Now there is a word I have not seen lately. And, it struck me as refreshing, but a bit odd that the wind industry would be the one to point out that Iowans are gullible if they swallow the idea that wind creates jobs. As we have all learned, there is almost always more the to the story. It was especially remarkable that the article uses the famous movie The Music Man to illustrate the gullibility.
The word gullible is used to describe people who are easily duped or cheated. I couldn’t agree more, but why stop with Iowans … why not simply tell everyone in the US and around the world for that matter that the emperor is nude.
But, there is more to this than that. The underlying reason we become gullible is more sinister. We fall prey to this when we lose our curiosity for the rest of the story and we accept superficially appealing notions to capture the argument.
Our national lack of dialogue around energy issues rests on our gullibility. What is worse, those in leadership positions will not “disturb sleeping dogs” when they think the gullibility is in their favor on an argument.
We live in a democracy where we need an informed electorate. Gullibility is a formidable enemy to its success.