This isn’t going to be a long blog; more of a mild rant, actually.
Readers of my blog know I blog about anything and everything that captures my attention but mostly my blog is filled with thoughts, stories, and insights that I gather while dealing with my cancer. Recently, I also blogged about The Skinny On Astrology, why I feel there is still, even in today’s world, a persistent belief in astrology.
One of the reasons why I moved to WordPress from Blogspot is the enhanced logging I get from WordPress. I was looking through my logs this weekend and I saw a disturbing trend; my post on astrology is, on average, 4-5x more popular than any other posts I have created. I link all of my posts to StumbleUpon, and a lot of my random traffic is driven from SU. I get a persistent and steady stream from my regulars, but SU can spike my traffic way up if a topic is interesting enough to the masses.
Apparently, astrology, not cancer, is important to the average StumbleUpon user.
I was shocked. I know that the Internet isn’t a tool for the elitist, intellectual, few. I’ve known that since the says of AOL when you couldn’t enter a chat room without being asked your “Age/Sex/Location” from every cyberslut trolling the boards. The Internet is just like real life and the bell curve of intelligence and interests runs the same gamut as real life. So I’m not sure why I am surprised that Astrology is more important than cancer. But I am.
I suppose I am disappointed. Astrology is crap, baloney, pseudo-science at best, and maliciously harmful at worst. It has no place in our world and is a relic of yesteryear that doesn’t have the good sense to die, because people with an astounding lack of critical thinking skills refuse to give it up. It doesn’t matter if it’s western sun astrology or Chinese zodiac astrology – all astrology is fake.
Cancer is one of the largest growing problems facing our society today. It kills hundreds of thousands of people a year. It attacks everyone and no one is safe. EVERY one of you reading this has been touched by cancer. It is a real problem. Ignorance of cancer can KILL YOU.
How sad is it that the cyber-surfers of the world are more interested in astrology than in the real-world problems and challenges of cancer and survivorship?