While growing up I often heard vague advice on avoiding hot-topics like religion and politics in discussions with people I don’t know very well. Like sex, religion and politics are personal and often only on the block with well-known intimates, not in daily interactions.
No longer. What was once private is now exposed. Social media has removed the veil. You know exactly where one stands most of the time. There are still a handful of people with enough social grace to never participate or only offer as much as a food pic on Instagram or a family photo on Facebook. Few still leave all political viewpoints for sharing with their bed partner.
On the flip-side, some specifically open social media accounts to push their political view, religious belief or atheism, science based post, or a groupthink Facebook page to like. In positive ways, a barrier has been broken and we know exactly who our like-minded tribe members are. With so much happening so fast, it’s nice to know where to gravitate, generally. But we are also making snap judgements more quickly too; or at least we have to, if we are to keep up with all the drama. Despite the confidence each one of us feels towards who we’d likely grab a beer with, most of our behavior and choices are based in emotion and from a biased perspective. Very, very rarely are any of us completely objective.
The unfortunate reality is one sour thought or behavior can pigeon-hole someone. In the extreme example, one is seen to be ‘cultish’ about their belief, i.e. the raw foods vegan or the staunch supporter of a political candidate -even when we don’t know any other thing about the person! I’ve frequently made note of this here: humans aren’t one dimensional. There exist gay Christian conservatives, scientist who go to church every Sunday, fiscally conservative liberals, Jews and Muslims who eat pork… really an endless list. Of course, it is healthy to make a generalization when a person wants to commit evil.
Here science and futurism have entered into the waters A Bridge to Cross the US-Mexico Border Using Robots
We have all collectively just acknowledged Earth Day. I say ‘acknowledge’, because some mock it and some celebrate. Does this imply the ones mocking don’t recycle or ride their bicycle? No.
What Really Happened After A Huge Asteroid Hit Earth 66 Million Years Ago? The article isn’t specific to climate change, but I share for two reasons: it is a nerdy fun time of a read, and, while reading it I was reflecting on the enormity of one’s ego to believe their behavior is of consequence. Collectively as 7+ billion yes, don’t get me wrong. Nor am I excusing wastefulness, not recycling or driving exhaust producing vehicles, or eating excessive amounts of meat (our biggest contributor of carbon dioxide to the ozone). We should appreciate our land and what bounty it has. But political agenda has given way to fear-mongering manipulation, that’s what i’m saying. I’m knocking political agenda, not science. There are scientist on both sides of the climate change argument. And there are and will continue to be many positives for science getting involved Could a New Plastic-Eating Bacteria Help Combat Pollution?