posted on Dec, 11 2012 @ 06:37 PM
This is something I have had a very hard time accepting, and honestly still don't really understand. Despite the fact that my viewpoints have changed
considerably over time, I have always tried to run information through logic. Logic has always been the driving force of my thinking. I have always
assumed that everyone was essentially driven by logic, and accepted that logic was the method for discovering truth.
The reason people have all of these different points of view, I thought, was because, based on the information they had available to them, they think
it is the most logical. This is why I have always been very interested in learning the REASONING behind things, and also debating. If someone could
see that their position was illogical, and if something else could be proven using pure logic, it would be impossible for someone to deny. Over time,
having conversations with people, such as my parents, I have been struck with something that seems to be true, though I have a hard time accepting it.
Some people really do not care about logic.
I must admit, I occasionally get angry during certain debates. I am OK with someone having a different view, so long as they have a logical basis for
that view. When I get angry, is when I explain the logic of a position in great depth, and the response I get is just a rejection, and a re-statement
of their position. I say, either there MUST BE a flaw in my line of reasoning, or you must have a line of reasoning that is superior, more logical,
than mine. If so, what is the flaw of my reasoning, or what reasoning of yours supersedes mine? There is no answer. They have no ability to disprove
my logic, and they have no logical argument of their own that cannot be disproven using my line of reasoning. They just disagree.
This is infuriating to me, because it means that not only is their position NOT logical, they legitimately don't care about logic, itself. If a
person doesn't care about logic, then nothing can ever help them see any other perspective. If you don't care about logic, you can virtually believe
ANYTHING, and noone can say or do anything to deter you, because only logical reasoning can disprove something. Therefore, if you don't care about
logical reasoning itself, then you're just completely shut off to everything. I guess I'm writing this because it just does not make sense to me. I
can understand how someone can have a position that turns out to be illogical. What literally DOES NOT compute in my brain, is how someone can
honestly not even care about logic, and be perfectly comfortable with being illogical, since logic means nothing to such a person.