Just what do we believe?
This morning I was watching an interview on national television. The doctor being interviewed had strong opinions, backed up with logical arguments. The presenter interviewing him was having a difficult time finishing her sentences.
“A few days ago we had another doctor on the show who talked about the effects of nutrition ….” s he started to formulate a statement which would most probably become a question. He broke into her sentence with a loud, “No, nutrition has no effect whatsoever”, in an emphatic way.
“But, this other doctor was saying that our children only ate mealie-meal and not enough ….”, she tried again. “Nonsense!” He broke into her train of thought. “Why would it be that in one home where 4 children live, only one turns out to have a problem?”, he stated in a tone of voice which did not invite questioning. “Nutrition has absolutely nothing to do with a child’s learning problems. It is a left/right brain issue”, he said.
“So, all the information about preservatives and tartrazine is nonsense?” This time she managed to get to the end of her sentence.
“Yes. Absolutely nonsense. False prophets who give information based on wrong critera!” This he enjoyed saying. “Then what do we believe?” Her question was most probably echoing millions of viewers’ own response at that moment.
The interview ended with one feeling that each day a different expert’s opinion is voiced, which could be totally contradictory to a previous expert, or the next one, causing an avalanche of information, backed by studies done by various institutes of repute, leaving viewers in confusion
Can there be so many variations of the truth? It would seem like it! The consumer is wooed by proof and talks of success told by satisfied customers; very convincing tools in the hands of marketers. No wonder most of us are confused! Today eating this is fine. Tomorrow some one publishes or broadcasts a story that it will definitely cause you great harm if you eat what you were told was good yesterday ….! And so the story goes on, and on. Miracle cures for whatever ailment abounds. Recommendations to use this vitamin, or that cosmetic fly around dinner tables and while hair is being cut and styled, everybody has a story to tell, which perpetuates the unrealistic expectations of willing consumers.