According to a Chapman University poll, more people are afraid of the devil than a large volcanic eruption. Amazing. Even more disappointing is that ..........
......"Fear of an angry wife with a hairbrush" didn't even make the list while "zombies" DID!
There is a lot of fear in our country and politicians of every party love to play upon that emotion. Now there’s nothing wrong with being afraid ….if your fears are realistic. Warranted fear can keep you focused, prompt action, even save your life by scaring you away from a dangerous situation. But the key is that the fear needs to be based in a genuine threat to be constructive.....what is usually called 'healthy fear'. So why should we be afraid for our society?:
Not because of immigrants. Several studies have confirmed illegal immigrants are significantly less likely to commit a crime than a native born American.
Not because of Muslims. In fact crimes against Muslims have increased.
Not because of homosexuals, who are victimized by others two and a half times more frequently than their straight counterparts in society.
But perhaps because:
Being an “influencer” is an actual job.
People would rather watch a story on Cardi B than an in-depth analysis of the real issues regarding immigration…...and then fashionably complain about the quality of news reporting.
And here are some troubling bits of data:
-Only 39% of American born citizens can pass the citizenship test for their own country.
-Pew research found that 95% of people believe in some sort of “higher power” while only about 55% think there’s any validity at all to the Theory of Evolution.
-According to the Bureau of Economic Research, approximately half of the adult population in the US can’t read a book on an 8th grade level.
There are gulfs between what people know and don’t know and more troubling, issues over how much of what is known is accurate or correctly understood. (roughly half of the people in a National Science Foundation study understood how an experiment needs to be conducted in order to have some validity) What good is learning a statistic when you don’t understand how statistics work (or don’t work.....i.e. a statistic doesn't prove causality unless causality is specifically tested for) or memorizing a greatly distorted version of a historical event? (anyone up for some chopping down of cherry trees?)
But here’s some promising news: over 40% of eligible voters don’t vote. And instead of being a bad thing maybe we can hope there’s a huge overlap between the ignorant people in the statistics above and this one…...but it sure doesn’t seem that way. One thing is pretty certain though…... scapegoating people we don’t like or understand to shift blame from our own ignorance is NOT the solution.