I Was Here First
An angry man, scaling the cliffs of coherence and only rarely reaching the top.

An Opinion Piece

This won’t win me any friends.

Your opinions are wrong.
Your friends’ opinions are wrong.
Those wise and lauded words you heard at your grandfather’s knee back in the days of yore? Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

My opinions? Yep. Wrong.

This may come across a little Fight Club….

We’re a generation raised in a world gone political correctness mental, where the authorities and anyone with a legitimate public voice is so afraid of offending someone or alienating a certain sub-section of society that “wrong” has become a filthy word. No one wants to be the one to say “Shut up. Sit down. You’re an idiot and you are wrong” for fear of being labeled an intolerant bigot. Instead we suffer through the simpering choruses of insufferable platitudes amounting to “well, everyone’s entitled to their own opinion”. And that’s true. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. But not every opinion is as intelligent, or as well thought out as we’d like it to be, ergo, not every opinion is equal. Some opinions are just flat out WRONG.

However, it’s this pacifistic attitude to disagreement that is so rife in society today that allows things like Creationism to be taught as a viable alternative to evolutionary theory in schools. Just to put that into perspective, it’s like being taught (with a completely straight face) that Santa is how you get your presents come Christmas morning. Until you’re 16.

One of the teachers out there presenting intelligent design as a legitimate rival to evolutionary theory says that “to critique Darwinism is quite appropriate”, and he’s quite right. All scientific theories should be contested continually; it’s how we prove they work. But here’s the kicker; to challenge a scientific theory, you’re going to need some evidence (a book written 4000 years ago by an unwashed lunatic, fresh from the desert and sporting a beard you could hide children in doesn’t count). And another thing; it helps to have a theory that doesn’t require the student to disregard thousands of years of scientific study in order for it to work.

It’s a horrendous enough state of affairs when otherwise educated people allow this kind of babbling irrationality to sway them, but even worse when the system they’re operating in has elevated opinion up onto such a high pedestal that they can’t be told they’re wrong without coming off as intolerant. We’re effectively sacrificing common sense upon the altar of individuality, and it’s a dangerous path to take.

Don’t get me wrong; I’ve read my Orwell. I know that diversity of opinion is a wonderful thing, but people seem to be forgetting that (generally) society is a network of people that all work together for a greater purpose. Debate and diversity should be encouraged, always, just as long as there are people with enough common sense to make sure the ignorant never acquire a louder voice than they deserve. Otherwise things like this tend to happen. Everyone is entitled to have their opinion heard, but that doesn’t mean we have to listen to all of them.

But that’s just my opinion.


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