We (as humans) often look to affirm various ideas we hold, reasonably justified or not, with nonsensical arguments and bad logic.
When we see something that doesn't look quite right, yet validates our beliefs, we all too often accept it, ignoring reason. We want validation. We want to be understood and to have others share our convictions.
We do this repeatedly, and we gradually become more ignorant about opposing views. We call other people fools and yet our own arguments are just as foolish.
We are never right. We never completely understand our world, our lives, or other people. We are always learning. Don't hinder that.
Never put convictions over sound logic or beliefs over pursuing truth.
Conversely, we also tend to easily dismiss opposing arguments because they don't sit well with our current ideology, even if they are strong and well-founded.
We need to understand our beliefs and the reasons for them, and just as importantly, we must be willing to change any of them if better reasons are presented to us.
Many people throughout history have held onto terrible ideas out of willful ignorance. For example, 150+ years ago, many slaveholders would not accept that their slaves deserved humane treatment. They did not believe this because good reason or science showed it, but because racism was built into their culture. It was so ingrained that it continued long after slavery and even to today.
We hate being wrong. Especially when being wrong has economic or emotional risk for us. But truth should be pursued at all costs.
If one wishes to ignorantly refuse to believe in something, they are free to do so, but they should not impose ignorance on others or hurt them in the process.
Encourage reasonable discovery and increasing in understanding. Never hinder knowledge.
@josias It is hard to be a black-and-white person in a shades-of-gray world. There are just some things that won't ever make sense. 😕
@ChiaChatter That is *why* we must keep learning and understanding. We can never know everything, so we should never pretend we do.
150+ years ago, many slaveholders would not accept that their slaves deserved humane treatment. They did not believe this because good reason or science showed it, but because it raised their profits, so the ones who treated slaves humanely got driven out of business.
Fixed that for ya.
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