Imagine that your toddler is trying to learn how to play with a shape sorter. Naturally, the first few times he would be having trouble – for example, many young children would try to fit a square peg in a round hole. Imagine your child running to you and crying in frustration that the peg doesn’t fit.
Naturally, you explain to him how the puzzle works. Maybe your child will accept your explanation and follow directions – but there is a chance he’ll refuse. Maybe he is stubborn and asserting his independence, as many toddlers do. Maybe he is too young to understand a shape sorter. There is also a chance he has a learning disability.
If the problem continues, you take your kid to a specialist. But imagine that instead of looking for what might be wrong, the specialist tells you that your child will never be able to learn the shape sorter. She says that your child was born with a brain that doesn’t understand shapes. Sounds made up, but no matter. Your only solution is to redesign a puzzle. Possibly, you should make the round hole larger so that a square peg would fit. Or maybe you should smash the puzzle altogether. Only if you “affirm” that your child’s inability to understand the puzzle is completely healthy, the specialist says, your child will be able to function normally. Otherwise, he will likely commit suicide very soon.
But “redesigning” the puzzle is not enough. To make your child happy, you must demand that his preschool ceases teaching other kids how to solve the puzzle correctly. In fact, the teachers must encourage all children to find creative ways to fit square pegs into round holes. Teachers must continuously remind the kids that failure to correctly solve the puzzle is normal and healthy, and solving it correctly is tantamount to bullying the kids who cannot or will not learn how to do it.
But even that is not the end of it. You must also demand that your employer hire “a puzzle consultant” to lecture your colleagues about the harm of solving puzzles the right way. Other parents must learn that teaching their kids the right way to solve puzzles “stigmatizes” other children and drives them to suicide.
You must also demand that bookstores and libraries acquire books on creative ways to play with shape sorters. You must demand movies that show multiple characters successfully fitting square pegs into round holes. You must encourage all kids striving to fit the pegs appropriately to challenge their solutions and question their creativity. You must not rest until the whole society proclaims that there is no right way to solve the puzzle.
Only then, the specialist tells you, your child can grow up happy. Only by affirming, by every member of society, that the traditional way to play with the shape sorter is wrong and discriminatory, we can ensure your child will succeed in life.
But in reality, “affirming” your child’s delusion about the way puzzles fit together will not make them happy or productive. No matter how many toy stores change their instructions, or how many cartoons feature characters fitting square pegs into round holes, or how many times a teacher smashes a puzzle against the wall, your child’s success in life, and his peace of mind, ultimately depends on understanding how a puzzle fits together. Nobody can design a house, or repair a car, or put together a piece of furniture, without understanding that a square peg does not fit in a round hole. Once your child enters the real world that is governed by laws of physics instead of the Twitter mob, he will realize that he has been deceived – by everyone – and his perceived “happiness” will evaporate into thin air. He will become miserable, bitter, and envious of people who have learned how to solve puzzles in early childhood, and are now successful because of it.
There is a segment of society – hailed by the media, the academia, and the entertainment industry, that is deceiving our children into believing that physical reality does not exist. There are no square pegs. There are no round holes. The hole is whatever shape you imagine it to be. You can fit whatever you want in it. There is no universal truth. “Your” truth is as good as “mine.” That philosophy dooms the entire generation to failure.
Since the beginning of time, the purpose of science was to formulate a question, then perform a series of experiments and studies, as wide-ranging as we could make them, to follow to whatever conclusion they led us to, even if the result was contrary to expectations. That purpose is now gone. “THE SCIENCE” of today has a pre-determined outcome. “Research” is working backward from that outcome to find a way to connect the outcome to something that exists in the real world. Often, it involves following one subset of data, disregarding all others. Other times, it involves substituting “consensus” for the real experiments or shaming and intimidating your subjects into giving the answers you want. The goal is to find a way – any way – to mold and twist the data to prove the outcome that you desire that won’t require starting with a premise that the Earth is flat.
For example, we want to prove that gender is “a spectrum.” We know that is true because any other conclusion would be transphobic or offensive, and most importantly, will not result in research funding. Now let’s hire the best “experts” who can “uncover” a way to make that conclusion without disregarding the biological reality of only two combinations of chromosomes.
Every American university now has departments devoted to creating outcomes based on feelings. Foregone conclusions such as “disappearing ice cups,” “babies are implicitly racist,” “men can be pregnant,” and “black people are more at risk of every possible disease imaginable” are getting an enormous amount of funding, enabling charlatans masquerading as scientists to waste our time and resources, and encouraging gullible kids to waste their parents’ money majoring in “esoteric subjects” like equity studies and gender theory. That trend is not doing any service to anybody but the opportunists taking advantage of the woke morons who consider math racist.
As human beings, our goal should be to understand the laws of nature and harness their power to work to our advantage. We can also adapt our own behavior to the scientific reality that we cannot change. Reconciling our feelings with physical reality is what ultimately brings humans peace and success. Trying to bend reality to accommodate one’s feelings, and bullying others into accepting one’s delusion, is destroying a human being.
Any society that abdicates and corrupts scientific discovery in favor of appeasing people who cannot, or will not, learn how the universe works, will be doomed to the same fate as a class of toddlers who have not learned how to solve a shape sorter.
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