Wonderland

If we cannot agree on even the most basic objective facts, instead of reaching for the stars, mankind will be hobbled.

Can you do addition? What’s one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one?

The White Queen from Alice in Wonderland, asking what today is a very pertinent question. When academics are telling us that in certain circumstances 2+2=5, when numbers are described as a variable, or that “treating math as a universal upholds white supremacy”, one can't help but think we have disappeared a long way down the rabbit hole. To begin with I couldn't make up my mind whether the people making these ridiculous comments really believed what they said, or were simply having a joke at our expense. I had hoped it was the latter, but sadly it appears to be the former.

Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was going to happen next.

Much like Alice, we are left to wonder what will come next, although I suspect we have a long way to go before we reach the bottom of this well. The assault on western culture, science and history, the efforts to twist and distort all facts to fit arbitrary social justice templates will no doubt continue. Adherents of the new orthodoxy will try to push the advances of the Enlightenment to the periphery in favour of “other ways of thinking”.

I am under no obligation to make sense to you

The Mad Hatter was, well, mad, so we can make some allowances for his comment. The same cannot be said of those academics who try to persuade us that 2+2 can equal 5. If we cannot agree on even the most basic objective facts, instead of reaching for the stars, mankind will be hobbled. There will be no advances in science and technology, and development of the vaccines needed to fight future pandemics will grind to a halt.

In those circumstances, the future would be anything but a wonderland.

4th August 2020

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