Friday, June 8, 2012

“There are many things of which a wise man might wish to be ignorant.”

Today in The Daily Show an important point in today’s society. Public criticism is very often aimed at morality – what is fair game, what is the right thing to do. These are subjective, especially in a country where most publicly speaking people are in two large groups, parties, which conflict with each other at every possible step – they actually try to oppose the other side even if there is no actual point in conflicting. Subjective commentaries, decisions, and assessments rule the open media with an iron hoof. The closest thing to empiric measurements or fact-searching is open polls – after all, isn’t science a democratic virtue, hence democratic in itself?

Opinions can be turned, they can be misunderstood, they can be manipulated. Facts cannot. They are solid, that is why they are facts. They tell us very little and are almost never useful as they are, it requires interpreting for them to be of any use. And for some reason or another people have stopped interpreting. Perhaps because they keep misinterpreting the facts, perhaps because they don’t *need* to. Perhaps because they cannot differentiate between fact and fiction. In the modern world, I have no choice but to admit that the overabundance of information does make it rather difficult to process the information perceived.

But that is why there are movies like ‘What the Bleep do we know?’ where facts are twisted, where conclusions are drawn illogically, where false interpretations are shown as extremely convincing arguments. It is why there are shows like ‘Continuum’ where the bad guys have a ‘good’ cause and the good guys have an ‘evil’ cause. It is why in ‘Babylon 5’ the most barbaric character ended up a philosopher and the friendly guy became the wolf in sheepskin. It is why this blog exists.

To make you think.


Also on The Daily Show: NY plans to allow 25g of marijuana for carrying around but large sugary drinks would still be illegal…

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