Brains for the betterment of mankind
The grey matter throughout the human central nervous system enables individuals to control movement, memory and emotions. Most people have enough of the stuff to make a difference, but I must protest the notion that all men and women are created equal. Those are wonderful, inspirational words and aspirational goals, but the statement is simply not true.
When I used to argue this point with philosophy majors, I asked a straightforward question. If all people are created equal, then why is it that some can sing while others cannot carry a tune? Well, DNA or luck bestows certain gifts. Some people can swiftly swim or run like crazy, while others sit on the shore or plod along. I won’t overdose today’s post with all the stupid things some folks are believing these days, but there are many and I’ll share some of them.
There are those who follow the path of Scientology, which is neither a science nor a theology. The core belief is a human is an immortal, spiritual being or “thetan.” They claim the thetan lives in human form and that all of us came from extraterrestrial cultures. Roy Wallis was a sociologist and Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the Queen’s University in Belfast. He taught that Scientology is a movement straddling the boundaries between psychology and religion and uses a graded hierarchy of ‘auditing’ and ‘training’ with the intention of releasing the individual’s full potential. People believe so much in these principles that they give the church millions of dollars. One might say none of the church’s claims are provable, but then who cares as long as it floats your boat.
There’s another group of people who suck large amounts of tar and nicotine into their lungs daily and buy perfectly legal things called cigarettes to accommodate their addiction. More than seven million people around the world die from tobacco related illnesses every year. According to the CDC, more than 16 million Americans are living with a disease caused by smoking. For every person who dies because of smoking, at least 30 others live with serious smoking-related illnesses. Some even know the dangers of smoking, but don’t stop either because they don’t care or they can’t because of their addiction to the pleasure of nicotine.
During the reign of the last president, many believed he could do no harm and they believed most of the 30,000 lies he told during his term in office. It didn’t matter if a new lie was totally in conflict with a previous lie. His sycophants believed their safety and well-being was linked to the man’s rhetoric and theories, despite the fact finding to extract truths was an easy endeavor. Our ex-president believed whatever he wanted and then disseminated his “knowledge” to the masses through his powerful social media presence and pulpit. Even though his “remedies” for Covid-19 were useless, people believed him. Were they stupid, lazy or just incapable of intelligent thinking? Perhaps we’ll never know. It’s hard to study someone who refuses to believe evidence of truth.
That brings us to “Jack and the Beanstalk,” first seen in 1734 as an olde English fairytale named “The Story of Jack Spriggins and the Enchanted Bean.” Here’s how it goes. Jack, a poor country boy, trades the family cow for a handful of magic beans which grow into an enormous stalk reaching far up into the clouds. Jack climbs the beanstalk and finds himself in the castle of an unfriendly giant. The giant senses Jack’s presence and cries, Fee-fi-fo-fum! I smell the blood of an Englishman. Be he alive, or be he dead, I’ll grind his bones to make my bread.
Jack outwits the giant and retrieves many goods once stolen from his family, including a bag of gold. He also scores an enchanted goose that lays golden eggs and a magic golden harp that plays and sings by itself. Jack then escapes by chopping down the beanstalk. The pursuing giant falls to his death, and Jack and his family prosper. Now, is this story believable? Some lacking critical thinking might surely say it is. But why would a giant live in the sky? And if the beanstalk was the only way for the giant to descend and rob, why would the victims ever grow beans? And what drives this particular giant to have such a quandary with English people?
I was given an email this week claiming the Covid vaccines don’t work, no one is properly treating the coronavirus and the medical profession is fooling everyone. They suggest that doctors treat the disease by plugging patients into ventilators and waiting for them to die. They profess wild theories that we are not doing enough to study “known cures.” Goofball Senator Rand Paul says that “hatred of Trump” is blocking research into ivermectin, a deworming medication for livestock that some vaccine skeptics are touting as the miracle cure for humans suffering with Covid.
Okay, please let me properly position this. That animal medication is made by a multi-national company named Merck, which makes $9.7 billion a year selling chemicals and pharmaceutical products around the world. If they surmised ivermectin could be a solid cure for Covid, they would have done the research themselves and, if the treatment worked, they would have made tons of money selling it around the world. But hey, don’t listen to me; here are some statements from Merck: “No scientific basis for a potential therapeutic effect against COVID-19 from pre-clinical studies; No meaningful evidence for clinical activity or clinical efficacy in patients with COVID-19 disease; Because of a concern and lack of safety data in most studies, we do not believe that the data available support the safety and efficacy of ivermectin beyond the doses and populations indicated in the regulatory agency-approved prescribing information.”
Why would Rand Paul suggest, in such a high-profile way, that this horse and cow drug could be a possible Covid treatment without providing any scientific evidence to prove his claim? Instead of using his grey matter for the betterment of man and womankind, he’s just created a problem. People will try the remedy. Some may get sick or even die.
I received another stupid counterfeit-science email from a medical doctor who proclaimed two measures would prevent getting Covid-19: 1) Gargle with Listerine two to three times per day, 2) Use Xlear allergy nasal spray, available at Whole Foods, two to three times per day to kill Covid before or after acquiring it. This total bullshit from a licensed doctor is nothing less than potentially harmful information.
These doctors’ ramblings fail to mention the three credible and approved VACCINES that help prevent the spread of the virus. Gargling with mouthwash won’t keep you from getting herpes, let alone Covid-19. Us humans are a dumb lot, but we are becoming even more stupid when dealing with something we don’t understand? Why wouldn’t the thetan keep the Covid away? Why doesn’t all that tar in the lungs of cigarette smokers make them immune? Why wouldn’t everyone agree to chop down the beanstalk to kill the virus? Why aren’t we smart enough to just take the vaccine?
I’ll conclude with a quote from one of my philosopher friends, “Apparently the people’s right to know ENDS when the people don’t WANT to know.” God protect us.
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