Posted by: Amuk
Does your viewpoint begin with "I hate Bush....or Iran...or jews....or muslims....or blacks...or mexicans....or Republicans...or
Democrats...etc"...and go from there?
I think there is a difference between Ignorance and Opinion. Similar to how weeds are just regular plants that people label as bad, racoons are
'bad' because they steal garbage, snakes are 'evil' because they crawl on their bellies and can kill you, etc. People have a generally accepted
"right and wrong". The majority of people subscribe to these opinions, but there are plenty of people out there growing yards full of dandilions,
hand-feeding racoons, and keeping snakes for pets. Who is to say which side is right or wrong? No one... but they are all entitled to their opinions
Some people think that weeds are bad and need to be exterminated. Others think that they are beautiful and grow as many as they can. I don't think
many people would call you ignorant for referring to a certain variety of plant as a weed, except perhaps a botanist.
In similar ways, certain groups of people, news sources, political parties, countries, religions, etc are viewed as a thorn in the side of others. Is
I don't believe in Global Warming. Many other people do. I wrote a 1000 word essay on the topic with four credible sources to back up my view, and I
got 98% on it even though my teacher didn't agree. Does that make me ignorant? No... it means some people have informed beliefs
. If you
blindly believe in something, that's not good. (For example, people supporting the death penalty even though it is shown to not have an effect on
crime levels). But if you thoroughly research and look into your opinion and find something to back it up, I don't think that's ignorance.
If people have observed the outcomes of certain things to be detrimental to them, I don't blame them for acting against it. As long as they look at
the other side and compare the pros and cons of each side of the argument.
I do agree that people need to step outside of the box and view things from other people's points of view before making a solid descision, though.
The big thing is that people have to be flexible. When something challenges your beliefs undoubtedly, you should be willing to accept it and adopt a
new belief system.
And of course we need one of these for good measure:
[edit on 28-4-2006 by Yarcofin]