Letter to the Editor: People who live in caves of fear only see shadows


Republicans rail against government as being bad. They want limited government in economic affairs to give corporations freedom from regulations designed to protect the health and safety of the public. Yet they advocate intrusions into the personal lives of citizens by limiting access to birth control and family planning.

Governments are often a mere shadow of international conglomerates and global finance that use national borders to escape paying taxes for the social good. Interested in profits only, these multinational organizations often manipulate governments. For them, the weaker the government structure the better. The truth is that government is neither inherently good or bad.

Republications are waging an anti-intellectual war against science. They are in total denial regarding global warming. Ken Cuccinelli even attacked scientists at the University of Virginia. This reminds one of the savagery of the ancient kings who, when not happy with the message, would slay the messengers.

This anti-science stance extends to the classroom. Attempts are made to substitute the teaching of evolution with creationism, replace sex education with abstinence only. Textbooks in Texas downplay the role of Thomas Jefferson in the American revolution because he was too liberal and not Christian enough.

The truth is science, as other truths, and does not bend to political winds. As in the Dark Ages, you can banish, you can burn books, you can even burn martyrs at the stake, but truths will survive the ignorant who assail them.

Plato wrote of a man chained to the wall of a cave his whole life who saw only shadows. He took these shadows to be reality. Only after he was freed from his chains and emerged from the cave into the sunlight did he comprehend the true nature of reality. Some, not all, Republicans are like that man tethered to the walls of a cave by the chains of ignorance, prejudice, dogma, and mean spiritedness, unable to face daylight and pointing to shadowy fears.

Warren Golightly, Winchester