Tools For Modern Citizens

from Seth’s Blog

It has taken us by surprise, but in our current situation, when everyone has more of a voice and more impact on the public than ever before, it suddenly matters. You wouldn’t take your car to a mechanic who didn’t know how to fix a car, and citizens, each of us, should be held to at least as high a standard of knowledge.

Everyone around us needs to know about:

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  1. This brief blog basically stresses the importance of knowledge in a world where all the information we would ever need to know is quite literally at our fingerprints. The greatest enemy to each and every person is ignorance. Whether that be ignorance of how propaganda is spread, the mechanics of global weather, or the basics of the germ theory of disease – to name a few from this post – the general lack of knowledge can prove to be detrimental to us and the people around us. The first example that came to mind when I read this blog was the vast amount of false information that people spread about the COVID-19 virus, especially in its earlier stages. All it takes is a few people – or for example, the former president of the United States – who do not conduct legitimate research or intentionally ignore scientific truths and decide to perpetuate lies, and you can end up still being stuck in a pandemic that should have ended over a year ago. The main point that I am getting at, from what I understood from this post, is that all people have the most basic responsibility of learning about relevant topics and concepts, to help prevent potentially avoidable conflicts in the world.
    While it’s unrealistic to expect every person to be experts in the topics listed in this blog, it is crucial that we all can, at the very least, understand the fundamentals of each of these globally-relevant topics. As Seth Godin, the author of this blog post stated, “If we don’t understand these fundamental components of how the world works, our actions may undermine our goals as well as the people around us.” Simply put, it is counterintuitive for anyone to avoid doing research because progress is inevitable. With anyone that has a smart device having the ability to post whatever they want on social media platforms, or anywhere online, it is important that they know what they’re talking about. As explained in the example I provided earlier, it’s all too easy for our access to digital platforms to be seen by the public and have a negative effect. This world will never stop evolving and it’s ultimately a choice for every person to continue to evolve with it or to intentionally fall behind and poison the rest.

  2. I really like the messaging of this blog post. I agree with the author that humans need to educate themselves more on certain topics. Not only should humans know the basis of issues and history of them, they should be able to have intellectual conversations with each other about these issues. These conversations can help change people’s perspectives and educate them in aspects they are unfamiliar with.
    For the most part, I agree that humans need to know about the things he listed. The one point I feel that someone could argue that humans do not need to know a crazy amount about is germ theory. Germ theory is a much more complicated theory than the name suggests. It is not just about how germs are bad. While I would not make the argument against the author that people should not know about germ theory, I would understand why someone would argue that it does not belong on the list with the other topics.
    Later on in the blog post, the author says, “Either we are the makers of our future or we’re the victims.” I think this quote is very interesting. I think that while all humans should know about the topics he listed, the author is being overdramatic about the fact that some people may not know the specifics about some of these issues. This era for people my age has not been hard at all compared to some of the historical events that older people have suffered through. And while I think the education of these ideas or issues would help if or when a conflict occurs, that will not be the reason we are victims or fail in those dreadful scenarios.
    Despite me disagreeing with this point, I like how this post ends. The message at the end is typical yet important and true. I also like that after the pessimism with the last point, he closes his post by being positive. With people seemingly being more negative since the pandemic, it is great to hear someone that wants to educate others instead of bash them for not knowing enough about these issues.

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