posted on Nov, 18 2012 @ 01:00 PM
Great video, S&F
Unfortunately, the other side thrives on propaganda, not facts.
And as WWII showed us, propaganda can take possession of the entire population, regardless of how unreasonable it is.
This is due to the natural antipathy between reason and emotion. One side, Israel, posts facts at it's twitter; the other side, Hamas, posts pictures
of dead children, or a father with his little boy or girl in his arms. A touching, yet exceedingly demagogic image.
Let me give you an example with how this propaganda works. Almost everyone can see that the majority of people are now 'pro-palestine', So my
brother, who's a chef, tells me that at work his Arab co-worker Marwan asked him what his views of what was happening in Gaza were. Seeing that this
was being discussed by a few co-workers, and all of them were in general agreement as to the 'evil' of Israel, my brother didn't want to say
anything. But, he probed, and my brother said he supported Israel's right to defend themselves, which devolved into a long argument between him and
This is where the emotional effect comes into play. We all want to be liked; when people are being mean to us, and we feel excluded, and we understand
that a certain subject - a political issue - is the reason for this, this can be extremely grating. And THIS - is in the case of someone who knows the
facts, but still wants to salvage his personal relationships, understanding that they are being negatively affected by politics. So, my brother comes
home (we live together) and tells me about his conversation. Surprisingly, I hear confusion in his voice, this, despite the fact that I've informed
him of everything going on, that's he's read many of the book's I own. He was vacillating because his social relationships, his happiness, was
being undermined by this situation. So, he was willing to take a 'I don't know' stance in order to avoid confrontation.
This is the case of someone who has clearly defined views. So what's going to happen with the individuals who don't have clearly defined views? Are
they going to incline to the unpopular view, or the popular view? Seeing education is necessary to come to a reasoned understanding, can all people do
it? It depends. Those of us who are emotionally or intellectually immature won't be willing to depart from a position we initially held to. The facts
I learned were meant to support a certain view - the one initially accepted - so the more I know, the more intractably rooted I become in a particular
Truth and facts reign where emotion has been circumscribed as much as possible. If a fact of the situation happens to contradict my views, I am
required by my adherence to my principles (if I am principled, and not simply an egotist) to change my views.
So many people here can't - due to cognitive dissonance - address or integrate the fact that Israel has a right to defend themselves from Hamas
rocket attacks. They are stunted at this point; they either drop the conversation, or change the subject. And yet this is the crucial point which
determines the other issues involved.