What is reality.
The Sun revolves around the Earth, as everyone knows, those who disagree will be ex-communicated and beheaded. That was reality a while ago. Now we all know the Earth revolves around the Sun.
We all have a basic idea of what reality is and is not. And for those who voice their opinions that don't mesh with current dogma, we no longer ex-communicate, we place straight jackets on them.
How does society obtain the correct version of reality. Many ways actually.
Family upbringing. News and media outlets. Movies. Arts. Sciences. Schools. Playground banter.
We pick up clues and eventually assimilate into practical sound mind upstanding people of the community.
Only problem. What if the information we obtain is not 100% accurate. Well, its based on facts. Facts determined by whom. Scientists. Who funds the scientific programs. What programs are allowed through the filter and what are not. Who maintains the gatekeeper role to decide which facts are allowed and which are not.
You see, I have a lot of free time. Sometimes I look out the window. Sometimes its raining and other times its not. What's interesting is this. I noticed that it rained on all the major holidays. Why, because everyone was stuck inside their houses. I watched this re-occur for 10 years. Without fail, it rained every single holiday, including election day. I know this to be true.
For some reason, I downloaded some weather data from the web, to do some analysis, and sure enough, when viewing the holidays for the past 10 years, there was no indication of rain or precipitation. How could that be, I saw it rain, my clothes got wet, it happened.
Yet according to the data, it never rained. So which is accurate. That which is documented or that which is experienced. Well, history tells us that majority rules. Reality is shaped and played out based on community agreement. In this case, I was over-ridden. My view of reality was in correct. Or was it.
Perhaps I simply downloaded an outdated or incorrect data set. Maybe. Maybe not.
So instead of regarding our view of the world through the text books we read in classrooms, our new reality will be based on what's in the data. So this would dictate that those who keep and store the data, are the new gatekeepers of our view of reality. And possibly, we could alter history with a few delete statements here and there, a few update statements, and perhaps a few insert statements. Stranger things have been known to happen.
So I put it to you. How important is the accumulation of data going forward. Time will tell. And if it's raining out, and its a major holiday, I say, it never rained.
And there you have it~!