reply to post by intrepid
An excellent, and insightful post as usual my friendly Canuck!
However, I'm going to rain on your parade.
People don't want the truth. They want THEIR version of the truth. They want the sort of truth that fits in around their tv schedule - or the truth
that provides them with the justification and means to outdo, beat-on, and generally abuse their neighbour that they don't like - or the truth that
lets them turn a blind eye to bigotry practiced by them or others...
...basically any truth that allows people to justify taking the path of least resistance in life.
From your post I think you'd agree that people with preconceptions are indeed taking this destructive short-cut, to help them assimilate genuine
facts into their version of the 'truth', in an effort to make it more believable.
My point is that the folks on ATS do NOT want to get to the truth any more. They want to justify their version of the truth to themselves (and be
gratified with recognition of this truth by others) so that they can get a handle on the world when it presents no answers at all. Every day I am
constantly reminded that most people on ATS just CANT HANDLE THE TRUTH!
Whether it's because there is large population of poorly educated people on here I don't know. Whether it's because there is a large population of
people on here that haven't travelled outside of their country I don't know. Whether or not it's because ATS by its' very nature attracts
damaged, unwell or just genuinely unstable individuals I don't know.
What I do know is, that for many people on ATS - their preconceptions are ALL THEY HAVE! So they cling to them, perhaps in desperation or ignorance,
simply so that they can continue to 'believe' that they have a handle on at least SOME things in the world. Like a childhood blanket, these
preconceptions can sometimes never be truly thrown out, and will continue to cast a shadow over people their whole life.
I come across as arrogant and pig-headed sometimes. I don't care.
But what most people don't realise is that when I stick in the mud on a subject or someones preconception, it's not because of a conviction I hold -
it's because of personal experience, and a damn good education. I don't passionately argue with someone because I think I could be right - it's
because I've been proven right empirically in my world.
Yet, experience, empiricism, and affirmative education count for nothing on ATS. Popular convictions, preconceptions and mob mentality seem to be
ruling the day - simply because they are not proscribed. Freedom of expression is fantastic, until that expression becomes expressionless because it
is diffused completely in the mire of tripe and spam contributed by moronic ingrates.
Oh it is definitely true that we take things the wrong way much of the time - such is the danger of the written word when 82% of communication between
humans is not verbalised or written. Even so - what is the point of trying to understand people better on ATS, when we constantly have to wade
through obviously unshakably preconceived filth?
But try we do - because we want to deny ignorance. Or at least some of us do.
[edit on 31-8-2010 by Parallex]
[edit on 31-8-2010 by Parallex]