Over the past few months, I have gotten myself, with the help of my Facebook “friends”, into several heated debates over politically charged issues: education, use of GMOs, President-elect Trump’s political appointments and future policies.
I have been labeled ignorant and close-minded. Me? Wow!!
My goal was never to inflame nor to judge, but only to show a different side to very narrow and politically biased arguments. Unfortunately, I did not have research and facts to back me up. And I was called out for it. This doesn’t mean that the other side had a handle on those facts either; only that they were able to throw around some weighty catch phrases.
During this all, I have learned that:
- Everyone has a political bias
- Political bias is a blinder and it has the power to debilitate most healthy debates
- The use of rhetoric and conjecture is rampant when political bias is present
- Rhetoric and conjecture have become mainstay replacements for actual research and educated thought processes
- Everyone is subject to the use of rhetoric and conjecture because it is the easy way out
- The ability to remain objective in a politically biased world is virtually impossible
I’m tired of being cornered by people who think they have all the answers and are arrogant enough to voice it that way.
I’m sick of people who label and stereotype others a certain way just because of different viewpoints.
I hate the hypocrisy that is occurring.
I’m done with feeling like I am clawing my way through a maze of biased or under-informed opinion, just because it was the most recent post that came over someone’s Facebook and inflamed an emotional response couched in purported “facts”.
I want to be in a position where I can share something during one of these debates that makes another person say, “Wow, I didn’t know that”. Yep, I know that not everyone is like me and may not likely actually say that out loud, no more than they would apologize when they know they are wrong. I also know that when an issue is ensconced in emotion, mutual understanding and agreement can never be reached.
I am introducing a series of posts entitled “Focus and Educate Yourself”. The purpose of these posts will be to share what I learned through my own research on different topics that are prominent in today’s world and significant in our current political environment. The goal is to hopefully get people thinking on their own, instead of spewing the most recent babble.
I am welcome to suggestions on topics.
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