a reply to: Southern Guardian
Heres the thing Southern Guardian,
Although I appreciate that your sentiments point out a vast hypocrisy within the Trump administration, a group who have ALLEGEDLY been combating the
removal of words from the modern lexicon (but are simply banning different ones), I feel that the real issues highlighted by the subject matter here,
are rather more serious.
The fields of study which can be broadly described as having a scientific lean to them, are without any doubt the most important fields in the modern
era. Advancing our understanding of the sciences, no matter which sciences they may be, is the only way for the species as a whole to move forward
from the point at which it finds itself today, and the evidence for that is strewn all throughout the industrial age and beyond. It is improvements in
medical science that have made diseases which used to be entirely lethal, survivable, which have reduced infectious diseases impact on at least the
developed world, and made inroads into protecting the species entire, by also having positive effects in the third world, and limiting the spread of
potential epidemic and pandemic diseases, from those areas to other places.
The large Ebola outbreak, for example, would have been much worse, much broader, if the modern resources of the scientific community, had not been
bought to bare against it on the ground, and of course in nations exposed to tourism and travellers from those lands most affected. Because of the
efforts, the training, and the scientific acumen of the people who were dealing with the disease, its spread was eventually controlled, and the death
toll, while significant, was not the millions and millions it could have become, were its spread left entirely unchecked.
The reason I mention these things, is that one of the reasons our scientists, doctors and epidemiologists more precisely, were able to act so
robustly in the first place, is because for generations, scientists have been respected well enough that they have been permitted leeway to do many
things that seem strange to the layperson, to spend money on research which, in its infancy SEEMED absurd, but has proven invaluable in this modern
age. The time invested by Einstein for example, and his peers for that matter, into affairs of high physics, paved the way for the nuclear age (for
good or ill), paved the way for a more complete understanding of the guiding principles by which all matter and energy operate, distribute themselves
throughout systems both closed and open, and had knock on effects in actual engineering in the modern era, which are still being utilised to this very
day, and improved upon by degrees all the time.
The intellectual gymnastics done by Watson, Crick and the observations obtained of the specific nature of DNA molecules, derived from work previously
done by Rosalind Franklin, have improved our understanding of the formation of the human body, lead to advances in treatment for diseases of both the
hereditary and the contracted varieties, advanced our understanding of and our ability to prevent certain types of cell damage and DNA damage as a
result, and thusly the medicines we take are, although still risky for our health in many ways, in the main unlikely to damage our DNA.
These advances were made because of the genius of their discoverers of course, and the hours and hours of time spent by researchers and lab techs,
students and so on as well. But they were only POSSIBLE, because the people doing the work were free to do so, in many circumstances, free to use
whatever terminology was most necessary and appropriate according to the science involved, to both make communication of the ideas involved faster,
AND more precise. It has, in fact, long been understood, and rightly so, that scientists are the authority in matters of science, and everyone else's
opinion, while they might have a right to have one, means absolutely nothing whatsoever. The best advances in science have come, in fact, when
scientists not only have had the freedom to do the research, but to communicate their ideas in a manner which makes logical sense, even to the point
of dictating the lexicon used to communicate those ideas.
This is entirely right and proper, because the people who are the authority on matters scientific, should answer to no one whatsoever, when it comes
to things like how they communicate their ideas, whether they do, when they do, regardless of the political climate at the time.
Now, there are going to be those who draw a false equivalency, between PC culture, and this event.
To those I say the following:
Regardless of who is President, those who are infuriated that they cannot say the "n word", or grab a woman by the crotch, safe in the knowledge that
fear and shame will prevent her from uttering a word for some time allowing the molester the benefit of the doubt in the minds of the terminally
witless, DO NOT stand upon the same platform of righteousness as a person who correctly calls that which is not yet a baby, a fetus. You can argue the
point till you are blue in the face, but you folk are not smart enough to know when to quit, and the people against whom you are arguing are. They
know that all they have to do, to make you fall unconscious, is to allow you to go beyond merely blue, all the way to purple, and they will, and
should induce you all to do that as soon as possible.
And you see, when you go to the emergency room to be charged by a corporate body to save your life, putting you in debt for the rest of your natural
life, a debt which will ruin your family and leave your grandchildren's children destitute, a debt you corporate shills WELCOME like lambs walking
onto a sacrificial knife, you had better hope that no bright spark has become offended by the words "Cerebral Hypoxia", because if they have banned
those too, the resulting terminological confusion and time used to sort it out, will actually kill you, where as preventing scum from using racial
slurs, will kill no one.