board is on the brink of replacement due to yet another alternative to Creationism being taught, called “Intelligent Design” and the electorate not wanting it taught. I was under the impression that school was a place for kids to go to learn. How can they learn “everything” when they’re not presented with “everything”? When you learn to drive a car, are you taught how to operate the gas pedal and NOT the brake pedal? No, of course not. So why is it that people are more than happy that their kids are taught that God created everything and nothing else? Shouldn’t the kids be presented with all, or as many alternatives as possible so that the kids can formulate their own opinions about what “they” want to beleive? Oh right, there’s the problem, “Freedom of thought”. I thought society these days had advanced a little beyond the “church is always right, everything else is wrong” type of ideology, but maybe not. I’m not pro-church and I’m not anti-church but before I decide to adopt one ideal over another, I want to see everything thats out there so that I can make an educated decision. You can’t go to court and tell the judge, “Hey I didn’t know that law even existed”. Ignorance of the law is no excuse, so why is ignorance of all “Creationism types” acceptable to people?
This doesn’t just apply to who created what, or how, it could refer to anything that we could possibly consider. The news is a huge perpetrator of this and I am sure its done on purpose. Advertizing is another. They present one or possibly two different and perhaps opposing views but not necessarily all. This can skew how people take what is being presented to them. Some will take it verbatim and be totally ignorant of all other possibilities, others will go and research it themselves until they have exhausted all possible alternatives then make their own “educated” conclusions. Which is better? Which is worse?, Who will do what? I think in general we take what we are given, mash it around with other ignorances that we all have and come to some other possibly further ignorant conclusions. Thats just us, thats the way we work.
JOKE OF THE DAY:
A blonde had just purchased some lingerie and asked if she might have the sentence, “If you can read this you’re too damn close” embroidered on her panties and bra.
“Yes Madame,” said the clerk. “I’m quite certain that could be done. Would you prefer block or script letters?”
“Braille,” she replied.