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.

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5 replies

  1. I always read your blog for a refreshing antidote to the current regrettably pervasive cult-like
    SJW – politically correct blathering – that afflicts our MainStreamMedia, intuitions of so-called higher learning etc.( list too long for my meagre typing skills) .

    Kudos and keep on post’n.


    Duncan J MacCrimmon, BSc, MDCM, FRCP(C)
    Associate Clinical Professor(Retired)
    Department of Psychiatry
    McMaster University


  2. Do you have anything to say about the U of L administration putting faculty on unpaid leave/fired because they choose not to be vaccinated, for various reasons, with the Covid 19 mRNA vaccine?


    • Actually, I have a LOT to say about the administration at the U of Lethbridge, but on this particular issue I’d prefer to know a little bit more about it than I currently do, and to have thought a little bit more about it than I currently have. But in the interim I’d be in your debt if you shared YOUR thoughts with us.


      • This is the from the “Mandatory Vaccination Principles” on the U of L website, effective October 2: “University employees who do not comply with the requirement to be Fully Vaccinated, and who have not been granted an accommodation based on a protected ground under the Alberta Human Rights Act, will be placed on leave without pay effective November 1, 2021.” https://www.ulethbridge.ca/sites/default/files/2021/10/covid-19_vaccination_prinicples_oct_1-21_final.pdf.

        I think it is unjust. To be cut from your means of livelihood for not getting a shot, when the survival rate from Covid is 99.93% in Alberta? And for a shot which, according to many qualified health professionals, can cause severe side affects? 4048 health care professionals (including 97 doctors and 1292 nurses) signed an open letter to AHS in which they stated, “As front-line health care workers, we have witnessed serious adverse events, including deaths, that were temporally, closely associated from the administration of these vaccines.” https://healthprofessionalsunited.ca/open-letter-one/

        No one should be subjected to the kind of coercion that the U of L is imposing.


      • I want to thank Mairin for weighing in here, and I hope others will too. But I want to defend my own silence on this issue. I’d be happy, and perhaps even compelled, to take a side in this battle of the experts, were I myself one. But I’m not. As I said in my “Counting the Cost” entry, better to remain silent and be thought a fool … That said, people like Mairin who DO take the trouble to know whereof they speak have my admiration and gratitude.


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