Thursday, August 7, 2014

...the voices of reason

Ever since I was old enough to willingly watch the news, or read a newspaper (those paper things that leave ink dust on your fingers) I have thought about how reality can become distorted.

Yes, it's arguable that we all perceive reality differently, but it doesn't help to have it intentionally toyed with.

Now, I’ll be the first to say that my relationship with reality has been adversarial at times, but I know how to reason things out.

But what about others? There seems to be an overabundance of extreme viewpoints: “if it isn’t my view of reality, then it’s wrong.” Or evil, or whatever negative adjective is currently in fashion.

Those extreme views dominate our news media, and our social media.  

If you think you are unaffected, ask yourself this:  When you just read “Those extreme views dominate…” did you only think about the extreme that you disagree with?

What is missing is reason.  

Reason—there's that word again—here is why it's important:

  • Reason is “[t]he power of comprehending, inferring, or thinking especially in orderly rational ways.[emphasis added]”

  • Reason is "[a] sufficient ground of explanation or of logical defense [emphasis added]*

  • Reason is why we should realize that we need to demand explanations that go beyond: "Because I said so."

Face it, we hated it when our parents said that to us.  As adults why do we accept it from anyone else?


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