You’re Wrong because I’m Smarter

It pains me to, but I shall begin with a quote. It’s a good one:

“The whole problem with the world is that the fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.”

– Bertrand Russell

It’s a cynical but uninformed world we live in. Social media feeds are flooded by caustic social-political memes, politicians focus their arguments through nurturing disbelief rather than sharing information, and millennials’ most important news source, YouTube, is a nesting ground for character-driven arguments over logic. Pathos is currently the strongest don of argument, and it’s changing the way we think.

The problem with this toxic atmosphere is that all media outlets, all quasi-informative stimulus and all extroverted naysayers matter. That last one, the overly self-confident, hatred-spewing, grandiose individual is probably the worst in terms of influence. But it all matters, and whether you like it or not your concept of right and wrong is at stake. Read the rest of this entry »