The Narcissism of now
The other night I watched a segment on the daily show that had comedian/ reporter Samantha bee interviewing a woman who refuses to have her children vaccinated. The woman is a self described liberal blogger and natural food eating health enthusiast. She is also very opinionated about how stupid the right is when it comes to denying climate change.
It was a brilliant piece of reporting done by what is supposed to be a comedy show. Really good comedy does have a tendency to make you both laugh and think and this piece definitely did.
This woman and her shallow blog world is but a microcosm of what is going on in this country.
We have somehow grown into such a narcissistic bunch of nincompoops that we regularly deny science and scientists because we somehow feel we are smarter. This woman said that it doesnt matter that 99 percent of scientist tell her that vaccinations are good she still refuses to make her children get them. SHe is one of many who have taken this stance which experts say is one of the reasons the USA has seen a resurgence in people getting long dead diseases like Measles and mumps. It wont be long until Polio makes a nice comeback if they keep this up.
The incredibly narcissistic view that somehow were smarter than people who we clearly are not smarter than will more than likely be our downfall. in the selfie taking world in which we live where we all think were so important because 17 people like our facebook post or 30 people follow our instagram photos has led us to think were more important than we really are. It gets dangerous though when it leads to us thinking we are smarter than we are.
We have to stop this ridiculousness of thinking science is somehow wrong simply because we dont agree with facts or simply because we have fooled ourselves into thinking the ability to take a selfie is comparable to 8 years of study and research . If we dont were doomed