It just makes sense - think about it - Denny Scott editorial
As I sat in my den/home office (which will also be my work office for the foreseeable future) on Jan. 2, wondering how my daughter can get up at 6 a.m. regardless of when she goes to sleep, I realized that the 2021 holiday season will likely be the one I remember as the weirdest in my lifetime.
Why? Well, leading up to and during the Christmas of 2020, we knew we shouldn’t be seeing each other. We knew that COVID-19 is bad and most of us guessed that children wouldn’t be heading back to in-school learning for quite awhile.
The Christmas of 2021, now barely in the rearview mirror, wasn’t like that. It wasn’t until a week before many families would have been celebrating that decisions had to be made to cancel to keep people safe for the holidays.
So instead of travelling all over the place this Christmas, my family went to one place: my brother’s new home, and the only reason we did that was because he had become a part of our bubble (and I know, that’s not a thing anymore) earlier in the month when numbers were lower and he needed help moving.
So while, in 2020, we were prepared for the isolated Christmas, this year people made the decision very late in the year.
That’s a long preamble to say I spent a lot of time over The Citizen’s Christmas break sitting in the living room with my daughter, and, ashamedly, I spent a lot of that time staring at my phone, resulting in me stumbling on to the only kind of “social media influencer” I want to follow: the agricultural kind.
I stumbled upon a number of people who, on social media, virtually walk people through their agricultural operations hoping to pull back the curtain, as it were, on the magic that feeds most people on a daily basis.
While the influencers who were just showing what they do were informative, I found the ones who were most interesting were the ones actively combatting misinformation about farming.
As it turns out, watching someone prove wrong an individual who is obviously both misinformed and trying to stir the pot is about the best kind of viewing you can find on a screen according to my tastes.
It can take many forms, including a video showing why cows prefer to be indoors (and providing the proof behind it), or how they take care of their animals, but the whole point of the videos is to show to the reasonable individuals of the world how farming works.
I “went down the rabbit hole” of that kind of content, which now means watching a number of similarly-themed videos back-to-back, whenever my daughter decided it was time to stop playing board games or Barbie or Play-Doh and move on to watching Disney’s Encanto for the second or third time that day.
Back in my den/office, however, I realized that as much as I love those kinds of videos, the fact that they exist shows a big problem with the world: they wouldn’t exist without a need, and that need was facilitated by a slew of misinformed people trying to lead others astray through the internet.
I know that not every farm treats animals with respect or puts animal welfare first. We get reports, on very rare occasions, of those farms that don’t follow the rules. However, the guiding message in nearly every single one of those videos I enjoyed is that the animals that are treated better produce more milk or eggs or meat. By keeping the animals content, they provide a better product. It just makes sense, if you think about it.
That logic, however, escapes a great number of people on the internet, no matter how many times it’s repeated.
So while it’s great that there are some people generating this content, and gaining quite a following doing so, it’s unfortunate that it’s needed. It would be better if we could live in a world where we trust people to do what’s best for themselves and not try to force our own opinions on them.