Do Facts Matter Anymore?

“We Americans are being flooded with lots of crazy stuff that way too many people believe.  I mean, stuff that can actually be proven wrong.  I guess, it’s not that surprising in times of such awful partisanship as we are currently enduring.  Maybe, but it’s still terribly depressing.  Partisanship is one thing, but now it seems that even  basic political “facts” are quickly subjected to partisan interpretation.

But here is the really terrifying thing:  Our democratic system is based on the consent of voters who are fully informed. Yet we are having an epidemic of willful ignorance in our corner of the world.  And  it’s deeply troubling.  Still, I don’t suppose it’s that surprising.  I mean, as politics become more and more divisive, our political views are more and more tied up in our personal identities.  Which means that way too often we see our political allegiances as a defining part of ourselves– race, or religion, or financial status.  

So what happened to the promise that the internet would keep us all well informed about even the most confusing issues?  Didn’t work out that way, though did it?  Instead, it’s made it possible for  us all to hide out in groups that believe the same as we do, reinforcing our beliefs, making them seem more valid than ever.  And whatever they belief, we can find back up “proof on line.”

“Evidence.”

“Opinion to back up our original belief.”

We truly have entered a post-truth era.”

God, help us!

“I’ve known people over the years who have said, ”If my beliefs are at odds with the facts, so much the worst for the facts.’  

I’ve never been one of these

people.”

~Bart Ehrman~

 

About kaystrom

Kay Marshall Strom, who am I? Well, I’m a traveler, a railer against social injustice, a passionate citizen of the world. I’m a follower of Jesus Christ. I’m a 21st century abolitionist who speaks out against slavery of all kinds. I am a beach walker and a gardener and the off-key singer of songs. I’m a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter, a friend. Most people, though, know me as a writer and a speaker. So here is a bit more about that part of my life: Of my 43 published books, seventeen have been translated into foreign languages, and two have been optioned for movies. My writing credits include magazine articles, books for children, short stories, television scripts and two prize-winning screenplays. I love to write, and speak, about topics close to my heart. I speak at seminars, retreats, writer’s conferences, and special events throughout the country. And because I enjoy travel, I even speak on cruise ships. Because I don’t see how a writer can really reflect another people and land without spending time there, I’ve been trekking through India, China, Indonesia, Cambodia, Nepal, Sudan, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt, Japan and South Korea, tape recorder and camera in hand, to gather stories from the world-wide family of God. Thanks to my “virtual friendship” with John Newton, 17th century slave ship captain turned preacher, I traveled through Ireland. In West Africa I toured an old slave fortress off the coast and saw a tiny set of baby manacles bolted to the wall. I was struck dumb. From that horror came a story question, and from that question, my foray into fiction: The Grace in Africa trilogy. Come join me as I travel and rail against injustice. Maybe you will choose to be a 21st century abolitionist too.
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4 Responses to Do Facts Matter Anymore?

  1. One of the rare times I’ve agreed with Bart Ehrman.

  2. Mary Lee Morgan says:

    Depressing…terrifying…God help us! Good comments, Kay. I couldn’t agree more.

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