While reading an article this morning, I had a profound thought.
If we would, as a people, stop and think before implementing rampant change (or legislating un-change), we would be in a much better world.
I think we all know the story of the Henny Penny, right? We’ve had it turned into Chicken Little, but the main concept is the same. The main character sees something, takes it out context and draws conclusions that are obviously not based on actual facts or events – only a superficial knowledge is there. Like reading a headline and assuming that you know what the story is about. Or, reading a blog title and assuming that you know what the post is about.
The danger, of course, is having your head snapped off by a fox.
Ok, actually it’s taking courses of action based on incomplete information, which could be entirely and tragically the incorrect way to go. You see it all the time in religious and political circles – people who can quote scripture but have never read the bible, people who listen to a radio station announcer yelling about something but never bother to check the facts.
I remember reading in the forward of a book once, the author made a comment to the effect that one source of information was worse than none. Without counterpoint, contrast, discussion…well, you just don’t learn enough about it to have an informed opinion. But that doesn’t stop us, does it?
And that, I’m pretty sure, is how stupid laws are passed, ridiculous protests are staged, and it is what will surely be the downfall of human civilization. It’s probably what really killed the dinosaurs.