Why Do We Tend To Ignore The Facts?

Why Do We Tend To Ignore The Facts?

Why do many Americans choose to ignore facts and prefer the myths they previously heard about autism and vaccines?

Most Americans would tell you they want to know the truth, yet the actions of many Americans seem to contradict this. We live in a world where some mothers would rather listen to celebrities rather than scientists on the matter of whether or not vaccines are linked to autism. A world where even though we can get the facts from a reputable source from a simple Google search, we would rather just continue to go with an old myth that someone once told us. A world where we will flat out ignore the warnings from nearly every scientist that climate change is real and we might be responsible because some people without any real insight on the matter said that climate change was a myth. We have all the facts told to us by experts and yet we decide that we would rather go with the pseudoscientific reports by people who don’t actually know anything about the subject, or in the case of autism and vaccines, was found to have lied about some of the data he gathered.

With the case of vaccines and autism, the people who refuse to believe that there is no real link between the two got information from a scientist who published false findings and was even called out for this and disproven by other scientists. Yet, even after his findings were exposed as false, people continued to believe this and many, including some celebrities, continued to spread the myth that there was a link, even after many other qualified scientists assured us that there was no link. So now not only do we have kids not being vaccinated, because their crazy parents believe that they will get autism, but we now run the risk of seeing things like polio and whooping cough coming back because of the lack of vaccination.

Another thing that we seem to ignore is climate change. We hear from most scientists that the Earth’s temperature has risen, the polar ice caps have melted some and that it has a lot to do with the large amounts of carbon dioxide that have become trapped in the atmosphere over the past few centuries, since we first began burning coal. We hear all of this all the time, yet many people will still tell you that global warming or climate change is a myth. To me this one is even more of a blatant dismissal of the facts, because a lot of this information comes straight from empirical evidence. In other words, we can just observe it and notice it.

These aren’t the only facts that are being ignored, they are just a couple that I could think of off of the top of my head. But these two are some of the more important facts. If we continue to ignore the fact that the link between autism and vaccines is a myth, we are going to start seeing more and more kids getting polio again, a disease that was essentially wiped out by vaccines decades ago. If we continue to ignore the fact that climate change is real and that we are likely the one’s responsible for much of it, we will never be able to do anything to prevent it or slow it down. My point is that we have the facts, let’s start using them instead of just going with what we heard was true or what we think is true.

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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

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Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

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Poetry On Odyssey: Some Days

A poem that reminds you that you're not alone.


Some days,

You dread the sound of your alarm. You snooze and snooze and snooze and snooze.

When you finally pull yourself out of bed, pressed time forces you to throw on stained sweats

you find yourself chugging a cup of coffee.

You sit on the couch and contemplate calling out of work

You caught the stomach bug,

Or perhaps the flu,

Maybe you broke your collar bone

Or need a new phone

The endless list of excuses repeats through your head as you sit on the couch, wishing you were still in bed.

It takes every ounce

Every breath

Every fiber of your being to pull yourself off the couch

And into the car

And into the building where you work

Some days,

This is just how it goes

You are not alone.

Some days,

You awake to the beautiful sound of birds

Chirping outside your window

The sun sneaks its way into your room

A smile creeps across your face as you realize you are awake to see a new day

You make a good breakfast

You read a few pages of your favorite book

You get your mind ready for the things it will accomplish today

Before you know it you've worked an entire day

Your job is done

As you pull into your driveway,

you take a few breaths

Feeling grateful for another meaningful day.

Some days,

This is how it goes

You are not alone.

Every day is a gamble,

Every day is a gift

The key to getting more good days

Is believing that everyday is one.

You are not alone, this is just how it goes.

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