Regular readers are familiar with The Secular Jurist blog’s examination of human cognition, the dichotomy between belief and knowledge, how these manifest in our politics, and the urgent need for objectivity in this new age of misinformation and cultural polarization. So, I’m recommending this superbly comprehensive series of essays by fellow blogger Professor Taboo which addresses the growing difficulties of social organization (i.e. governing) using in-depth analyses of specific historical examples. Part I (link provided in Part II) covered the resistance to climate change science and related issues. Part II (link provided below) covers the struggles of women in male-dominated western societies, and also uses a thoughtful sports analogy to highlight the larger theme. Here’s an excerpt:
In those stadiums and arenas of competition, both in the front and back offices, locker rooms, television broadcasting and sponsorships, in sports pubs and bars, and family homes, with that much annual revenues and profits flowing, how well do you think it would go over (to everyone in sports concerned) if none of these leagues, franchises, owners, players, and administrative offices had any sort of referees, umpires, or league policies and procedures? Zero. Would it upset some fans? To remain successful and winning, how would players and owners react to no enforcement of any league or game rules? Would parity exist? For how long might it exist?
Whether on the field of competitive sports or in the daily market-place, unchecked, all the worst human faults and ugly behaviors would run wild. Dog-eat-dog and survival of the fittest as they say… or rather the smartest, quickest, and most cunning would soon dominate. Those born disadvantaged would have dreadful, bleak, survival odds. Like it or not, the world and each of us NEED referees and umpires of integrity to keep the playing field equal and fair not just for survival, but for the innate right of livelihood for all.