Crush Awareness: The Importance of Disagreement


At first glance, it seems as if human social systems and wasp social systems are relatively similar, as long as we just think about them in analogy. Still, there is a clear fundamental difference between us that enables humans to be superior, considering that the world is not ruled by giant wasp-men. I believe this difference lies in the ability to disagree, a trait that wasps lack (hence the term “swarm spirit”) but is overwhelming in humans. While humans can choose and change their path in life according to their own ideologies and experiences, the wasps’ free will is mainly limited to small decisions.

What does wasp tolerance have to do with voting? If you disagreed with something but did not respond to that rejection, what would be the practical difference between rejection and apathy? If you don’t do anything with your opinion, how does your opinion really affect society? It doesn’t. Through open disagreements, be it with a given status quo or with one another, people can make progress as long as we contradict each other in a civilized manner. Wasps, on the other hand, follow genetic instructions in constant tandem. That makes us better than wasps. When you choose to voice your opinion and act, whether through voting or respectful public discourse, you take our society one step further into a realm of new ideas from which we have the potential to grow. You choose to be human rather than an insect.

On a scientific level, there are loopholes in the wasp analogy, but remember that this is all, an analogy. What is important is that we can exist as a species and society in which new ideas generate new developments by civilly discussing our goals and differences of opinion and recognizing and considering external perspectives with which we may not agree. I want to live in this world instead of a world where we all agree and where we never can think of anything new. In essence, every significant social advance in human history has been a contradiction of conventional wisdom. The abolition of slavery, women’s suffrage and the entire humanist movement, for example.

While civil discourse is always critical, I find that the value of your opinion with all the current political activity surrounding Tulare County cannot be underestimated. Regardless of your views on the upcoming California recall election, it is and will remain a political focus. We need to share our opinions on this issue in order to optimize the flow of new ideas and make a decision about where we are heading California together. The weight of our decision is enormous, especially when you consider that the topic is closely intertwined with the COVID-19 pandemic and we must therefore seize every chance to make the right choice.

With regard to the 2022 midterm elections, I want to make it clear that we can bring about political change through many channels, and the midterm elections are one that we should use if we want to see change in our county. And with regard to the upcoming presidential elections, I would like to say that regardless of the value of your vote, you are using your precious ability to vote against. As long as we continue to appreciate and choose this ability, we can continue to influence the state, the county, and the world in which we live.

Jack Goldstone is a student at Woodlake High School.

This guest column is not a news article, it is the author’s opinion and does not reflect the views of The Sun-Gazette.

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