Alright, I have reached the point to write the post that I swore to myself I would not write. Why? Because people do not seem to remember what facts are. Here are the two reasons why I loathed to pen this:
- It’s politics and people are so blind even though they claim to be open.
- Facts don’t matter to the modern American. Just what someone is saying.
So, why am I? Mostly to get it out of my system but also because it needs to be said, even though the majority is going to skim this.
The World As We know it
If anything, the President of the United States is the epitome of our present problem. A hyperbolic liar with no hesitation to bend or disregard facts that don’t suit him and his narrative. Everyone else has done it but not so obviously.
The United States has lost what the meaning of facts are and have confused the idea of fact with opinion.
From the beginning of the American election and just even today, it seems the majority of the populace prefer to believe what they are being told instead of looking at the facts. Why avoid the facts? Because they are pain incarnate. Our entire world view is built on this and a fact can destroy it irrevocably.
Do you believe vaccines cause autism? Well, there are actually hundreds of studies to prove that there is no evidence to support vaccines are linked to autism. If you just began to formulate a response to disprove it, you just disregarded a fact.
I’m not going to go into a debate about Dr. Andrew Wakefield and his fraud, follow the link. I just wanted to show you that people do it all the time and accepting that something you believe was actually incorrect is extremely difficult and painful. It’s a fact of life for being human.
Everybody now is a self-expressed expert in everything. Why listen to a doctor when Web MD told you the truth? Why listen to a pediatrician about your kids cause of people’s “experiences” on Tumblr or Pintrest? We have gone to the herd mentality of if everyone says the same thing, so it must be right.
Why Facts are important
Just look at our history. Everybody believed that sun went around the Earth hundreds of years ago. As we know now, it was not true. But everybody believed it so by that herd mentality, it was right.
The Dictionary describes a fact as a: “a truth known by actual experience or observation; something known to be true”
Facts are what keep us grounded and able to function in the world. Facts are analyzed through logic and deduction. Not the unsubstantiated opinion of a person or organization. It’s pretty much, you ask yourself “Does A + B really equal C?”
Facts: Is Donald Trump Sexist?
Here’s an example of a common fact/opinion crap going around online.
Statement: Donald Trump is not sexist because he “respects women.”
Fact: Trump has claimed to respect women(1), Trump has been recorded to have sexually assaulted a woman(2),Trump has made sexually harassing comments(3)
Conclusion: The facts both past and present do not support Trump’s claim that he is not sexist. Conclusion is that Trump is sexist.
Will he like to know that? Of course not! People who support him will like that? Of course not!
So instead of looking at these facts, they do everything in their power to obfuscate or deflect the facts by lying (also called alternative facts by the way) and trying to place blame on others. Just like a three-year old covered in chocolate saying that his younger brother ate the candy. The fact is the candy is right there on the face. We are just turning a blind eye.
What does that Mean for Us?
Actually, I really don’t care what you think of this or the arguments you are formulating right now. What it means is that we are in a lot shittier place when we accept facts.
The United States is being run by people who are lying, stealing, cheats who use patriotic words and expert deflection to keep the fact that they don’t care about us but only themselves.
The midterm elections are coming and I really wish I could tell you that you can make a difference, the problem is that anybody running for those seats are equally, if not worse than who is sitting there now.
Your only option is to approach the polls with the idea of “I know these are the problems but can this person help in the end? Does the evidence support it?”
If not, this stupid cycle will keep going on and on.