They could drive you crazy.
“Everything is bad for you,” said my sister–a health care professional, by the way–“so I’m just giving up and having pizza.”
What do you get when you mix science with politics? You get politics.
What do you get when you mix science with “journalism”? You get pure, unadulterated, scare-mongering “journalism.”
There used to be a feature on the evening nooze around here. a Dr. So-and-so, who came on every night to urge his viewers to get tested for just about everything. If you were ever mad enough to take him seriously, you’d be doing nothing but running to the doctor for one test after another.
Life is incredibly complex, nature is vaster than anyone can truly grasp, and listening to the Experts, who told us that “millions” of us were gonna die from COVID-19, led to truly crazy public policies–shutting down the economy, placing healthy people under quarantine, forbidding church services, weddings, and funerals–but not riots!–and thrusting us all into this weird drama that’s gone on for six months so far and is still in force wherever the ruling politicians want it to be.
Sometimes you can’t even do what the experts advise because their advice splits off into several contradictory directions all at once. Eat this! Never eat this! Beware the Obesity Epidemic–but “fat” is something to be proud of! Conform your meals to the government’s Food Pyramid, and you wind up looking like a pyramid!
I think we can all agree that doing anything to excess will turn out badly. But that’s too simple–not enough scope for Experts to spread their wings and fly. They want to be our gods. Turn from the real God and worship Experts. And if their advice lands you in the morgue before your time–well, what else would you expect?