Information - the cure for ignorance

June 16, 2017

I always find it interesting how people react to things they know nothing about. And instead of trying to find a rational explanation, they choose to accept that it is something metaphysical. This week a river, or more accurately a stream, in Trelawny turned red.

I suppose it would be alarming that a stream would turn red all of a sudden, so I will grant that. It was eventually explained that the water turned red because of a dye-tracing exercise being conducted by the Water Resources Authority.

When I first saw the video I thought it had something to do with bacteria. Sometimes when there isn’t enough oxygen in running or still water, certain types of bacteria will cause the water to change colour, sometimes red. Certain types of algae will also cause the water to change colour.

Knowing this, when I saw the video on Facebook, it wasn’t a big deal. However, when I saw the comments underneath I had to shake my head in disappointment.


I completely understand that we are a religious country. There is a church at every corner and in every small plaza. How people worship inside of those hot small rooms I will never understand. But hey, I am not that kind of person.

But surely, in this modern day and age when everybody has a smartphone and everyone has access to the Internet and this marvellous thing called Google, one would believe that there are not be so many people who are still limited by ignorance.

Among the first comments were declarations that the end of the world was near, the Lord soon come and several others of that nature. I don’t know why these thinks irk me so much. The ignorance and the resistance to facts.

What is even more troubling is that this is happening, not just here in Jamaica, but all over the world. In an age when people have more access to information than at any other time in human history, the level of ignorance seems to be at an all-time high.

This, in part, is why religious leaders get away with telling their followers a load of garbage and they drink it all down with great relish. It is why people like Donald Trump can turn the USA upside down, and his supporters will always find a way to justify it.

It is also why this country and many countries across the world continue to struggle, because the people who should know better have no intention of being better. And then wonder why their lives continue to be miserable.

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