Mon. Sep 24th, 2018

Flat Earth: Real or an Internet Meme?

In today’s world, our scientific discoveries are at a peak. We know more now than we ever did and have been discovering answers to questions we didn’t know
we had. So, with all of these amazing and new discoveries, people being less open to these possibilities isn’t a surprise. Many don’t like a change to happen, even
if said change doesn’t really change the way they live their life. An example is how upset people got when NASA declared that Pluto was no longer a planet. So
many people took to the internet when this happened in 2006, and that made sense because for as long as these Pluto fanatics were alive, the space rock was
considered a planet.

In 2018, we have another conspiracy with space that has been discussed since Pythagoras in 500 B.C. Ancient Greece. That’s how long people have struggled
with the idea of a spherical Earth. As I said previously, we are at the peak of scientific discoveries and have had people in space. There are photographs of the
Earth that proves it to be round. We are in the 21st century and people still think the world is flat.

It’s so crazy to think that there are people who still try to discredit NASA, a heavily funded organization ran by literal rocket scientists. Flat-Earthers, as they are
known, take to the internet with Facebook pages and Twitter rants trying to make their case to others who don’t care and laugh at their idiotic posts. With almost
nothing to really back them up beside out-dated discoveries. And by “out-dated”, I mean several hundred years out-dated. I can’t tell if they’re better or worse
than anti-vaxxers, whose only real claim was a study with results since proven to be fake. At least the Flat-Earthers aren’t putting others at risk with their
ideology.

Average people can’t really change these believers minds and there really isn’t any harm in their beliefs. It’s just so strange to think that even though theories
that were proven false in ancient Greece, there are people who will still believe them. I’ve tried to get inside the minds of Flat-Earthers to really see where
they’re coming from and why such a crazy ideal would make any sense to them and the only real reason I could come up with was a distrust in the government.
NASA, which is where many of the photographs of Earth proving that is indeed round, is a government-funded organization. Th entire idea of people not
wanting to believe a simple, largely accepted fact for the sole purpose to distrust the government is crazy, but I don’t want to get political.

Some Flat-Earthers may just be playing along with the ideas of true believers of the theory for a laugh or pretending to be one for a few seconds of online
popularity, but there are still countless other believers who will argue their side until everyone agrees with them. It’s a strange world we live in and maybe the
strangeness is what makes our world livable.