By David Schussler

 

A recent article that I wrote regarding the fear of global warming inspired a response from a concerned parent and member of the human race that really put me to thinking (as if I needed help). There are many people that, out of fears of their own, or from a desire to gain power or manipulate others, tend to use their “recognized expertise” to pathologically influence others.

Many of my friends obtained a variety of bachelors degrees in college. Some went on to get their masters, and others their doctorates, yet not many, especially in the math and sciences continued on to research and development as their vocations. Most went into teaching, government, business, and industry with their educations, looking for stability and complacent prosperity. It seems that those who go into government and research often have idealistic purpose for remaining in their fields of endeavor, or love their field and gain purpose from a mentor along the way.

Research used to be a private endeavor, undertaken to understand the mathematic, geologic, geographic, anthropologic, geophysical, and anatomic natures of things in order to create healthier people, better industrial and agricultural production, and a better living environment for us all. For some wealthy inquisitors there was just a desire to know more about things. In the past, scientists and mathematicians were often self taught and paid by royalty to accomplish their work, but more often they were cursed and prosecuted as heretics after coming up with absurd expositions of reality that clashed with religious and blindly trusted “truths” of the day. As more people were made to understand the sciences, they became better accepted and taught in public schools and private schools of higher learning. As the need for more scientists, engineers, doctors, and teachers became necessary due to increased population, industry, and war demands, the state governments got involved in financing colleges and universities. Many of the first universities were influenced by the church, legal institutions, agricultural interests, and the oil industry and still are. Naturally being financed by these industries or governments, emphasis was put on desired outcomes. The schools were supposed to produce people thinking and acting as the hierarchy desired and with allegiances in order.

For some wealthy inquisitors there was just a desire to know more about things. In the past, scientists and mathematicians were often self taught and paid by royalty to accomplish their work, but more often they were cursed and prosecuted as heretics after coming up with absurd expositions of reality that clashed with religious and blindly trusted “truths” of the day. As more people were made to understand the sciences, they became better accepted and taught in public schools and private schools of higher learning. As the need for more scientists, engineers, doctors, and teachers became necessary due to increased population, industry, and war demands, the state governments got involved in financing colleges and universities. Naturally being financed by these industries or governments, emphasis was put on desired outcomes. The schools were supposed to produce people thinking and acting as the hierarchy desired and with allegiances in order.Liberal Arts colleges came about to liberate the free thinkers and to teach about things philosophical, psychological, and governmental. These schools also tended to have certain political and ethical leanings or desired educational outcomes. I like to refer to this as educational cloning.

Hopefully, as parents we instill certain intrinsic values in our children that continue on into their schooling years and later life. School, however is full of idealistic, fearful, authoritative sounding teachers and mentors, some of whom love to manipulate and seduce our youth’s supple and absorptive minds with emotion rather than fact as they forget to help these students learn to make choices and judgments based on all of the facts and common sense. Thus we have different schools of thought on similar subjects coming from different realities, all based on scientific fact or mathematics, but coming from different political or ethical points of passionate view.

Pathological fear mongers who work in our schools or who are well recognized in a particular field, attempt to manipulate and gain power for different reasons. The first and most popular reason is greed. The US government or “we the people” have become the primary funders of much of the nation’s research with grants going to many universities for many projects. Some of that money, although earmarked for a particular good cause may wind up funding someone’s pet project that is, perhaps tangent to, but not pertinent to, the original reason for funding. This only has to happen a few hundred times for it to become very expensive and a non productive means to an end rarely achieved. The greed part happens when those who receive the funds attempt to justify the need for the money, especially when the need becomes in doubt. When the fear of the loss of tenure or the loss of funding for a large department of a university occurs, a lot of fancy footwork has to take place. That includes misinforming the public with fear tactics, and gaining support from politicians and other intellectuals who are in the same position at other universities in this country and other parts of the world. Sometimes the fear is promoted through narrow thinking and philosophical personal desires for a Utopian existence. Seemingly dedicated scientists can be very tunnel-visioned because they are seeking a desired result to their research. A result that would ignore the facts alluding to the possibility that they could be wrong. These egocentric scientists do not belong in the research arena yet they are there and often they are the most vocal. The more vocal they get, the less possibility that if they are proven wrong they could accept it and admit it to the public. They have to continue the lie because they have publicly dedicated their lives to it.

