Have you ever noticed our natural tendency to consider the source ahead of the actual information?
I could give anecdotes but the obvious and current examples come from the political arena. Mainly, from rabid members of the extreme ends of the political spectrum.
Meaning, make a statement (any statement, like, for instance, Blue Cheese smells like the armpit of a goat . . . if goats had armpits) and attribute the statement as either coming from The Left or The Right; the acceptance of that statement correlates not with whether it’s factual (as it happens, it is) but on the political affiliation of the person you’re speaking to.
Meaning, odds are that most on The Left will dismiss the statement as a lie if they believe it comes from someone on The Right and accepts it as gospel if they believe it comes from their own side. Reverse that for most on The Right.
I point that out because it’s rather annoying listening to the partisanship-driven censure or acceptance of information irrespective of the accuracy of the information.
Look, I know politicians lie. Some even fabricate lies out of thin air like, for instance, our President. But, even Trump with his amazing mastery of the English language sometimes makes a mistake and accidentally says something that — if not completely true — has a kernel of truth in it.
Hearing some pundit on The Left dismiss the entire thing comes off as if they themselves are either liars or stupid (I vote for both). Same for pundits on The Right when they make fun of something said by someone on The Left and dismiss the idiocy along with the facts and thus showing themselves to be either liars or stupid (I vote for both).
I can understand pundits doing that because it’s their job and they get paid big bucks for it . . . but what’s the excuse of the people listening and nodding along? I don’t think they’re liars because they’re not employing independent thinking; they’re just repeating — often word for word — what they heard
or read or watched on their high-def TV. They could be stupid, but that’s an unkind thought to have about one’s fellow humans.
Then again, I’ve never claimed kindness as one of my many virtues.
And now, the photo:
That’s another creation using the JWildfire App on my Samsung Note 8. I’ll probably do another post about the apps I’m playing with.
Anyway, at the very least, if you’re going to judge someone’s opinion you should fact-check what you hear, no matter how trustworthy or untrustworthy the person.
You should check because facts are not opinions (although opinions can be borne of facts) and what you hear shouldn’t be validated by whether you like the person you’re hearing it from.
Sadly, I have little hope for any of the above to sink in given the morass of the current political arena.
On a side note, I was playing around with String Theory and found the optimal way to fold time and space; I give you . . . The Fifth Dimension Packaged For Shipping. Note; that’s not the band; it’s the actual Fifth Dimension represented in 2-D space.
And . . . that’s it
Some of these posts will likely be longer as the mood hits me, but most will be thus; short, uninteresting, bland, and relentless.
You can read about Project 313 HERE.
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