Tuesday’s Quotes – May 9, 2017 – On opinions & thought

“Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.”

— John F. Kennedy

I’ve been increasingly dismayed at how many people espouse extremely strong positions based on something akin to ether. In conversation, it often becomes obvious that those strongly held opinions are at odds with what the speaker really thinks about the topic. Although this phenomena is certainly not new – the desire to follow a path laid by others is innate to us humans because joining together is how we survive – but our world has become more crowded with information, accurate or not, and everyone’s opinions (even mine – isn’t that the point of this blog?), that we frequently do not take the time to think the things that we are hearing through. Ironic that in the information age, many of us seem reluctant to look into a claim before we allow ourselves to react, or before we help to spread it via social media. I’ve even seen things posted by people who I know would never have shared an article had they read it – because the article itself was opposition to the headline. And these are not isolated incidents, not are they limited to individuals of any one political persuasion (or even nationality), or any particular age group. The spanning of generations reinforces my own, anecdotally based, opinion that this is not an educational issue, or a matter of upbringing. I think it is a by-product of having too much available to take in – it is just easier to let someone else tell us what the truth is than to reason it out for ourselves.

So, I’m taking this opportunity, once again, to share the 10 Commandments of Logic:

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JFK photo from insidegov.com

Originally posted May 19, 2015.

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2 thoughts on “Tuesday’s Quotes – May 9, 2017 – On opinions & thought”

  1. I’m with you there. The level of absurdity never ceases to amaze me. It’s the amount of variants on #1 that get me – from the anti-liberal right to the all conservatives are heartless bigots left – too much us vs them all around & to borrow a line from Stephen Stills “nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong” –

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  2. Although all of those laws/fallacies are abundant right now, I see/hear a lot of #6.
    I have laws, too. #1: People are nuts.
    Sadly the lack of critical thinking isn’t just that group of people over there, the ones that voted for that person we didn’t vote for. It is universal. I had to stop following one person I like, and with whom I agree politically, because she kept doing things like ranting about all the fake news put out by the Right and in the next post she’d plop down something that was clearly a hoax (confirmed with a fifteen second Google search), but it was from the Left and so it was ok to leave your brain at the door?

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