How Can You Say That?

Why do you believe what you do? Pretty much everyone will tell you what they believe on any topic. As a matter of fact it seems that most of us have opinions about lots of stuff we don’t really know anything about at all. There is a general consensus that saying, “I don’t know,” or “I’m not sure about that,” is an admission of ignorance you should be ashamed of.

The things we believe give the foundation of our opinions, which then are the primary cause of our actions. But so often we spend zero time evaluating WHY we believe what we do.

Are you a Democrat because the things Democrats do match up with what you think is right? Are you a Republican because your parent was? Did you form some opinion based on what some person or group said, or what they actually did? If you believe we are all descended for aliens who exiled to Earth, okay, WHY?

Regardless of your opinion, what serious research have you put into backing up that belief? If you can tell me what you believe, but can not tell me why you believe it…..Well, something is missing there.

Do you forward email stories because it came to you from someone you like & trust? Or do you take a minute to verify it’s facts? Does the opinion of an actor or other celebrity of more value than yours? Why? Why not? ‘Opinions are like belly buttons, everyone has one, and no one wants to see yours.’ But we do want to see/hear that of a movies star?

Is a ‘conspiracy theory’ in error just because it is that? Is a government ‘cover up’ true just because it is labeled that way? Why? Why not? As Kurt Cobain is quoted as saying, “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.”

If you were raised in a closet and taught that nothing outside of that space was important – how would/could you learn different? If you were schooled that everything outside the ‘box’ was a lie – will you even look out there, ever?

The times we live in are significant to more than just our life time. If that means nothing else, it tells us that it is time to truly consider the impact of our actions, and the beliefs that bring forth those actions. We all need to take a look around and use our minds to determine the truth.

Do you believe that? Good. Can you tell me why?

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2 Responses to How Can You Say That?

  1. Eric says:

    As the father of two very strongly opinionated young man (I think they get that from their mother’s side of the family :) ) I deal with this pretty often.

    Unfortunately, too many people in our society make life decisions based on somebody else’s opinion and not based on their own research into the facts.

    As an example, my boys are both “pro” Second Amendment and the right to bear arms. At this point I get the feeling from some discussions with them that the “reason” is because I am and because the fact that I am allows them the opportunity to go target shooting which they enjoy.

    They have not taken the time to read the facts about gun violence, what would happen if all guns were banned and why so many people feel very, very strongly about this argument on both sides.

  2. C says:

    A point well taken Eric. Of course we want those we love to hold the same opinions that we do – but we want them to arrive at those convictions on their own.

    Over the years I have observed two scenarios with great regularity. People who even though they said to their parents as youths. “I will never say/do that to my kids!” find themselves doing just that (in fact, in some ways turning into duplicates of them) and the people who move to drastically polar opposites of their childhood experiences. You know what I mean….The person whose role model was as ‘neat as a pin’ seems to frequently become exactly that way or turn into a model for the TV show “Hoarders.”

    That’s why I feel so strongly about being able to explain WHY you feel how you do. It is not so you can explain it to another. It is so you, yourself understand and have good reasoned motives for the things you think, and therefore act on.

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