Monday, February 8, 2016

Microstory 251: Perspective Twenty-Six

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There’s a guy in my psychology class at college who just cannot keep his mouth shut. He takes every opportunity he can to show us just how ignorant and stupid he is. He’s one of those people who don’t own a television set, and who believe themselves to be superior because of it. TV is a form of art; to deny that is both ridiculous and insulting to the thousands of jobs the industry supports. He’s constantly spouting of statistics that are in no way true, claiming that smartwatches cause psychopathy, or that sharks are now smarter than apes. I feel like this kind of thinking is fostered in society today, that he’s allowed to think the way he does despite being totally wrong about everything. Because “everyone is special” and “their ideas are valid”. Just the other day, he says that he doesn’t trust hospitals, and that “women were having babies for millennia before modern medicine.” Yeah, they did, and ya know what happened? They died. There were babies dying all over the place back in the old days. Just because we’ve traditionally done something a certain way, doesn’t mean it’s the right way. You know what else we “traditionally” did? Slavery. Should we go back to that? No, of course not. We've moved on from it, progressed to a better way. Though, I guess that's not a perfect argument, because not everyone agrees. There’s another girl in my class who claims that slavery was ultimately a good thing because—and I quote, I swear—”now all the black people are here in America and get to have all the opportunities that we have”. Oh man, that was infuriating. I wanted to punch her in the face right then and there. Fortunately, we were talking through an internet chat, and I was able to cool down before I saw her again. But I’m definitely blocking her after the semester ends. Now that I think about it, she’s always been an idiot. Back when we were in middle school together, I remember that she was the one who said she was pro-life because abortions were often performed following birth. She actually thought that doctors delivered babies, and then drowned them in a tub. This is why the rest of the world hates us, and why China is winning. Maybe I should just block her right now.

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