Oprah has a feature at the back of her magazine “What I Know for Sure.”
Oprah is sure of many things, a side effect probably of being omnisciently powerful and insanely wealthy.
I am neither of those things, and my stash of “What I Know for Sure” feels like it’s dwindling by the day.
I kind of thought that in adulthood I would amass an increasing stockpile of true knowledge, but it seems more like the foundational things that just are supposed to be TRUE are running afoul and everything is up for grabs.
Witness my spiraling confusion:
- Fluoride is good for your teeth. Or else it damages your teeth, causes dietary sensitivities, and could lead to cancer.
- Saturated fat will clog up your heart. Or it won’t. Or maybe it will.
- Whole grains are healthy. Or the work of the devil.
- Feel your boobies to stay on top of cancer-related weirdness. Or not?
- Kids have to do homework to do well in school, and ultimately in life. Or homework is a colossal waste of time.
- College degrees are critical to success. Or a big fat money pit.
- You’ll go blind if you watch too much TV. Although apparently not.
Here’s a fun exercise, type something you absolutely don’t believe to be true into Google Search. I promise you at least a page of articles that say that thing is absolutely and undeniably true. And that we are all burying our heads in the sand if we believe the long held misrepresentation that it is not.
Of course, that could just be a myth that I am making up to mess with you. :)