Sunday, January 29, 2017

Educate Yourself

It's been a very long time since I shared anything on this blog...I fear I have let the journey overtake me a bit. But with what's happening in this country right now, I find myself needing to slow down the journey and pay a little more attention to things.

What has inspired me at this moment is "the wall." I got into an online argument with someone about "the wall" and that person's lack of any knowledge about "the wall" appalled me. I had posted a link to a BBC article about the negative aspects of "the wall" in terms of wildlife, which is something not a lot of folks seem to be paying attention to. This person's arguments started with "that article isn't even real because the images of 'the wall' are fake since it hasn't been built yet" - which showed the person's lack of any knowledge about "the wall" as 40% of the 2,000 mile shared border with Mexico IS already home to "the wall." But the statement from that person that really got me was "the animals will just have to decide which side of the wall they want to live on." Let that statement sink in for a minute.....

So, all the wildlife that lives in the border region is supposed to make a conscious decision about whether they want to live in Mexico or the United States. Will they take a poll? Sign some sort of oath about their country of choice? What the hell?!?!?! After a rather protracted exchange with this person, trying to get them to actually READ the article (which I truly don't think ever happened), and trying to get them to see the idiocy of their statements, I gave up and said "I guess it's best that we agree to disagree." As Winston Churchill said, "Never engage in a battle of wits with an unarmed man."

Approve or disapprove of our government leadership right now, the lack of knowledge - and worse the lack of desire for knowledge - of a lot of our citizenry, and seemingly a lot of our government, right now is absolutely terrifying. And it's quite possibly the main reason our country is heading in the direction it is.

Please, little ones, educate yourselves. Do not take anything at face value. Take the time and do the work to learn every side of every issue. Make your own judgment based on ALL the information. Our future is at stake....educate yourself!