Don’t try to confuse me with the facts.
My uncle used to say that all the time. Jokingly, of course, when people said really outrageous things that rational thinking persons would never believe.
Isn’t this what we have going on right now?
We want to believe something that we’ve heard because the person saying it is a hero figure of ours. No matter what we’re told, no matter what facts were given, we KNOW for a FACT that our hero figure is 100% correct.
It doesn’t matter that the so-called facts have been certified time after time to be untrue.
Truth obviously doesn’t matter to so many people these days because they want what they believe to be true. No matter what. And they’ll keep searching so-called news reporters until they find someone who agrees with them. It doesn’t matter whether they quote facts or not; it only matters that their views are confirmed by others whose ideas are the same as theirs.
“My mind is made up. Don’t try to confuse me with the facts!”
Conspiracy theories are rampant. It doesn’t matter that they’ve been shot down by the courts; that there’s no credible evidence whatsoever to back up their ideas. As long as there are one or two other people out there spouting these unproven theories, people are always ready to believe them, because they just refuse to believe the truth.
One day, they say. One day everyone will see the truth (as they believe it).
What has happened to critical thinking? To reasoning? To looking at all viewpoints and all of the credible evidence and making an informed decision based on facts rather than theory and conjecture?
I guess it’s easier to believe what we want to believe rather than look at the evidence and make a decision based on facts rather than theories and ideas presented by people with a set agenda rather than with a desire for truth.
Open minds lead to educated discussions and truth. Closed minds only bring dissension and chaos.
Which are you a part of?