The first and most popular reason is greed. The US government or “we the people” have become the primary funders of much of the nation’s research with grants going to many universities for many projects. Some of that money, although earmarked for a particular good cause may wind up funding someone’s pet project that is, perhaps tangent to, but not pertinent to, the original reason for funding. This only has to happen a few hundred times for it to become very expensive and a non productive means to an end rarely achieved. The greed part happens when those who receive the funds attempt to justify the need for the money, especially when the need becomes in doubt. When the fear of the loss of tenure or the loss of funding for a large department of a university occurs, a lot of fancy footwork has to take place. That includes misinforming the public with fear tactics, and gaining support from politicians and other intellectuals who are in the same position at other universities in this country and other parts of the world. Sometimes the fear is promoted through narrow thinking and philosophical personal desires for a Utopian existence. Seemingly dedicated scientists can be very tunnel-visioned because they are seeking a desired result to their research. A result that would ignore the facts alluding to the possibility that they could be wrong. These egocentric scientists do not belong in the research arena yet they are there and often they are the most vocal. The more vocal they get, the less possibility that if they are proven wrong they could accept it and admit it to the public. The greatest of pathological fear mongers are the politicians. Some politicians promote legislation for project funding that they know nothing about. In return they get to appear benevolent, they get a lot of publicity, and get to appear in front of large crowds of constituents in preparation for the next election. Often there are personal favors exchanged between politicians and universities. These politicians get to appear in congress and in the media as they promote fear about things that they have no understanding of or perhaps do not believe in themselves. Once a politician publicly commits to a philosophy or promotes a major political effort it is not likely that they would deny their loyalty even in the face of factual opposition. Just look at how the congress operates today. It is not differences of opinion that separate our leaders, it is different sets of “facts” that offer different consequences, each based on desired outcomes, and all to the detriment of our nation. As a people we are often left with our heads shaking, fearing the worst, not knowing which facts to believe and more or less voting or promoting along party lines.

. Some politicians promote legislation for project funding that they know nothing about. In return they get to appear benevolent, they get a lot of publicity, and get to appear in front of large crowds of constituents in preparation for the next election. Often there are personal favors exchanged between politicians and universities. These politicians get to appear in congress and in the media as they promote fear about things that they have no understanding of or perhaps do not believe in themselves. Once a politician publicly commits to a philosophy or promotes a major political effort it is not likely that they would deny their loyalty even in the face of factual opposition. Just look at how the congress operates today. As a people we are often left with our heads shaking, fearing the worst, not knowing which facts to believe and more or less voting or promoting along party lines. We need to explore and research all major issues for ourselves, and as many more as we can, to determine for ourselves what we think and how we feel we should act. This is how to eliminate fear. Knowledge eliminates fear and those who promote fear publicly regarding global warming or terrorism need to reassess their positions in life and think about what a disservice they are committing to their fellow humans worldwide. If there are problems let’s face them, plan for them, and actively participate as possible to eliminate them. It would be better to create a generation of solutions than a generation of fear.

, and as many more as we can, to determine for ourselves what we think and how we feel we should act. This is how to eliminate fear. and those who promote fear publicly regarding global warming or terrorism need to reassess their positions in life and think about what a disservice they are committing to their fellow humans worldwide. If there are problems let’s face them, plan for them, and actively participate as possible to eliminate them. “In the future days, which we hope to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.

The first is freedom of speech and expression – everywhere in the world.

The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way – everywhere in the world.

The third is freedom from want ..

The fourth is freedom from fear.”

(Franklin D. Roosevelt, Address to Congress, 6 Jan. 1941)

 

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