I Didn’t Know

Hallowed Intentions Rearing Disaster – by yours truly.
I didn’t know,
No, I didn’t

That I am weaker
for showing how I feel

That I am the loser
Who wants to suture

Your wounds, erase
your insecurities

That I am the sucker
For wanting to utter

Words of comfort
In times of your need

That I am the chump
Who stops to listen,

Empathizing with
your endless worries

That I am the fool
Who should have known

that kindness begets
Indifference, ridicule,
or, outright animosities.

I didn't know,
No, I didn't.

Hello, Reader!

I did the artwork and picked its name almost a year ago. As you can see, it’s hard to weave a piece like this with a name like that into a poem and I thought I won’t be able to share it. But really, I shouldn’t have underestimated my ability to come up with shitty poems while listening to country music, which by the way, tends to have more lyrical integrity than most pop songs of our time do.

I am kind of pissed by the fact that too many people tend not to understand what scientific consensus means and why it’s important to be vigilant about where you are getting your information from. These are precarious times because climate change has gradually morphed into an imminent threat for the future of human race and to believe otherwise is to be so ignorant as to assume that jumping off of a twenty-storied building won’t kill you if you flap your arms fast enough and just believe you can fly!

It’s impressively dumb to assume that you know better than the majority of the people who have invested their entire lives in the pursuit of scientific truth. Consensus doesn’t mean a bunch of people got together in a pub, raised their hands in an enthusiastic “Aye!” and global warming became a thing. Scientific consensus requires assiduously repeating experiments to check and then recheck the data from all around the world. To address and update the results of old theories that evolve with evolving data sets. To subject new ideas to experimentations and sieve through the results to hone in into those that are reproducible and stand on par with the observations.

I can’t believe that in this day and age where knowledge can be had just with a few clicks of the keys, informed decision making has become such a lacking trait and people are so comfortable in saying global warming isn’t real or that vaccines are endangering their child’s life or evolution isn’t a thing. The sheer hubris amongst the ignorant is amazing to me. You don’t need a degree to be smart and no one person can know everything there is to know about the Universe. That is why we defer to the knowledge of those who have devoted their lives to help us understand how nature works.

In the future, I hope to come back and make a better post on what Scientific consensus is. Till then, I shall put an end to this long post peppered with my feverish ramblings brought on by stupidity at large. Maybe fever and a pounding headache contributed a little too. But only a little!

Instead of leaving on a low, grumbling note, I’ll leave you with this:

One of the ‘people also asked‘ questions on google search engine, when you type in Harry Potter is:

Is Harry Potter story real?

which I found both amusing and very sweet! (Because I imagined it was asked by a child. But if it was asked by an adult, the whole thing takes a tragic turn.)


12 thoughts on “I Didn’t Know

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  1. I liked your graphic, I liked your poem, I liked your rant. And I agree, anyone who can’t see we’re in the midst of a major climate change has got to be living alone in a forest somewhere. And the only dispute that I can see isn’t its reality, but its cause.

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    1. We are right now in the sixth mass extinction event and its significance lies in the fact that we, humans, are solely responsible for the degradation and deaths of a number of plant and animal species and ecological systems. Hence, the name Anthropocene Extinction. The rise in global warming has a direct causal relationship with the advent of Industrial Age. We, human beings, are the only cause of global warming.


  2. You don’t have to believe me. I am not a climate scientist. Here is a quote from the IPCC 2018 report: Human activities are estimated to have caused approximately 1.0°C of global warming5 above pre-industrial levels, with a likely range of 0.8°C to 1.2°C. Global warming is likely to reach 1.5°C between 2030 and 2052 if it continues to increase at the current rate. (high confidence)
    Here’s a link to the report: https://www.ipcc.ch/sr15/chapter/summary-for-policy-makers/


  3. I love your poem. I love your passion to inform. I love your commitment to learn. The answer to your question from earlier this morning could be The Lion King. 🙂 Keep on doing what your doing! I admire you for it. 💜🌹💜

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