Saturday, June 07, 2014

He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind

One phenomenally good news about my fellow Americans is this: 19 percent do not think that god was involved in how we came about.

Yes, 19 percent and that is good news.
Because it is an all-time high, and has doubled in thirty years.
Yes, doubled.
And, yes, in thirty years.

Now for the bad news: 73 percent think that either god created humans or guided the process of evolution from other life forms.
73 percent!

Why is this issue so difficult for my fellow Americans?

In order to think through that, well, this is where the subject of this post comes in.  "He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart" is a proverb from the Bible.  "Inherit the wind," which is a part of that, was a play that I watched with two friends last night at one of the oldest community theatres in the country.

The play
is a fictionalized account of the 1925 Scopes “Monkey” Trial, which resulted in John T. Scopes’s conviction for teaching Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution to a high school science class, contrary to a Tennessee state law. Although the play is not meant to be a historical account, the characters of Matthew Harrison Brady, Henry Drummond, Bertram Cates and E. K. Hornbeck correspond to the historical figures of William Jennings Bryan, Clarence Darrow, John Scopes, and H. L. Mencken, respectively. The trial makes for one of the outstanding dramas of our time—and a subject that still resonates today!
A 1955 play based on the real life events of 1925, and which was made into a movie in 1960.  Despite all the Hollywood gizmos since then, it has been difficult to shake loose this bible-thumping creationist belief, apparently.

Why do I relate the 73 percenters to Bible-thumping?  Because, that too was addressed in the survey:

As the Gallup poll notes:
These Americans tend to be highly religious, underscoring the degree to which many Americans view the world around them through the lens of their religious beliefs. Those who adopt the creationist view also tend to have lower education levels, but given the strong influence of religious beliefs, it is not clear to what degree having more education or different types of education might affect their views.
Oh well!

With our continued anti-science, anti-evolution, outlook, we certainly are destined to inherit nothing but the wind!

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