If you write
on the wall that the moon is made of cheese, it is not reasonable
to expect others to act as absurdly and use the opposite wall to
spell out the correct composition of the Earth's satellite. First
of all, most people don't write on walls. Second, anyone who is
interested can always find such facts in the library.
Just like there's no need to bang on open doors, there's no need
to gather in the streets to support laws of physics. Gravitation
is important, but it supports us regardless of whether we support
it or not.
Likewise, you can always organize a sufficient number of people
and hold a rally demanding that the melting temperature of water
should be lowered by two degrees. It would be absurd, however, to
expect an equal number of people on the following day demanding
to keep the melting point at the current temperature. And it would
be even more absurd to deduce from the absence of counter protesters
that all others agree with your point.
If there are scores of books on conspiracy theories and UFOs, and
almost no books that contradict them, does that mean everyone is
in agreement with conspiracy theories and believes in UFOs?
Why do people bother, really, to organize protests on the both
Everyone knows that scissors cut paper, paper wraps stones, and
stones break scissors. Based on those rules people play the game
of paper, stone, and scissors. But those who for whatever reasons
don't accept these rules --- due to the fact that, perhaps, they
or their loved ones have lost in too many games and, as a result,
have developed certain psychological anxieties, feeling victimized
or disadvantaged -- they go out into the streets and demand to change
the rules as follows:
- stones shouldn't be so hard because they break valuable
scissors and also leave bumps on people's heads
- paper shouldn't be so thin because it can rip and also
give you a paper cut
- scissors shouldn't be so sharp because they can accidentally
cut an important paper and also people who run with scissors may
Now, there will always be some compassionate volunteers who will
try patiently to explain to these protesters that not only the world
wouldn't function with their "alternative" rules, but
that the laws of physics can't be changed on a whim like that --
because, well, they can't be changed.
Such volunteers would be the few ones who form rallies in support
of the existing rules.
As for the people on these images, they came to the rally not as
much to oppose anyone or practice some sort of war-mongering --
they showed up to give moral support to our troops who are out there
on a dangerous mission.
If the argument seems moot, I was in a hurry to post the pictures
while they're still fresh.
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