Neil deGrasse Tyson Gives Advice On How To Handle An Irrational Administration
Neil deGrasse Tyson was considered by some to be the perfect candidate for the next presidential elections. But the famed astrophysicist and pop-culture icon said on numerous occasions: “No. No. Uh, nooo.”
But this doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have some sound advice for us when it comes to politics. When he was picking up his Lincoln Leadership Prize on March 10, he gave five points for his fellow Americans. These pieces of advice, don’t necessarily apply just to the American people by the way.
1. Voters favour charisma over knowledge
This can’t be any more clear than during political debates or any other political-oriented TV show. Neither of these focuses on policies or reform and how to work together for a better future for everyone involved. If the average viewer wasn’t so interested in the drama of scandal and verbal wit, then things might be different.
“We have to really rethink what we are as a democracy,” said Neil deGrasse Tyson. “Voting for someone because of what they know — what a concept!”
2. Any government is the image of the people it represents.
“You voted for these people! … If you have issues, your issues are not with the politician. Your issues are with your fellow voters,” he said.
What this means is that, even though many think that just by changing the people at the top things will turn out differently, the situation is not really like that because it “implies that we’re all just here, the electorate, and don’t really matter.”
3. Fix the electorate by arming them with science!
“I will go to the electorate and say, ‘Here is what science is and how and why it works, and here’s how you can become empowered thinking that way,'” he explained.
The reason for why every dictatorship eventually failed since the dawn of time is because there are no two people who think exactly alike. They might have similar views and ideals, but if it eventually comes down to it, they too will start arguing at some point. The only reason for why dictatorships exist and have existed is because people are ignorant and afraid of outside forces. By knowing science and facts about the world, they are willing and unafraid to become the masters of their own destinies.
Knowledge is power!
4. Whan asked about the EPA being headed by a climate-change denier.
He says: Watch for actions, not just words.“We live in a free country; you should think what you want,” he said.
5. Defending truth equals defending democracy.
“When people are fighting over what is actually true when we know what is true? I don’t know what country that is,” he said. “But what I do know is that it’s the beginning of an end of an informed democracy when that happens.”