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Bloggers; how little we know

In media on December 13, 2009 at 7:49 pm

Ah bloggers. We are an arrogant breed.

We sit in the comfort of our own living rooms getting paid to share our enlightened views on a variety of topics of which we are “experts.” Healthcare? It’s obviously broken and we, with our medical degrees and expert understanding of economics, know how to fix it. Global warming? A conspiracy by mad scientists, duh. We even go so far as to assume our own definitions of things such as torture and marriage are divine law, handed down to Moses by Jehovah God himself.

How does that saying go? “The beginning of wisdom is … .” Oh well. Perhaps we, as bloggers and people with opinions on everything, need to begin to realize how little we really know — and how little we can actually know.

We hide behind our computer screens secluded from the world abroad; our only source of information being the filtered “unbiased” news. And yet we presume to know what’s happening behind the doors of Congress and in the villages in Afghanistan.

Do we really know what happened on Sept. 11, 2001? Do we really know America’s reasons for going to war with Iraq or the purpose of the Copenhagen summit? Do we really? Probably not.

So until we have magic crystal ball to peer into and solve all the world’s problems with, let’s take the news, and ourselves, with a grain of salt.

  1. Each opinion, each view is necessarily partial, truncated, inadequate. In philosophy and in anything, originality comes down to incomplete definitions.

    – E.M. Cioran

  2. “I’m not sure, are you?”

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