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Jack Sisson's Life Ethics Blog

We must find new ways through many ethical issues, especially regarding bioethics, medical ethics, and criminal justice. Jack Sisson's 'Life Ethics' blog focuses on numerous areas of concern, including the philosophical and ethical dilemmas surrounding stem-cell research, abortion, medical research, and health care.

 
I hate statistics. I hated them in high school and I hate them now. Here's why:

  • 90% of Americans think their taxes are too high

  • 100% of my girlfriends have loved me.

  • 50% of the dogs in my house would bite you if you walked in.

  • 0% of the people in my row of townhouses like George Bush.



You can do anything with numbers that you want. Now, let's change some of these around a little bit to make them a little more "media friendly".

  • 90% of Americans demand lower taxes

  • A recent poll showed 100% of people loving Mike

  • From a sampling in Florida, 50% of all dogs will attack unprovoked.

  • Flash: Recent poll suggests Bush popularity at 0%!!!!!



One of our fundamental problems in this current age is that everyone knows everything and everyone thinks their voice reigns supreme. Just look at all our blogs. No one cares what I had for dinner last night or that I do or don't support abortion. You, as a reader, are reading for one of three reasons:

  • Will I end up reading about YOUR inane life now that you've sat through reading about mine? I really want people to care about what I care about.

  • By reading what I'm writing, you're validating your own worldwide input. Leave a comment on the ledzeppelinisthegreatestbandever.com message board? Don't mind if I do.

  • You are in the know. It's true; there are a handful of blogs where people smarter than us write about things we don't know or challenge us to think. The problem is that everyone considers their blog to be in this category when the worldwide total is probably a two-digit number.



Back to the point, unless we're in a position to act what good is to know the statistics of anything? Because it might force us to act? Ok. But who do we trust? Who is answering these polls? People with land line phones (not me, nor anyone else I know), online polls (that screams integrity), door to door (the only person I know that would be home during the day around me is the upper-class coke dealer that lives across the street and I have a sneaking hunch that he and I would not vote the same way). Of course we're going to say our taxes are too high because we have no concept how to spend trillions of dollars. Just because we're ignorant to things as a mob of citizens doesn't make it okay for us make decisions.

In case you've been living in a bubble, you are now aware that Lance Armstrong won his 7th straight Tour De France. I bring him up only because his relationship with America is indicitive of us as a people. Sure, we buy the little yellow bands for a buck and they're supposed to remind us to live life to the fullest just like our hero, Lance. In reality, he'd probably say this to the average band-wearer: "Hey, get off your butt and do something. Thanks for that dollar though."

If you're going to act on something, be the cyclist. Don't be the bracelet-wearer.

A recent poll showed 80% of Americans hate my guts (yet my popularity is soaring in the Philippines).

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