During the Simpsons episode that we watched many things came to my mind. I have watched my fair share of Simpsons episodes and a common theme is that Lisa is usually the only one that ever cares about anything. She is constantly standing up for what she believes is right. Mostly because she is the only one that is educated enough to know about what is really going on in the world. Homer is the epitomy (sp?) of the uneducated population whose only concern is about instant gratification, and in the case of this episode, making a quick buck. Lisa constantly argues with facts and scientific data that are largely ignored by the people of Springfield because they don't understand it. Ignorance rarely acknowledges truth because the thought process of deciding what is right or wrong usually never occurs which breeds more ignorance.
Another point that I think the producers of this episode were also trying to show is that sometimes people get so excited about their viewpoints that they fail to see other possibilities. Lisa was so positive that what she had found was a fossil and was so sure that Homer was wrong that she failed to see the other possibilities. By opening up our viewpoints and trying to see what the other side sees we may find valid points to their arguments and maybe be able to apply some of their points into our own.
But I think that the main point of the episode is that after all is said and done it doesn't really matter who wins, it is the relationships that we build that matter. Time and time again Lisa rants and raves about this and about that in the Simpson episodes and is usually confronted with many who oppose her but at the end of the day both sides come to some agreement and compromise in order to keep intact the relationships that they have formed. Usually this occurs by the public obtaining more knowledge about the topic and acting accordingly.
Many of the episodes, at least from what I have seen, show that ignorance breeds ignorance, Homer - Bart, and that knowledge is power. They also show that an individual who portrays superior knowledge that flaunts it is also not helping the community. It is the careful balance of knowledge and using that knowledge for the better good that allows others to become better people. This is where our knowledge that we have acquired will do the most good. By understanding other viewpoints and incorporating truth many people will want to do better and start to care about things that may have not even been thought about it the past.