|"This curmudgeon fellow|
really annoys me."
I often find myself guilty of the same crime. I will realize that something I have heretofore accepted unquestioningly may or may not be the truth. I've taken to reading a lot of stuff that I completely disagree with, in the interest of actually proving to myself that I know what I believe and have considered the opposing viewpoints. My own pursuit of truth has cost me personally, but one thing my parents instilled in me from the earliest age was that truth is its own reward, and the cost of truth is irrelevant.
Truth has an enemy: the sucker.
|"I'm wearing a magnetic bracelet|
and I drink my own pee."
Optimistic suckers want to believe that bad things only happen to people that don't fall for their current fad. I watched a woman die of cancer several years ago; her husband was so convinced that magnets would cure her that she wore those stupid things until the day she died. Now, here's the rub: every one of these things will probably work for someone. Say what?! Yep, they work, but only because, first of all, people believe that they will work, so there's a whole psychosomatic dimension involved, and second of all, they work because the sucker will actually put effort into their latest fad. That means, the person that tried Atkins was healthier because he was actually paying attention to his diet, not because the Atkins diet is healthy in and of itself. People who swear by magnetic bracelets refuse to even consider that any benefit they get is most likely psychosomatic.
They're the people who voted for Bush... twice... because he was a "conservative." They probably believed in Hope & Change, and they are now shocked that the recent revolt in Egypt is resulting not in "democracy" but in the slaughter of Christians at the hands of peace-loving Muslims. If only they could be honest with themselves and were able and willing to apply critical thinking to this crap, they'd save themselves a boatload of money, but they can't... so all the snake oil salesmen and politicians (but I repeat myself) love the optimistic sucker.
|"We're all gonna DIE!!!!"|
If you read this far and were hoping for some answers, sorry. There is no solution; there's no fixing it. Scientifically speaking, ignorant people are too ignorant to know that they're ignorant, so these people will keep on watching their favorite "news" station, and they'll keep jumping on every bandwagon that comes along. There's nothing I can do or say to keep them from doing so, because they're programmed to do what they're told to do, and that's been the case their entire lives. They don't know any kind of different life.
* For the record, I am currently against transgenic genetic modification, because it is unnatural. Hybridization of foods has been going on for millenia, on the other hand. There probably isn't a "natural" chicken breed left in the world, and even if there is, I probably haven't ever eaten one. It's when you start crossing a pig with a tomato that I cringe inwardly. That said, I have not thought this through, so I refuse to jump on any bandwagons about it. I believe Monsanto is evil, but not because of their GMO seeds... they're evil because they're thoroughly corrupt in their business practices.
Note: if I kicked your sacred cow and you're offended, I apologize, but only for causing offense... that cow still needed a good kicking.