Flat Earthers Really Exist and Perfectly Represent the Modern World
Before I get started, I just want to go on record and say that I am in no way, shape or form a flat earther. I don't think the world is flat and under some sort of mysterious dome. I don't think science is a cult created to keep the masses stupid. I just don't buy it. But, with that said, I find the flat earth theory and flat earthers themselves absolutely fascinating.
To combat the science very few us understand, Flat Earthers use "logic" and what they see as their proof. For instance, in the documentary "Behind the Curve", you will see Flat Earth "experts" use examples of being able to see hundreds of miles as proof there is no curvature to the earth. We can see it, it must be true. Scientific proof of the earth's curvature and movements through space be damned.
But the thing that fascinates me most about flat earthers are their place in the Universe. They're easy to make fun of. They are easy to disprove. But their passion and relentlessness is nothing short of amazing. They have a thought, a belief and they will do anything they can to prove it to be true.
Which kind of reminds of the world as a whole. We no longer have a world wide community working together to figure things out. We have fractured groups with strongly held beliefs who will defend them to the death, truth be damned. Each group latches on to an idea...whether it be Trump is an idiot or that global warming is a hoax....and will look for every shred of evidence and twist facts to fit their belief. If your starting point is hating Trump, automatically your brain starts looking for information to support your belief. Any information to the contrary is just lies. That's not to say Trump is the greatest President ever (and believe me those people exist as well), but if you're starting at he sucks, you ignore all the good things he does.
So, I guess my point is that instead of making fun of Flat Earthers, we should learn from them...learn to understand them. They are generally smart folks, just a bit misguided. If we worked with them, instead of ridiculing them, they may actually produce something awesome! If we quit picking these little hills to die on and start pulling our weight in the same direction, we may actually change be able to change things for the better.
At the end of the day, we aren't flat earthers or conspiracy nuts or transgendered or republicans or democrats....we're just people who need to figure out a way to leave the world better than we found it.