What Makes Some People So
Self-Righteous About the Metric System?
A NOTE TO THE READER:
I often like to look at websites that focus on so-called ‘science’
or a self-styled ‘exploration of space’. I’ve always loved
pondering God’s Creation, and the articles found at such sites --- while
frequently dripping with modernist drivel or atheistic nonsense --- can deepen
my insights into His Divine Mind. But one article in particular about a recent
lunar probe happened to cite the distance of the probe from earth & moon as
it snapped an image of the two together. Problem is, the article cited the
distance in both the old measuring system (miles) and the newer
metric system (kilometers). This, thought many readers, was unacceptable. How quaint! How backward! How stupid! they ranted in the comments section at the bottom of the
webpage. This sort of thing should be
outlawed. How can a nation like
Well… this was just too good to pass up. The burr in their saddle that bores so painfully into their metaphorical hind regions practically demanded of me that I register to throw my two bits worth into the ring, also. The comment below is exactly as it was posted. Only the date at the beginning and a splash of highlighting throughout the text has been added.
1 September 2009
You know, I sympathize a lot with the metric-pumpers since I was raised in the generation that was taught how wonderful & efficient the metric system is supposed to be. However, efficiency is not the be-all and end-all of everything. In fact, in a world where the totem of ‘diversity’ is practically shoved down our throats, it’s a bit surprising that people want to make everyone monolithically identical when it comes to measurement. Consider: would such people go so far as to demand that everybody learn Esperanto (or, as is the case nowadays, English, since it is the de facto language of global communication & trade) and use this international language exclusively, even to the point of dispatching with their own languages entirely? And all for the sake of --- as is undeniable, were a universal tongue mandated for all --- greater efficiency?
Intelligent persons can use the old imperial system (or
What this really seems to come down to is busybody arrogance. As in, “I’m a lot smarter than you, and I know what’s good for you. Don’t you want to be more efficient? Don’t you want to be as clever & contemporary as me? Don’t you want to fit in with the rest of the world? Don’t you want really smart people like me to approve of you, and deign to hang out with you and socialize with you occasionally? So use metric!” There is nothing intrinsically evil about using the old imperial system. It has a certain charm for those who appreciate something other than a global monoculture, and those who grow up with it are understandably attached to it. Apart from efficiency --- and the kneejerk hubris that afflicts those who are passionately devoted to the metric system --- there is only one reason that drives the bandwagon for metric conformity. To wit, the lure of internationalism. After all, in a world where everybody is expected to ‘think globally’, how can we not demand that human beings share practically everything in common --- including an international measuring system? The problem is, whoever said world peace depends on sharing everything in common... and why should we believe this person? Indeed, whatever happened to valuing people & circumstances for their differences? Where is the bandwagon for a much ballyhooed ‘diversity’ when it comes to measurements?
It appears that ‘diversity’ is only invoked when someone doesn’t want anyone thinking one thing is better than another thing. But when the party line is that a particular thing truly is better than everything else, then diversity be damned. You had better conform.
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