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The Pain of Growth

My dad occasionally spouted out little gems of wisdom. Out of the blue, he would say something that I thought about and acknowledged as useful information.
He said once that when you exercise, if you aren't sore afterwards, if you don't feel pain, then you actually lose - flexibility, strength, stamina - you grow weaker.
I have ruminated on this and I accept it as truth. You have to feel pain in order to grow. No pain, no gain.
If you don't do what is uncomfortable, what causes you to hurt, then you in fact grow weaker. The pain of growth is the opposite of comfort.

What goes for one, goes for all.

A very important anniversary is again upon us, the anniversary of THE seminal event in modern US history. I hesitate to say more, for fear of being banished from this website. If you don't understand that, well, I probably can't explain without being banished. I do not know where the red line is.

I will risk it to say that over 1,700 scientists and engineers have called for a new investigation. That is a fact. That is truth.

I admire this website when it calls out the Right-wingers for dissing science, for ignoring scientists, for substituting some comforting self-serving claptrap in place of fact and truth and rigorous thought. Right-wingers don't seem to be interested in mental or spiritual growth, not at all interested in the introspection and self-criticism necessary. They live within a world that has pre-packaged and comfortable answers.

I say again - over 1,700 scientists and engineers have called for a new investigation of this event.

Am I to be banished for writing this? Am I to be ignored or insulted for demanding what a huge number of scientists demand? I expect that kind of treatment from Right-wingers. Is it true here, as well?
I risk this exile, this mentioning of the unmentionable, this uncomfortable questioning, because America is dying. This country grows weaker because it refuses to bear the pain necessary for growth.
You can easily see and hear this -- the Right-wingers lie with abandon, knowing that lies no longer are met with truth.

This country cannot get stronger without straining for more. This country cannot heal its festering wounds without dealing with today's negation of science that permeates even this website.

What Pavlovian bells cause you to salivate? Nationalism? Religion? Fear? The bells will be ringing all day tomorrow, the flags will be waving, the words will come down to us to be loyal and unthinking and passive -- and the scientists will be ignored as usual. Even here.

Are you anti-science when it interferes with your comfort? You need look no further to see America's increasing weakness and why it's dying.

Yours truly,
literally one computer user stubbornly typing

Here's a link to a song, by Alexander Rosenbaum, about a guy sent into internal exile for having the wrong thoughts. A march to a work camp in Siberia.
If I figuratively join that march, well, so be it. I will take my tiny locust-steps and know in my heart that I tried to promote science, even when it hurts.
Especially when it hurts.

Originally posted to locust on Mon Sep 10, 2012 at 09:30 AM PDT.

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