posted on Jan, 5 2009 @ 02:20 AM
People believe what they want to believe. They select information that fits in with their world-views, aspirations, and current conditions, and reject
that which does not. It is possible to overcome this habit to some extent by cultivating intellectual detachment, purposfully pushing yourself to
entertain uncomfortable ideas, exercising critical thinking, and identifying your own biases.
Unfortunately these skills have largely been lost. They take courage, and are not easy. TV and other aspects of our "media coccon" tell us that if
it fdoesn't feel good, it isn't natural. They tell us that thinking from our gut and with emotion is somehow nobler than intellectualizing things,
which is seen as stale and tepid. They tell us that courage means stickin' to your guns, even when all the evidence flys in the face of your belief.
They tell us its more corageous to scream simplistic slogans and throw yourself wholeheartedly into one "side" or anther, rather than carefully pick
your way through an intellectual minfield. Unforunately, NONE of this is true. Not. One. Bit.
A low tolerance for ambiguity is generally a marker of stupidity. Media and consumer culture have turned that truth on its head and gotten us to
equate such stupidity with "courage," "keepin' it real," and so on. Nothing could be further from the truth.