The problem of this election is not one of demagoguery, personal accusations and ill manners, it is one of trust. Who can we trust? Can we trust the candidates as both have shown the ability to lie at will? Can we trust the media when a simple auditing and count of the headlines will show their bias? Can we trust the newspapers when they too are easily outed as biased? Can we trust the FBI, apparently not? Can we trust our neighbors, possibly, but only if they don’t believe what they read or see on the internet? Can we trust facts? Certainly, but whose facts and where are we to find them? Can we trust scientific journals when we discover they retract and at times don’t even research the papers they publish?
About the only thing we can trust anymore is our own minds and even that becomes suspect when the overwhelming pitter patter of lies insidiously lodges in the dark recesses of our unconscious and feeds our own personal biases under the table. Can we trust our universities to present unbiased information and prepare our children for the real world or at least let them make their own decisions on what to believe, what to read and what to say? Can we trust our family or are they infected but not yet contagious? Can we trust insurance companies that strangely, like no other business, cancel you as a customer for using their product?
Our world has become filled with used car salesmen, if you are going to buy their product you better be able to look in the engine compartment and understand what you are seeing and at least know enough to kick the tires.
Education is the key but it has to be rough and tumble education it can’t be defined or contained by guidelines of what is popular or “trending.”
A teacher needs to do two things. Give you the information you need to understand the popular reality and secondly the freedom to question or change it if needed.
If we truly listen to those we disagree with we will find that in almost all cases their arguments have grains of truth, truths that we have either chosen to ignore or de-value. The list is endless from , abortion to immigration, taxation, guns, evolution, foreign aid, The AFCA, The NCLB, the space program, bullying programs in our schools and potholes in our streets. Every one of these things has its place in our society if we know enough about them to make an informed decision as to what, when, where, who, why and how and “Aye there’s the rub.” We don’t have the facts to make those decisions because the facts are colored by our own bias and opinions and the unceasing drumbeat of false information we receive from those institutions we used to trust.
To illustrate the problem try to define “bullying” in such a way as to cover all the negatives and also the positives, yes there are positives. What is the difference between an arbitrary rule, the enforcement of that rule, and bullying I defy you to write it down. And in reality bullying programs in schools are a band-aid because they attempt to control bullying not learn to handle it. When school ends does bullying end? Does protecting you from bullying constitute a life long solution to bullying or simply not prepare you for future reality If you think about it bullying is present in many marriages, work places our health care system and our politics. It is a part of daily life, it is not going away because of control measures in our school system ( please note this is not saying that we should ignore bullying)
We are sadly in need of a white knight, who does not care about our feelings but what is right for the country someone that we can disagree with but trust to do what is fair, just and right. Where oh where is that person?