I believe it, therefore it is true.
And I have it on good authority that Iâ€™m right.
After all, there is no better authority on what I believe than myself.
And the internet.
There may be hundreds of thousands of â€œmainstreamâ€ scientists out there who can prove that the oceans are getting warmer.
But there are a half dozen â€œindependentâ€ scientists on the internet who say that there is no difference, because itâ€™s obvious that the thousands of buoys deployed to measure ocean temperatures since the 1940s must all have been incorrectly calibrated, or because they donâ€™t believe the readings indicating ocean depths are warming faster than the surface waters (because one scientist on the internet told them thatâ€™s not possible), or because warmer ocean temperatures canâ€™t possibly have a significant effect on climate (we are on land, dummy, so just stay away from boats and the beach and youâ€™ll be okay), or because even if the oceans are getting warmer and the climate is changing, itâ€™s not our fault, so just get over it, will ya?
Bottom line is, the half dozen scientists â€“ each of whom have â€œindependentâ€ theories to explain why none of the three or four â€œmainstreamâ€ theories explaining climatic effects of ocean temperatures and atmospheric carbon dioxide loading and other human interventions on a planetary scale â€“ give you the democratic right to believe whatever you wish.
Right or wrong doesnâ€™t have anything to do with it.
After all, you canâ€™t really trust the â€œmainstream,â€ can you?
â€œMainstreamâ€ media… â€œmainstreamâ€ science… â€œmainstreamâ€ whatever.
If itâ€™s â€œmainstreamâ€ itâ€™s someone telling you something you donâ€™t want to believe.
So why should you?
The â€œindependentâ€ loon who finds a way to tell you what you prefer to believe is far more believable than the â€œmainstreamâ€ hordes whose only real agenda is to scare you and guilt you into believing stuff that makes you uncomfortableâ€¦ and truth be told, this is a democracy â€“ no one can force you to believe stuff youâ€™d really rather not believe.
So you pick your own truths.
But there are parameters.
Thereâ€™s a point at which some of that â€œindependentâ€ thinking becomes â€œmainstream.â€
If your â€œindependentâ€ thinker is a Copernicus or Galileo, you just eventually deny that you ever thought differently from them.
Of course, those guys backed up their difficult â€œindependentâ€ thoughts
with actual proof, instead of relying on someone else to reorganize the â€œmainstreamâ€ data â€“ which in their case was the Bible â€“ so their undeniability was inevitable.
But not too fast!
God forbid you should stop believing nonsense because you actually thought about it and realized on your own that itâ€™s nonsense.
You need someone else â€“ someone â€œindependentâ€ â€“ to tell you, and these days, youâ€™ll find that someone on the internet in a catchy or quirky (or more likely, in a catchy and quirky) YouTube video, or on a Facebook page with enough Likes to prove that it must be true.
We all know the air is getting dirtier. You can actually taste it, so thereâ€™s no denying that.
But you donâ€™t want to believe it until all your friends believe it first.
â€œMainstreamâ€ beliefs are socially unacceptable until they become â€œindependentlyâ€ mainstream.