Worse Than Ignorance
Loads of people don’t believe global warming is an issue we should be bothered about at all. Ignoring science to reinforce their belief system. This practice of ignoring something is in my opinion much worse than being ignorant of something. If you never knew something in the first place, then you are ignorant. It’s not a choice you make, it’s just a lack of exposure.
I don’t understand why people throw the word ignorant around as a slur. I’m ignorant of many many things. These things don’t have to be in the realms where genuises live, like the two classics; rocket science, and brain surgery.
I’m equally ignorant of what’s required to drive a train, to breastfeed, or being a member of parliment. I’m probably ignorant of more things than not.
Like global warming deniers, we have gun rights advocates who ignore the everyday loss of life from gun crime. Yet, the higher number of mass shootings in the U.S. versus countries with strict gun control is stark. The numbers are ignored. New fangled things numbers.
We live to live. We breath, drink, and eat to keep our bodies alive. It is our primary function. I’d imagine then that life itself is the most important thing to humans. Yet, these mass shootings where people die in the dozens, don’t even seem to spark enough empathy to bring about change in the law.
It’s not an all or nothing end game, where all guns are taken off people. There is a middle ground where legislation and enforcement e.g. proper vetting, regular competancy testing, storage inspection, etc. you know, common sense approaches, can make gun ownership safe for everyone, including the gun owners and their families, safer.
If the collective loss of life in such a gruesome and abrupt manner as a mass shooting, is not enough to make people want change, what is? When the death of 20 little kids (Sandy Hook) is so inconvienent to gun advocates, they invent conspiracy theories about it, and harass the parents who have lost their little babies. I’m freaked out for the future because there are such large groups of people who bascially don’t give a shit about people dying, and don’t care about those who are grieving their loss (and rubbed in by that vapid phrase “thoughts and prayers”).
When I see these huge social issues, it makes me wonder how we can achieve any lasting good in the world. If we can’t solve people shooting people, how can we solve less daily-life-pressing issues.
I mean, what hope do we have for trying to make the planet a healthier place by rapidly phasing out our use of fossil fuels? If we can’t convince people legislation is needed to stop people getting shot, what hope do we have of attempting to limit the human affects on the environment.
Ignoring is worse than ignorance.