“Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion.”
Democritus of Abdera
It really is extraordinary, the lengths some people will go to to try and make reality conform to how they think it ‘should’ be. Or perhaps it’s merely a simple case of trying to destroy that which appears to present a threat to their profits?
I just heard today that there are now a group of people searching out British homeopaths via the internet with the deliberate intent of leading them into an entrapment scenario. They telephone and ask for advice on what the homeopath would recommend they do as they’ve just had a diagnosis of cancer/TB/MS/etc, hoping to draw them into making some claim about the ability of homeopathy to treat such conditions. They then contact the Society of Homeopaths’ Professional Conduct Department citing a breach in their Code of Ethics and Practice, which the Society is then obliged to investigate. Evidence they provide is often selective, so that the quotes misrepresent what has been written or said. Good game, eh?
Well I would like to thank these people most sincerely for their wholehearted endorsement of homeopathy! After all, if it were really just the pure nonsense and woo-woo they publicly claim it to be, such actions on their part would be incomprehensible as well as totally unnecessary. The ‘general public’, for all the scorn heaped on its collective mental prowess by those who consider themselves to be ‘authorities’, is a pretty discerning animal. If something doesn’t work, people soon find out and word gets around, so health fads with no substance (pun intended!) don’t tend to last long, let alone for over 200 years. For someone to go to such lengths to try and discredit homeopathy and the people who practice it, they really must be worried. And dirty tricks departments, by their very nature, don’t get past ‘go’ when it comes to claiming the moral high ground, so they can forget this business about what they’re doing being in the ‘public good’. Isn’t the general idea of good science to encourage the search for truth?
(This is only my opinion, you understand, which is of course an inferior opinion to the opinions of the medical establishment, because they said so.)
“It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people.”