The Point: Make the Eclipse Great Again

Does everything have to be about politics? For the Colson Center, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

This month’s “Great American Eclipse” as it’s been dubbed, will take place on Monday, the 21st when the moon will completely block out the sun on a path from Oregon to South Carolina. It’s an amazing and rare event, but for the Boston Globe, this astronomical wonder is overshadowed by politics.

“The path of viewing spots for this month’s solar eclipse,” tweeted the newspaper, “cuts overwhelmingly through places that voted for Trump.”

So? Twitter users roasted the Globe for thinking this bizarre observation was newsworthy. As one person quipped, “Try drawing any straight line through America that isn’t mostly red.”

But this is a classic symptom of the political illusion—the idea that all problems and therefore all solutions are political. Those suffering from this illusion soon see all news as political. But sometimes a natural phenomenon is just a natural phenomenon. And when you’re worried even the sun and moon have party affiliations, it’s time to consider whether your politics have eclipsed reality.

 

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  • Boston Globe | August 1, 2017

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  • Just One Voice

    I hope to catch this amazing wonder. So often does my soul need a refresher of this kind. The kind mentioned in Psalm 19!

  • Phoenix1977

    “Twitter users roasted the Globe for thinking this bizarre observation was newsworthy.”
    It’s summer so everything that happens is newsworthy, especially since so little is happening at all. Although this summer is a quite a bit less boring than others with Donald Trump being president.