Logic, sense, and facts are nice things as long as they don’t step on the toes of who we think we are.
ASTORIA, NYC- The “pandemic” taught me a vital lesson: that I greatly overestimated the intelligence of the human species. It showed me the power that people have to choose what they believe and what they deem to be be true — kind of like selecting a favorite sports team or flavor of muffin. It was always may impression that intelligence was something that would automatically cut through the nonsense of incorrect pre-held notions when presented with information to the contrary; that you couldn’t control critical thinking, that it was something that just happened whether you wanted it to or not.
But I was wrong. We’re remarkably able to just believe whatever they are told, whatever the people who vote like them say we should believe, whatever allows us to not have to spend time thinking and doing research for themselves. In an odd way, I understand: critical thinking is conflict. It’s far easier to just believe. Tribe trumps truth, every time.
Watch this video:
You can fact check the headlines if you wish. They’re real.
When it became clear that it was neither safe nor effective I thought there would be a critical mass-like reaction against it. But there wasn’t. They just kowtowed before whatever new strawman explanation they set up next … and rolled up their sleeves again and again. Hey, it’s what our people do.
The power that people have when they want to believe something is insurmountable. Logic, sense, and facts are nice things as long as they don’t step on the toes of who we think we are.
The truth may set us free but that isn’t really what we want, is it?
About the Author: VBJ
I am the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. I’ve been traveling the world since 1999, through 90 countries. I am the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China and have written for The Guardian, Forbes, Bloomberg, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. VBJ has written 3679 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.
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December 4, 2022, 7:26 pm
Don’t forget that the Media we choose to listen to pretty much assigns us our opinions. Everyone is susceptible. We all think that we came to our conclusions due to fact and logic, but we do not. Sometimes our conclusions are correct, sometimes not. Usually we will never know, because we will only believe proofs that prove the “facts” that were assigned to us.
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