The short answer to this question is… yes and no. Of course, asking this question SHOULD have a black and white answer. Either a person believes science is real, or not. I don’t really think there’s a halfway thing with this. It’s like math. Either you agree that 2 and 2 make 4, or you don’t. But with a certain group of people (some who have unfriended me on Facebook because I voted for Trump, a vote that has hurt my dating life, by the way), it seems as if they believe in science when it fits their agenda. I know that’s not true for all, though.
Strictly from a recruiting standpoint, I’d say there is nothing wrong with accentuating the strong points of one’s worldview. For example, if you want someone to come work for your company, you would tell them all the great things about the company and all the bad things would be shuffled under the carpet never to be mentioned. Again, there isn’t necessarily anything wrong, selfish, or sinister about that. But where it gets prickly is when a particular point in your worldview is used against you.
For a while this group was all about that
bass phrase, “my body, my choice.” It was a war cry in marches and protests all over the United States. But now that the coronavirus vaccine is a hot button issue, folks are completely flipping on a person’s right to personal choice. They say if you don’t want to get the vaccine, you’re selfish and terrible and ought to be shunned from society. But what about that whole “my body, my choice” thing? You see, when it doesn’t fit in their plans, it conveniently goes away.
Science also shows a few different things supporting the view that life begins at conception. I’ve written about the touchy abortion topic multiple times (click here for a good one) because I believe science is real, even when it goes against a particular group’s viewpoints. I think people just want to be right, they want to be always right, and when something (like science) shows they are wrong, they move on to something more convenient. I wish I could do that! For my entire life, science and laws of nature have been keeping me from being able to dunk a basketball on a 10-foot goal, how annoying is gravity, right?
So how does this question get answered? It’s pretty simple. Be willing to be wrong. That goes for you, me, everyone. Not every disagreement has to be a hill we’re willing to die on. Seems like that is how sensitive the U.S. is right now. Pick your hill and fight to the death on it! No compromise, no listening, no peace. At least for the politicians who tell us how to live our lives. 🙂
This thought isn’t exclusive to science and politics. I could equate it with my faith in God. Is this faith always convenient? Hardly. It asks of me to do things that are against my human nature. But just because Christianity isn’t exactly how I would design doesn’t mean I can pick and choose what is valid and what’s not, just to suit my personal plans. That would be a pretty lame religion.
Hopefully some of that made sense and connected. What are your thoughts about science? Chime in below!
-Out of the Wilderness