Tuesday, March 15, 2016

"Educating" vs. "Flip-flopping"

Recently I had an interesting on-line conversation about a candidate running for an office who now has a different view on things. One side of it is that people look at it as "flip-flopping," which was coined in a 2004 election against Senator Kerry. But there's another side of it. It's called educating and changing and growing. Or put simply, being progressive.
   A couple of the people I conversed with thought any kind of change of mind or heart was a BAD thing and showed false character.
   As a scientist, I disagree. Every day, there's new research in science and medicine. That's why there are scientific journals. Each month hundreds of new discoveries are published after intense peer review. So, scientists, doctors, and even good politicians need to be advised of the new research. Sometimes the research is mind-changing. That's progression. That's education. That is the kind of people we hope are leading our science, medical care and governing.

   I bring this up because someone said a leader thought fracking was an acceptable thing to do in 2008 and would not have strong consequences. So, the leader, working for the administration at the time, encouraged it in an other country. That was the science of the time. Particularly since 2012, USGS and other studies  have shown that fracking causes instability and promotes earthquakes. So, today, in 2016, people are saying this candidate should have "known" about the dangers of fracking before encouraging it, although the science catch up until after the person left office.
  Now, armed with the new science, the candidate has changed position and is against fracking. That's called educating yourself and growing and changing your position. Sometimes it seems like voters would prefer that a candidate continue to remain ignorant of science and not educate themselves and keep outdated views.
   The SAME thing happened with gay rights. In the 2000s, we had an ultra conservative President who was fueled by the religious right and extremists (Evangelicals). The thought of gay people having equal rights in anything was a far reality. So, democrats could not risk coming out and supporting gay marriage in full until the states started recognizing it. As disappointing as it was to my husband and I, we understood why the party couldn't come out full force and support it - it would be politically dangerous. Why go 100% against the grain if you want to keep doing a service? Don't you work with people you don't like (and not say anything)?
  So, once gay rights and finally marriage equality became a long-overdue reality, people changed their positions. There's nothing wrong with that. Even the President did it. It's called growing and progressing.
   If we don't progress we don't get smarter. In fact, we stick to old outdated ways and remain uneducated and conservative and afraid to change.
  So, next time you criticize someone's change of heart, look at the fact they may have educated themselves before criticizing them as ridiculous "flip-flopper." Education is a GOOD thing

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

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We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

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