Put not your trust…

… in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.

Obligatory cycling content: I’m doing another flat ride from home today. Following all the rules. But I’m not happy about it.

When I went to college I was rather naive. I thought I was going there to learn something. But I quickly formulated my own version of The Uncertainty Principle. Call it Rich’s Rumination: For every PhD, there is an equal and opposite PhD. In what I came to call the ‘fuzzy sciences’ (Economics, Psychology, Sociology, History etc.) it was almost impossible to come to a conclusion about anything, and it was easy to find a source to support almost anything.

Being naturally adverse to confrontation, I decided to study mathematics. There isn’t much debate in this field, at least not at the undergraduate level. You solve problems and prove theorems. I came to love ‘non- Euclidean geometry’. It seemed so radical and outrĂ©. I also learned a lot about probability which has convinced me to stay out of casinos except to see a show.

I am inclined to question experts, especially when they are trying to tell me what to do. Ben Franklin said “It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority”. Well I certainly want to be a good citizen!

The authority I wish to question is Dr. Fauci. I would like to ask him about what he said about the Corona Virus numerous times in numerous forums in late January and early February. To wit: that Americans shouldn’t worry about the virus and that its impact here would be small.

A mere 5 weeks later the same Dr. Fauci thought the virus was a big enough problem to shut down the U.S. economy and trash personal freedoms. So I would like to ask him this “If you were so wrong 5 weeks earlier why should we unquestioningly believe you now?” Put Not Your Trust….

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