It’s rather foolish to stand inside a burning building as it collapses on itself just because it once provided a home.
People are entitled to form opinions; it’s what we do. But we have to remember that opinions are emotional; facts do not require our feelings to validate them.
Without broad knowledge and cultural literacy, we can easily fall prey to opinions and conspiracies based on the emotional blather of very dangerous people.
Possessing knowledge provides options for greater understanding of our fellow planetary inhabitants and their conditions.