For some reason, this otherwise mundane story caught my eye:
Obama: Excessively High Temperatures
Of course, he was wrong: Look at the temperatures for today. It’s even 39 degrees here in Tampa, FL. And sure, it’s just the weather. Who cares, right? It was going to be 39 degrees on this day since the beginning of time no matter what man has done on the Earth.
But, something is to be said for people who can accurately predict the future. I don’t mean it in a mystical or magical type of way. I mean it in a way where a person can observe what is going on around them and make an educated guess about what will happen next. It shows a person has a handle on how the world works. Why it works. And most importantly: What doesn’t work.
What gets in the way of this is bias-ness–When you allow your personal preferences, hopes, dreams, etc. to get in the way of the facts. This can be dangerous, especially if you’re a leader of a country and your knowledge guides legislation and issues of importance.
Let me give you an example. See, most people in history look back at Reagan’s insistence that the Soviet Union would fail as an example of his hardcore conservatism. That he was supposed to say that since conservatives are supposed to be strong anti-communists. If you buy that argument, you’re saying Reagan was allowing his conservatism–his bias-ness–to guide his prediction.
But that wasn’t it at all.
The truth was he thought the Soviet Union would fail because he understood people. He understood humanity. He understood communism doesn’t work. Plus, he had classified information showing the Soviet Union wasn’t in as good a shape as everyone thought.
He was knowledgeable. And from that he could shape USA policy to make sure it did everything to put even more pressure on the other Cold War superpower. Moreover, he recognized that people who insisted the Soviet Union would continue to thrive were biased. Thus, their opinions had to be rejected.
This issue pops up in my Govicide novels, specifically the first one, Comply. The Govicide Department’s Director, last name, Stallings, is confronted with info that Free Enterprisers–people who reject the One World Government–are on the move. That they’re conspiring against Govicide, the Exalted Ruler, and the OWG.
But Stallings rejects the info because of his bias-ness. He believes no one would be stupid enough to oppose him and the OWG. He believes the One World Government is perfect, so why would anyone oppose it. He believes the Masses are provided with everything, so they’d rise up to protect the OWG from any intrusion, if in fact Free Enterprisers even exist.
This un-appreciation of the facts costs Stallings and the OWG. And it’s all caused because they allow their bias-ness to rule the day instead of the facts.
We must remember something in 21st century USA: People who are biased are not knowledgeable.