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Do You Think for Yourself or
Do You Just Think You Do?
by Theresa Cahill
Copyright 2006 - All Rights Reserved
I just got off the phone and, as often happens, the urge
to write was like a tidal wave. I get my best inspiration
that way :)
Due to this conversation, I'm about to touch on something
that I did not think I would ever put into print. It just may
do one of three things:
1. Inflame you
2. Make you curious
3. Not make a bit of difference to you.
I hope it gets you thinking.
Our topic of conversation initially began about health,
swung to marketing, and ended up "saving humanity
I found myself, to my surprise, on the "odd end" of
the argument. A stance I never thought I'd take...
The thing is... for years, okay most of my life, I've
lived under the shadow that we are destroying
the planet we live on and ourselves.
I've heard all the disaster warnings... melting ice
caps, air population, raping the land. I believed
just like you probably do that we're dooming ourselves
through our greed and/or ignorance.
I've read great scientific articles (by great I mean
easy to read and compelling) in various publications
that I'd deem overall "trustworthy." The theme is the
same over and over... we're killing ourselves.
However, recently I received an eye opener and it
came through an unlikely, and probably overlooked,
source... a fiction novel.
This work of fiction was just that, pure fiction. The
author did not lay claim to presenting anything other
than an entertaining story.
Frankly, I struggled with this story for more than
7/8th's of the plot. Not because it wasn't gripping
enough... it was... but because the evidence provided
went against every grain in my body. My own belief
system stood on its head.
And while I desperately wanted to poo-poo the
whole thing as just a story, the author's researched
sources for the varies pieces of "scientific proof"
were real and undeniably first rate.
Authentic sources. Real research by real scientists.
I struggled. I just knew that...
“Global warming" is real... right?
You'd be a lunatic not to believe everything that's
been thrown at you... right?
I mean big names, big businesses are all telling us
there's a reason for huge concern, why would they
steer us wrong... right?
"Global warming," as it is currently being sold to us,
is nothing more than another big business, only
this one is cloaked in goodness and light.
Did you know...
For every one person claiming the "sky is falling," there
is a small tidal wave of scientists saying, "Hey, we
REALLY DON'T KNOW and "the other side" knows it!"
Do you realize...
That more often than not small "qualifying" statements
are inserted into "official" reports - sort of a "just
in case all the experiments we ran are faulty (which
they aren't) we might be wrong" disclaimers. And these
are often picked up as "fact" when the rest of the
research is more or less thrown out the window.
Anything for a "good cause" right?
Hey, let's face facts. If you want continued funding,
and the guys with the checks have a certain viewpoint,
doesn't it stand to reason that someone(s) somewhere
just might "help" support these preconceived viewpoints?
Right or wrong?
I'm not naive. But (duh) it just never occurred to me
that people would lie about such a thing. (Okay, yeah
I tracked down and read many of the "other side"
reports. I verified for myself that these sources are as
legitimate as the author stated them to be. At this
point, science cannot - without a shadow of a doubt -
make the claim of global warming.
Definitive proof cannot be produced.
Yikes... My world was extremely shaken, I’ll admit.
Don’t I need a “side” to be on? Won’t I sound like
a nut case if I don’t “go with the flow?” Won’t it
seem like I don’t care about the planet?
Then I thought… to heck with that!
My conclusion? Think for yourself! Every movement
on the face of the planet, regardless of its theme,
is motivated more often than not by... money and
power (real shocker there, isn't it [sarcasm implied])
It's unfortunate but the way to hold the masses
together (read under someone or someone(s) thumb)
is through fear. It's quick, gets immediate attention,
and almost guarantees compliance.
There's also a HUGE amount of money to be made
even under the seemingly "goodness" side of any
Don't get me wrong. I recycle. I don't use fluoride.
I take care of myself and my family. I do care
about the planet we live on. I think over-fishing
the oceans is criminal, etc., etc.
What I've also come to understand is that if I'm
willing to "lay claim" to the beliefs of other people
without really investigating both sides to an issue,
I'm doing a disservice to that very thing I hold dear.
I've abdicated my god-given right to THINK FOR
MYSELF. Played right into the hands of those just
waiting for a sucker like me.
Causes are good. Good causes are the best.
Intelligently participating in any "good cause" is
wisest and healthiest. My advice... Don't be a sheep.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Theresa Cahill is the owner of My Wizard Ads.
Her job is to make your online advertising
experience as effective and effortless as possible.
(P.S. Curious? Get Michael Crichton's "State of Fear.")
(P.S.S. For those waiting for my marketing implication
I don’t want to disappoint you. That great program
you just have to join could also fall under the “Causes”
heading. Research and make informed decisions.
Thanks for reading!)
Very thought-provoking article. I know what you say is true.
We're much too willing to let "authorities" tell us what to think
and feel. Another great example of that is traditional
medicine. We take the medications the doctors hand out
believing they know what's best for us and our condition.
But, many times those treatments aren't best!
I've been doing a lot of reading and research on natural
cures and remedies ~ and I see that much of what I've
always thought was truth is nothing more than propaganda
presented by the drug companies. We know from recent
news articles that their main concern is not the safety of the
public but their own bottom lines. Then, why should I trust
a word they say?
You're so right ~ we need to do our own due diligence on
every topic that's important to us and stop letting others
tell us how to think.
I'll be using your article in some capacity this coming week.
Thanks for sending it.
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