I've never really
put this out there to people too seriously, because firstly, I used to watch a guy called Magic Johnson play for the Lakers, then there were these other guys through the years like Wilt, Kareem, Shaq, West, Bird, Oscar Robertson, Bill Russell, etc - and of course then there is everyone's love of The Great Michael Jordan - but really I think this is becoming more obvious every day....
Kobe Bryant = GOAT
If you said this, most people would look at you like you're crazy. These very people have become indoctrinated by what I like to call "The Jordan Myth". 500 years ago or whatever, if you told someone the world was flat, they would also look at you like you're crazy. The ultimate authority figure at of the time, The Church, promoted this idea and imprisoned those who spoke against it. Back then, The Church was the ultimate authority fallacy.
In the last 500 years, there have been advances in the fields of science and statistics. I don't deny that there is truth in the use of these tools for measurement and analysis of every day phenomena. However, in modern times, science and statistics have replaced The Church as the ultimate authority fallacy. People have agendas and many "scientists" and "statisticians" shape their "studies" to fit their agendas. Frauds posing as "scientists" and "statisticians" conduct pseudo-scientific studies to "prove" their claims. Yahoo news, which caters to these impressionable types like to post stories about things like "These foods affect the type of dreams you have". Another one is this whole gene craze everyone is doing, blaming actions and lifestyle choices on genes. My favorite is when Yahoo posts contradicting articles about the best and highest-paying college degrees.
In these types of articles, the authors always refer to the researchers, but they never describe the research methods used to draw such conclusions. And still, the sheeple gobble it all up like fresh green grass in a field or meadow or wherever sheep like to graze. They repeat this information as gospel and say things like "science proves this..." or "statistics prove that..." and cite this pseudo-scientific "research" to support their arguments. By doing this, they are referring to "science" and "statistics" as if they are entities, infallible beings that make decrees for all the people to obey. Science and statistics can be effective TOOLS of measurement, but they are not the ultimate end-all, be-all that most sheeple blindly accept.
So if you should ever encounter a situation where you are ridiculed and laughed at, I say, meet them with the same smug arrogance, knowing they
are just as crazy as they think you are.
Michael Jordan - Greatest of All Time? Yeah, greatest at being overrated.
All hail Lord Bryant, our G.O.A.T and savior.