I was listening to NPR radio yesterday, and I caught the tail end of a story reporting that some republican politician is taking a stand against the rules that insist that employees at places that serve food wash their hands after going to the bathroom.., because, you know, there is just too much government regulation in the workplace already…
I don’t know who this ass-hat, dill-hole, life-sized human phlegm statue is… you can Google it if you want and let me know… but his rational for this is that as long as the employee is willing to live with the consequences, they should be free to not be forced to wash their hands. He didn’t say anything about the consequences to the consumer of the food prepared by the employee.
And this made me think about how so many people now won’t have their children vaccinated because it goes against… something they believe in… and now we are reaching a tipping point where diseases that we thought we had conquered are coming back again… and how many of these people are republicans and/or tea party members.
And that made me think about how so many of these same people are climate change deniers, are against equal rights for gay people, and think science is just a waste of time.
And all I can do is hope that if you are one of these people, even though you probably don’t believe in evolution…. that someday you evolve anyway. Because we are supposed to be advancing forward through time. We aren’t supposed to be going backwards.
Try to think of your mind as something that you fill with thoughts and ideas, let them simmer and swirl around in there for a while, and then new thoughts and ideas come out. It isn’t like a closed system. Don’t lock it up and refuse to ever let anything new in there… don’t keep the thoughts in some sort of perpetual Guantanamo Bay. Let them out into the sunlight now and then.
Because history moves on with or without you.
People used to think that slavery was okay.
Now we don’t.
People thought racism was normal.
We have moved past that… (well, most of us have, and most of the rest are smart enough to pretend to be against it when they speak out loud in public)…
People used to think that smoking wasn’t bad for you.
Even the tobacco companies are now having a hard time saying it isn’t bad for you with a straight face.
Ideas change… society grows and becomes wiser and more mature. And dinosaurs get left on the trash pile of history… even if you are convinced that dinosaurs lived 5,000 years ago and that Jesus rode around on one… I hope you will at least admit that you haven’t seen one around lately.