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Paradigm Shift Or Not

Updated on August 31, 2015

Miriam Webster

Miriam Webster defines a paradigm as : a philosophical and theoretical framework of a scientific school or discipline within which theories, laws, and generalizations and the experiments performed in support of them are formulated; broadly : a philosophical or theoretical framework of any kind — par·a·dig·mat·ic adjectivepar·a·dig·mat·i·cal·ly adverb

Paradigm Shift

Thomas Kuhn wrote The Structure of Scientific Revolution; A Paradigm shift in the 1960s. This idea became a new way to examine scientific evidence. Today we think of of a paradigm shift as any new way of thinking. There is evidence that the United States has gone through a shift in thinking in the last hundred years, the shift accelerating the last twenty five years due to rapidly changing technology.

There are those who say the United States was founded on Christian beliefs; some say it wasn't. Let's assume the United States was founded on Christian beliefs and now rejects those beliefs. This would be a paradigm shift.

Disturbing Trend

A disturbing trend, in my opinion, is the treatment of life. Global thinking currently says some people are more valuable than others. Religion, politics, herd mentality are all contributors to this idea. Under the protection of the 1st amendment some Americans can say whatever they want, providing it agrees with special interest groups in power. Current thinking says conservatives and Christian ideas are invalid. These villains, according to the morning news most days, are absurd little people with no education and lots of money. Whereas everyone else is concerned with the little people, to assure they get their fair share. A nice idea until you as the questions what is a fair share? Who decides what is fair?

The former Governor of Vermont Howard Dean said recently,"The Benghazi embassy scandal is laughable."

Whoa!. If the only purpose of an embassy is to provide paperwork the hoopla about the attack and alleged cover-up is exaggerated and the death of four American citizens unfortunate"..

What do you think about someone saying that the death of a person is laughable?

Dr. Dean, a physician, is also the chairman of the Democrat National Committee. Were he the head of the National Republican Committee saying the covering-up the death of United States Ambassador laughable would have been top of the hour news for a week. Despite saying this on television not too many have heard this. Why doesn't this bother media?

Death is never laughable be it your best friend, an enemy, or an American ambassador.

Embassies Around The World

A sometimes international traveler with friends around the world, my emergency plans have always included the U.S. embassy in the country I am visiting. To me the embassy has always been a safe place. It could mean the difference between life and death. The attack on the embassy in Benghazi has left Americans around the world wondering if their country considers them expendable.

Can Americans count on their country to rescue them in foreign countries? If the government won't rescue an ambassador why would they rescue Joe Citizen?

Americans, have always counted on their embassies around the world to replace lost or stolen passports. Americans have gathered at the "embassy" if a foreign nation becomes unsafe. That way the government has some idea who they are aiding. American embassies have been the place you run for defense when you stupidly break a law in a foreign country. Ambassadors are representatives of the President of the United States. They are appointed by the president. The property embassies sit upon in foreign countries is considered United States soil. The same is true of foreign embassies within the United States.

Great People Of The United States

I desperately want to believe this country is great, the people are caring and there is hope. Watching the response to the devastation of Moore, Oklahoma after the tornado gave me hope. Watching the first responders risking their lives to rescue people under piles of rubble revives my hope. Responders cared about finding people in the rubble. They were concerned with saving lives.

I saw hope is in the person of a retired Marine.

When the storm calmed, she found herself, able bodied across the street from a flattened school. She said in an interview,"My training kicked in and I went to work". The Wall Street Journal wrote this about this woman. A teacher said " When the storm stopped we were all covered with rubble. There was the smell of gas, so we had to get out. In our way was a pile of rubble too high for the children to get over, a women appeared on other side, we lifted all the children over the rubble to her".

Nobody told this woman she had to go help. She helped because that's what good citizens do,.

She is the kind of person upon which this country was founded. The person who doesn't wait to be told what to do or who is worthy of helping. It is the man or women who figures out the best way and persists. Fredrick Douglas, R. G.LeTourneau, Benjamin Banneker, Harriet Tubman are Americans who had strong sense of right from wrong. Their belief system said people were important.

Watching the way Americans come together in a time of need gives me hope. This glimmer of hope comes when the collective governing body is rendered ineffective. There is hope when I hear financial advisers say there are no jobs for teens and young adults graduating from college, therefore they are becoming entrepreneurs.

For a generation the mantra, "Education is the solution" has been chanted throughout our educational system. Malcolm Gladwell in his book Blink says often more information is just more information; the missing link is understanding. In my opinion, a paradigm shift has happened to dumb down citizens of the United States. The powers in charge predetermine the outcome regardless of fact or supporting evidence. Media determines who is worthy and who isn't. Everything must be done right now or the evidence might be revealed and the truth that some people are invalid might be revealed, We ask for facts then disregard or ignore them if they don't fit the proper philosophy. Has the United States ever been a nation which regarded life as sacred?

Has there been a paradigm shift or not? You decide.

Paradigm Shift 2014

I listened to the radio Saturday night and heard about rioting and looting near a friends house in Berkeley. Bay Area Rapid Transit closed train stations in the area to protect the train system.

Apparently this was the result of a grand jury decision in Missouri which is about 2,500 miles from California.

Is this a rational response? When would this be a rational response if it isn't? How is this different from a You Tube Video sparking the terrorist attack on the US Consulate in Bengahazzi?


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      Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY

      There are many other paradigm shifts that occurred in the recent decades, as you have mentioned. Unfortunately not all are good. Today the U.S. is falling way behind other countries with education. People never learn how to think and study for themselves. They just believe what they hear, instead of doing their own research in order to be able to make their own decisions.

      I think you are right when you said the U.S. is dumbing down the citizens. There seems to be a clear plan to not improve our educational system so that the government can remain strong and keep citizens weak. This has not been the case several decades ago.

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      Vellur so good to see you. Thanks for stopping in.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      An interesting and a thought provoking hub. As you say understanding is definitely the missing link. Great write.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      I have long suspected their was a conspiracy to dumb down the citizens. And it's not just happening in the US either. Billybuc has recently published a hub addressing this very issue. It's worth reading.

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      MsDora, Though the hill is steep the view at the top will be lovely, so lets continue to climb,

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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      I agree that there is a loss of respect for human life, and I find it difficult to believe that it was always so. I'm wondering how as responsible citizens, we can make a difference. It's a steep uphill climb. Thanks for bringing this matter into focus.

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      Yes drbj, I have been wondering as well. Great to see you.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Very thoughtful and well-written, tt. Makes me wonder if that sort of paradigm shift has been taking place in the East for some time.