Letters, Sept. 3
Teach history and the classics
We live in an age when there is an unprecedented amount of knowledge available on the Web and social media. Knowledge, yes, but not necessarily truth. With the exception of the laws of physics and other scientific certitudes, all “truths” are inherently subjective. It is intellectually irresponsible to impose our current social values on men and women of history if we do not understand their level of knowledge. It is temporal subjectivity.
Because the history of science and technology is linear and builds upon itself,millennialsand others see no use in learning about the past as each new discovery or invention makes part of the pastdisposable. However, individual human emotions have genetic origins that haven’t changed since the evolution of our species. The history of individuals, tribes and nations since 3,000 BC, and especially from 500 BC are lessons in life for us to learn.
Noble and effective ways and means of conduct that allow us to advance as humanity are there for us to discover—along with many more examples of evil and false ideas for us to avoid. We do ourselves a disservice to ignore truth and enlightenment where itisso easily to be found.
Trust in FDA?
With thousands dying every week and his response to the COVID-19 pandemic a tragic fiasco, President Trump predictably blames, absent any evidence, the ‘deep state’ Federal Drug Administration staff of deliberately withholding new treatments. Almost immediately, the FDA caves in and Trump suddenly cites the same agency and proclaims convalescent plasma treatment a historic breakthrough, just in time for the Republican National Convention. Afterwards, we learn that the FDA
Chief overstated the life-saving benefits of treatment, while at the same time Trump’s Chief of Staff was declaring that FDA scientists “need to feel the heat.” And we are supposed to believe that this decision affecting us all was apolitical, in any way based on science, and trust this administration to protect us? It is in moments of crisis that we learn what leadership is and isn’t.