reply to post by Screwed
You are right, we should try to avoid disregarding an idea or fact simply because we don't like the person passing it onto us.
Many people seem to think that if someone they don't like says something, than it must be false. But in reality that means that they are prejudiced
and ignorant. So what can you do?
I cannot stand Glen Beck, but half the time he says things I agree with. Half the time I think he's reprehensible, disgusting, and a warmonger and
totalitarian. Same with most people who believe in the propaganda. Double think is pretty rampant among those who haven't figured out that the left vs
right paradigm is a distraction and the real bottom line is freedom vs tyranny.
But I digress. Point is that with each individual we have to put our personal prejudices aside and evaluate the information presented. Maybe these
documents are legit? Impossible to tell at the moment, but over time the facts will become more apparent to those seeking them.
One thing we must remember however is that the flip side is also true. For example NASA may actually be telling us the truth half the time. They
probably are even, but without inside info it becomes clouded and difficult to discern the truth with any certainty. And which bits of info are true
and which are false? This is a complicated process and everyone is vulnerable to being misled by preconceived notions, and allowing cognitive
dissonance to satisfy their intellectual curiosity.
Plus consider that every human knows inherently that each individual human being is both a liar and a truth teller, depending on the timing. Who among
us have not lied at some point? Of course some become compulsive but yet still may relate a few truths now and then. Determining the veracity of a
claim is a balancing act, opposing points have to be considered and the facts have to be weighed, but at the same time new information must be
accepted if it becomes available.
So in essence, my approach to Alex Jones has been the same approach that I take with all other media outlets, I try to question what is presented. I
wonder about the motives behind it, etc. But I also enjoy the comedic approach and I think AJ is pretty sarcastic. He did some great skits in the past
that were really funny satires.
I am usually pretty mixed with most people, I understand we all have our negative and positive traits, and I try to respect people's integrity beyond
that. Although perfection is impossible I don't see any harm in trying to be fair about things intellectually, and be willing to forgo my own beliefs
if overwhelming information crushes it. That doesn't mean that I'm going to just automatically "believe" the opposite however, but rather I become
more cautious overall and try to leave my options open and consider alternatives.
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