Are We Headed For Another 'Dark Age'?
More and more these days, I'm noticing a disturbing trend, especially in America, where a substantial part of our society seems to be abandoning reason and science in exchange for group-think and ideas that seem to match their political persuasion rather than reflect reality. It's beginning to seem that no matter what the subject, these people automatically gravitate towards the contrarian viewpoint (which at times can be quite bizarre) and simply refuse to consider logical arguments for what would seem to the rest of us to be common knowledge. Questioning, including questioning things that are considered fact, is a wonderful thing and a sign of intelligence, but simply refusing to accept the scientific method or well-documented and reviewed data is certainly something else.
I frequently notice how this way of thinking is becoming a stumbling block to our society's advancement. Often new technologic development is being put on the backburner because it's not a political winner. Even if it's something the majority would want, a vocal and active radical minority seem to be able to suppress advancement. We are also becoming more and more unable to deal with societal issues because of this type of thinking. Whether it's economic issues or problems that require scientific analysis and action based on solid data, our hands are becoming constantly constrained. All that it seems to take is a few nuts twisting the real story to fit their point of view or claiming that the evil scientists are out to get them. Another common ploy is for this group to advance proponents with little to no expertise in the particular subject, but with strong "faith" in the position.
That brings up another part of the problem. Religion, at least for some, is becoming more and more about advancing one's personal philosophical viewpoints than anything else. Now I know this is not necessarily a new thing, but it's practice seems to be intensifying from my perspective. At least the bizarre nature of the issues, religion is now being used to advance, seem to be growing day by day.
One final thing I'm noticing is how at least some members of this group seem to be living in an alternate universe. I've listened to some big-name popular radio hosts describing events, of which I had first-hand knowledge, and their descriptions where almost the exact opposite of what really happened. Strange how their twisted bizarro story matched the philosophy they were trying to espouse.
Are others as concerned about this issue as I am? Is there any hope for humanity if this trend continues? Are we heading for another "dark age"?