We as society, do not believe in questioning. We consider our Gods, Elders, Teachers, Public Figures as sacrosanct. Neither we are trained to question the Authority. We follow heard mentality and do not like people in high places to be questioned about anything, considering them as Demi Gods.
Psychological survey over the years have concluded that mostly, we are less likely to consider a celebrity or authority to be indulged in some malpractice or fraud as compared to any other individual.
Every one knows about Lance Armstrong Case, and how he admitted to taking drugs to enhance the performance and yet, for years he was never caught pathologically untill he admitted on Oprah Winfrey Show. I doubt during all these years, people ever doubted him.
The journalist, Mr. David Walsh, Chief Sports Reporter, Sunday Times was questioning the performance of Armstrong since last 13 years, and no one believed him. They were bullied, castigated all most sued by Lance Armstrong Team.
Recently, Sunday Times have come out with a 5 minutes video, highlighting the journey of questioning the greats…Its worth watching. It also deals about a doctor who questioned the authenticity of MMR Vaccine. Its antidote to the Armstrong Case, where a so called researcher prevented thousands of kids from getting MMR vaccine by creating a false Allaram against the side effect. Though, we would generally welcome these kind of research more particularly when it deals with Children and long term effect. But in this case, the person ultimately proved to be wrong. Watch the Video…first before reading further..
Many times, in hind sight, we understand that all along, back of our mind, we knew that some thing was amiss or it was false or fraudulent, only we never had conviction or courage to ask right question. We must learn to ask right questions and should continue to believe in something, not based on what media projects or say but what we understand and believe. Though, now media controls our thoughts/perception, yet as Thinking Person, we should not accept everything fed to us.
It is equally intrigue for us, when we relate to the second case of MMR vaccine. We do not know, who to believe…Thats why we should adopt scientific thinking…Though it is equally confusing but atleast, its better to question something than to accept it blindly.