What do you do when something BIG happens in our society (a tragedy like 9/11 or JFK, etc) and you need to formulate an opinion about it? And what if the data you receive from the media and other sources is conflictive, complicated and confusing? Your opinion matters. You’re an important part of this society. You want to be on the “right” side of the argument. But how do you really know WHAT TO THINK?
Whether it’s cancer, HIV, or any other disease, the search is always on to find the cure. Most of us can attest to the undeniable strides achieved by modern medicine in the last 100 years or so. This large success rate easily convinces us that “all” of Western medicine is nothing short of miraculous. But, without taking anything away from its achievements, a critical look is also warranted, particularly when looking at some illnesses which are not only NOT conquered, but are in fact on the rise.
You’d think that when a domestic abuse victim in our society goes out and tells everyone her story (sadly, it is typically a woman), everyone who learns about this would be outraged, rally around her, offer support, roundly criticize and try to bring to justice the wrong-doer, and generally try to uncover what has happened.
I’m old enough to remember where I was when JFK was shot. I was 5 or 6 years old and was visiting with my grandma. I remember how shocked she was, crying “oh my God!.” It’s one of those early memories which will never leave me.
I often wonder how close-minded some people are. Once they arrive at an opinion about something, it seems unassailable from that point on. I used to think that this type of arrogance only applies to unintelligent and ignorant people and that anyone who’s even slightly enlightened will always be able to at least consider an opposing view. I was wrong.