All over the world mass demonstrations took place against the rollout of the 5G-network. Protesters claim that the ’toxic radiation’ will cause brain cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, dementia, and infertility. There is zero scientific proof for these claims. Unlike X-rays and gamma rays the frequency of radio and TV waves, mobile phones, and power lines is just too low to damage atoms. So where is this fear-mongering news about 5G coming from? Groups who specialize in anti-technology and anti-vaccine beliefs shared fake reports about the alleged dangers of 5G on Facebook and reached thousands of followers. Conspiracy theories explain the injustices they see in the world, it gives them a sense of meaning and an illusion of control, but does it justify setting phone masts alight?
The internet is full of communities built around hate, conspiracy theories, shooter manifestos, and terrorist propaganda. People who perceive minorities and cultural diversity as a threat, who have a bias against others based on their ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity, can easily find like-minded people with a comparable ideology online. It seems that the recent attacks by lone-wolf terrorists targeting religious institutions were inspired and amplified by social media and alt-tech websites. Homemade guns, not explosives, are now the weapon of choice for these self-radicalized extremists. And a short Google search is enough to find online instructions on how to manufacture homemade firearms.
Murder is punishable by law. But militant ‘pro-life’ activists claim that the killing of abortion providers is justifiable homicide. They believe that abortion is the murder of helpless children and that it’s hard to see why using deadly force against those who carry it out is immoral. We are simply obeying God’s law, they say. For other Christians, the killing of doctors who perform abortions is not just a terrible crime against an individual, but also an unacceptable way of advancing a point of view. Not everybody believes that God’s law has precedence over man’s law.
Ritalin is mostly prescribed to children and adults with ADHD. When used according to a prescription by properly diagnosed individuals, Ritalin has a calming effect. However, many people use Ritalin for non-medical purposes and without a prescription, especially college students. They use Ritalin as a performance-enhancing drug, similar to amphetamines or cocaine. The life of a student can be stressful. Places for top universities are becoming more competitive. Especially high-achievers worry about getting good grades all the time. Ritalin helps them to stay awake, focus, and study hard before a big exam. But like amphetamines, Ritalin in large doses is highly addictive, and educators worry that the pressure of our so-called meritocracy is turning our best and brightest into prescription drug abusers.