Throughout history man has consistently shown
himself beholden to his treasured preconceived ideas. One’s world view is so
solidly a part of one’s thinking that it is only the rarest individual who can
traverse uncharted cerebral territory without benefit of its guiding
Take Kepler as an example. He would not
consider the Copernican hypothesis as being realistic if it did not confirm to
the Bible. His world view was that of a strong Christian. Consequently, he
begins his Mysterium Cosmographicum saying, “In this discussion of nature we
must, from the outset, take care not say anything that is contrary to Holy
Scripture.” This apology for the Copernican heliocentric theory spent much time
reconciling seemingly geocentric passages of Scripture with the new thesis.
But this defense wasn’t adequate to save
Galileo from subsequent condemnation by the establishment (the Church) which
prohibited him from teaching the doctrine in any manner whatsoever. Poor
Galileo was forced to recant his scientific theory and died under house arrest.
The Latin inquisitors systematically carried
out their function of guarding the gates of contemporary thought, not allowing
any religiously-incorrect idea to enter the public domain.
Today we find that not much has changed. People
still cling to their unexamined ideas with a tenacity that sometimes is
Take my physician neighbor, for instance. She
meticulously places her cardboard, glass and paper in a separate container
every week at the curb. Every article is washed clean (wouldn’t want to
contaminate the elements, would we?).
The value of the time she has spent
cleansing, carefully cutting and folding and removing of labels will never,
ever come to be realized in the value of the small amount of items she
But, I swear, this is an act of ablution for
some recyclers. The reverence they show to their packaging materials is
oftentimes so church-like that one would think they were worshiping. It is as if by performing the recycling
ritual, atonement is made for pollution.
There was a recent report of people lined up in
their cars on Saturday mornings to drop their precious plastic and paper off at
a recycling center with their cars running the whole time. Of course, they all contributed a net
negative to their venerated Mother Earth.
And, while everyone professes to be for
recycling and believes landfills are bad, no one can ever tell me why. It is
just their belief and, they act like I’m crazy for asking…don’t you know? Everyone knows! 1
So, the beat goes on, people are still the
same, mostly stuck like glue to whatever the correct thoughts of the day happen
And of course the establishment continues to
behave the same way it always has as well. Only now it isn’t the Church but the
state which controls speech and tries to control thoughts as well.
Instead of the religiously incorrect ideas
being fenced out of the public square, it is now the politically incorrect
themes that are not allowed exposure.
Joseph P. Tartaro has directly compared the
media’s reaction to scientific studies showing NO inverse correlation between
gun control laws and crime to the Church’s reaction to Galileo’s work,
“Given the opportunity, many journalists of
print & electronic genre would like to see science & scholars who
disprove their superstitions burned at the stake. In many cases, they have excommunicated such
thoughts & thinkers from the news church by exorcising them from their
pages & broadcasts.”
But the really big field for the power elite to
cling to their preconceived notions and enforce conformity from their
underlings is global warming (formerly known as the Coming Ice Age in the late
1900s and now being morphed into Climate Change by the media gatekeepers).
Holman Jenkins, Jr. recently pointed out that
the U.S. government’s published temperature data for 1880 through 2010 has been
tinkered with 16 times in the last three years, always resulting in more
And, Professor Friedrich-Karl Ewert writes, “In
2012, we realized that the data offered by NASA was not the same as that
offered in 2010. In 2012 there was twice
as much warming in the sample we examined compared with just two years prior. This
is not a one-off…Until then measurements were sacrosanct. Can you call it fraud
In Britain, judges have proposed making it
illegal to utter any statement denying global warming. And, in the U.S.,
according to a recent survey by Rasmussen, 27% of Democrats favor prosecuting
Well, don’t hold your breath because 16
Democratic state attorney generals have announced a joint program to prosecute
“climate change deniers” to the “fullest extent of the law.”
Their thesis is that since people who question
global warming are committing fraud, they have forfeited their First Amendment
How do you explain humanity’s’ ever-persistent
insistence on eliminating the unwanted evidence rather than adjusting their
mental paradigm to accept the facts? It
is as if there exists some sort of conceptual inertia in the human mind that
keeps us from easily adjusting our thinking to new data.
And this tendency is so strong that the
powerful will muzzle, punish and even kill those who disagree with them. It makes no difference if the power is held
in the church or the state, as the politically powerful today want to punish
those who disagree with them just as the religiously powerful did in the past. 2
What are the takeaways? Well, for one, the
powerful elites’ vision of a world government is obviously threatened by the
scientists who are discovering errors in the accepted truth to the point where
they believe draconian measures to quell dissent are necessary.
This is because global warming, er, excuse me,
climate change transcends nationalities and if real, they can make the case
that only world action would cure it. A global fear would necessitate a global
The second take-away is, just as we snicker at
the intolerance of the 16th century religious regime, in the future our
successors will shake their heads in disbelief at the bigoted dogmatism of
todays politically correct.
And, lastly, don’t you believe it for a minute,
if you are told that man is better today than he was yesterday. Seems to me
that man hasn’t changed much in the last two thousand years, he would still
rather cling to his old hopelessly inadequate prototypes rather than adapt a
new one that better fits the facts. And, if he has the power to crush those who
think differently, he will still use it.
 Now don’t get me
wrong – I love recycling, after all, I make my living from it! My point isn’t against recycling, per se; it is the religious intonations
it has taken on for some people. It
seems man has an internal inherent spiritual space and it will be filled with
something, even if that something is spiritually primitive as it is with the
 Going back a millennium and a half
before Galileo, we find the chief priests in ancient Israel making plans to
murder Lazarus after Jesus had raised him from death. They couldn’t allow the facts staring them in
the face to change their mind-set. They would destroy the evidence before they
would change their thinking & behavior.
John 12: 9-11