Those of us who practice critical thinking understand the concept. That’s what I try to teach to my students every day – look at issues from all sides while questioning the motive of the owner of the message.
Unfortunately, I think too many people (including me) look at the 27.33452% of the population who support Donald Trump and believe they have not processed the information we have processed correctly. That is not true, however – leaving many of us frustrated and angry that people, sometimes our loved ones or friends, have views about politics that we find objectionable and obtuse.
What we are dealing with is a type of re-education that has taken place through the “Uses and Gratification” theory of communication – that people seek out information sources that validate their thoughts. Hell – I do this as well.
But many of the 27% are psychologically weak. They have been given a common enemy. They have been lied to over and over and over. They are looking for something to be a part of, participate in – in other words they are trying to instill meaning and order into their lives.
But their commitment to SFB is less like an avid fan and more like a converted Hare Krishna disciple — who is armed.
The debates are pointless, the field of people who are undecided is negligible, and the danger that we often negate because of its’ mere absurdity is not a fantasy.
This could get deadly my fellow mixers – how deadly I don’t know. Thoughts?