This is not about Edward Bellamy’s utopian novel of the same title, but some thoughts about this web site.
It’s a little difficult to get my mind around the fact that there have been 2,895 articles published on this web site since it began in December of 2008. That’s a lot! I have to admit that I enjoy reading some of my own stuff and I think some of it is surprisingly good, at least for an amateur. Some of it could be thrown away at no great loss.
I’m in a retrospective mood perhaps because I was at a funeral yesterday, the second in just over a month. I joined Civitan International, an organization that promotes good citizenship, about a year ago, and the local chapter members are on average older than the folks I usually hang out with—more funerals. Ms. Conspiracy and I talked about our legacies yesterday and what people would say about us at our funerals. This blog is not something I would put on my life list of virtues–the issue is just not that important. Rather I would like to be remembered for the the non-profits I’ve helped to get their web sites up and the seniors I have helped to get their email working again.
That said, there are arguments to be made for the value of web sites like this, such as this:
Even the most convincing critical appraisal of the most farfetched theory will, inevitably, fail to convince the most deluded. Yet, not subjecting conspiracy theories to sharp scrutiny is a serious threat to society. Because they discourage critical thinking and moral accountability, and instigate the most pernicious human instincts, conspiracy theories must be resisted in a world already ravaged by the consequences of fundamentalist mindsets.
— Beverly Ballaro and Chuck Goodwin
— Points of View: Conspiracy Theories, 2011
What was that thing I had to memorize in high school1?
The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones;
That may not be true about our friends’ funerals and dead US Presidents, but Mark Antony was probably on target when it comes to Obots and birthers.
1William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act 3, Scene II.