Encyclopedia Britannica defines aeronautical engineering, an earlier identify for what we now know as aerospace engineering, as a “discipline of engineering involved with the design, improvement, building, testing, and operation of automobiles working within the Earth’s ambiance or in outer house.” However Karen is aware of that most individuals, whether or not out of sheer laziness or disinterest, aren’t going to take it upon themselves to analysis the definition, they usually’re positively not going to learn books written by early aeronautical engineers to know the sphere. So it’s the right phrase for her to redefine for an viewers already inclined to just accept her definition as reality. (Karen’s fashionable in sure circles.)
Thoughts you, precise aeronautical engineering probably and sadly wouldn’t have even come up at school except for a career-day right here or there or a complicated placement course. However Karen has redefined aerospace engineering to imply something even remotely associated to flying. She says aerospace engineering is simply too advanced to be taught in colleges and should go away kids with the unsuitable concept. She says we shouldn’t be educating it. She even creates a listing of phrases and deems them to be proof that aerospace engineering is inconspicuously being taught at your colleges. On that checklist is: Flying, flight, flight path, planes, plane, pilot, airport, baggage handler, flight attendant, pleasant skies, Delta, Southwest, United, American, boarding cross, baggage, TSA, clouds, touchdown, deplaning, taxiing, and gate. Karen’s folks eat it up. They imagine each phrase she says and angrily demand aeronautical engineering be banned in colleges. They write broad legal guidelines, and college boards cross emergency orders.
These accustomed to Karen’s normal tips know to not imagine her. They virtually beg folks to analysis aeronautical engineering themselves earlier than blindly accepting her concept as reality. They write articles, publish movies, ship numerous social media posts, all reporting the precise definition of aeronautical engineering and revealing Karen as somebody who has misconstrued the definition to serve her personal agenda. However then one thing sudden occurs. Karen’s critics understand not everybody following her is ignorant or lazy. Many have secretly despised flying for years. They latch on to Karen’s plan not as a result of they’ve been fooled however as a result of it’s a greater technique of asserting what they already imagine, that flying is harmful.
Flying was by no means actually completely taught in colleges anyway, however Karen and her supporters need it eliminated utterly. What’s worse is that in some areas of the nation, they might get their want.
Now, Karen and her plan should not actual. That is full fiction, however the issue I’m having is that once I step again and check out the conversations taking place about essential race concept and Black historical past (the aeronautical engineering and flying in my story) Karen’s plan feels comfortably within the realm of potentialities.