It’s not about political ideologies, or what side of the aisle you sit on. It’s not even about right or wrong, what version of our history you choose to believe or how you like to think we got to this stage of intellectual bipedalism. It’s about curiosity, asking why, and finding answers.
That’s why I created this simple graphic, and that’s why I stand with science.
I’m not a scientist, nor an engineer, computer programmer, medical professional, nor any of the other fields of profession that people tend to assume ally closely with the scientific community. I’m just a writer, and a guy who likes to make things look pretty, who spends a lot of time reading Wired and even more time asking questions.
And I think asking questions is what it’s really all about.
The current political and social spectrum has shown it’s too easy to stop asking questions and deny uncomfortable truths – or even worse, to learn to never ask important questions in the first place. Regardless of your stance on the current (or former) administration and climate change, the underlying truth cannot be ignored – if we stop asking questions, begin to accept things at face value, and cease searching for ways to better understand our existence and improve upon it, our progress will slow to a halt and we will fail.
Maybe not tomorrow, next week, or next year, but the time will come. And when it does, it’ll be too late to start asking the right questions.
I think the most courageous thing you can do is ask a question. It takes a special kind of person to look beyond what’s sitting directly in front of them; to see, analyze and inquire, and then desire to learn more about the world around them and what makes it all work together so effortlessly. I, like many others, have dedicated my life to asking “why?”, and am constantly impressed by the courage of others to continue asking questions.
I’m a big fan of science fiction and a promise of the utopian tomorrow as something to strive for. Without science and without curiosity our hope of accomplishing the great ideas of the next generation is dim at best. Going to mars? Nope. Clean and renewable energy for all? No way. Even cooler special effects for the videogames and movies that keep us passively entertained? Keep dreaming.
Frankly, that’s a pretty boring future. I personally want my future to be interesting, which is why I’m investing in always asking “why?”, continuing learning what I can, and finding value in the facts decided with the rigor of scientific theory. That’s why I stand with science and all it continues to ask us to question, learn, and improve upon.
And if I dare say, if you want to see a better tomorrow for yourself, your family and all the people haven’t even met yet, then I think you should too.