Unlike my colleagues in the Philosophy Department here at the University of Lethbridge, who are clearly experts in climatology, epidemiology, the pre-contact history of the indigenous peoples of this continent, the list goes on and on … I know nothing about these things. So I’ve been following Abe Lincoln’s advice. “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt!”
Being thought a fool has been bad enough, but it’s more recently been decided that “Silence is violence!” So by not having an opinion, qualified or otherwise, about anthropogenic global warming, how to eradicate Covid 19, the quality of the pre-contact life of the indigenous peoples of this continent … I’ve revealed myself as an AGW denier, an anti-vaxxer, and a defender of the residential school program. And because, not unlike my colleagues, I have a PhD, I’ve regularly been invited to defend these views in public fora and the media.
I don’t accept these invitations, because I don’t want to “remove all doubt”. What gives me pause, however, is that beaking off about that of which I know nothing could be quite lucrative, if someone with the initials JP can be taken as a template.
I don’t know how one gets those gigs, and I’m not sure I’m willing to try. I think it comes down to dignity. I’m not sure what dignity is, but I know what isn’t when I see it.