Better Than The Alternative Tuesdays: Science

Science gets a bad rap sometimes. Genetically engineered food, pesticides, all of the Terminator and Species movies, plastic surgery, fracking, combustion engines, controlled substances, vaccines…the list of what people are complaining about with regards to science goes on and on (and on and on in social media). I’m here to give science a shout-out today! I LOVE YOU, SCIENCE!!

BTAT are designed for me and you to realize what’s so great about this world that we live in and why it’s so much better to be here than not. Science makes our lives better. It just does. There really is no arguing that point. However, I’m going to go out on a limb and get specific with why science is the topic of our BTAT this week.

Science keeps my loved ones (and me) alive.

Multiple sclerosis, cancer, ulcerative colitis, lupus, Sjogren’s, heart disease, cataracts, nearsightedness, diabetes and asthma are just some of our family’s ailments. And a hearty majority of our family are still here because of science. Science saves lives. Science makes our lives easier, more tolerable. Science allows many of my cousins (and me!) to keep our parents around to meet their grandchildren. Science is GOOD.

The more I learn about science, the more respect I have for those who devote their lives to the field. To them I say: “Thank you. But, you’re not done yet. Cure cancer, please. But most of all, thank you.”

Science made your running shoes. And your GPS watch. And all those wonderful Shot Bloks that get you through long runs. And treadmills. And velcro! Where would we be without velcro? And science made the POJs smell less yucky.

I’m grateful for science and all those wonderful discoveries that allow us to be here rather than there. Science beats the crap out of the alternative again and again.

You go, science.

Now go out and run!

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