Bullshit baffles brains. We all know that.
That’s why we believe the ignorant opinionists over the scientific community.
It doesn’t make sense but we’ve been backing bullshit over brains for a century — ever since man got smart enough to understand science.
Take global warming. All but a few scientists agree we’re heading into unprecedented peril: global warming is, in large measure, caused by man. Yet the majority of us who know little more about climate than what the weather is doing outside, believe that global warming is a crock.
Why? Because we listen to the bullshitters.
And why do we do that? Because there is in most of us a warm and fuzzy faith in the devil we know.
Hey, we know him, we’re used to him, he doesn’t make us do anything. But the devil we don’t? Ah, that’s a whole different deal. He makes us act; he makes us change; he makes us take risks.
Conservatism is another word for status quo. Don’t take us out of our comfort zone; don’t foist those liberal ideas on us. Leave us with the devil we know.
So they beat their drums to do nothing — and against change. They have their arguments:
- statistics — ya, 1,000 scientists agree, but one doesn’t, so there is no unanimity, there is doubt.
- anecdotal evidence — it was colder last February than I ever remembered. Global warming, are you kidding?
- economics — change is going to cost too much, we’re going to lose jobs.
- deflection — we’ve got too much to worry about already.
- blame — it’s China. Have you ever seen pictures of their smog?
What never seems to be factored into the arguments of the stand-patters is the risk of doing nothing. What if they’re wrong? It could well be catastrophic … and as immediately as imperilling their children, certainly their grandchildren.
It’s all well and good to mock the alarmists as so many Cassandras … but Cassandra was right! And so, by any empirical measure, are the scientists who have used actual data to make their case, not the comfort food of do-nothing banalities.
We have to find a spine. It is long past time to give up on the devil we know. He hasn’t done us any favours and he is just about to do us irreparable harm.
It’s time we go with the devil we don’t know. He just could be our saviour.
There is a much more compelling argument here.