I didn’t think it would be right to just dismiss the whole Rapture thing in an installment of “Dumbass Idea of the Week,” because the more I thought about it, the more I realized that there really is a valuable lesson in this little fiasco.
Sometimes we dismiss evidence contrary to our belief even when that knowledge is indisputable, even when it overwhelmingly challenges our beliefs as misguided or even fallacious. What makes it even worse is that we tend to group ourselves with likeminded individuals who serve only to validate what we already believe to be true.
I know this because I’ve been guilty of it in the past. I know how it feels to think that there are tons of people who agree with you and think you’re right. It feels great to be validated, to have people you respect tell you that you’ve hit the mark.
It takes a brave person to admit when they’re wrong or mistaken. It takes an even braver soul to leave the comfort of his cronies and venture out to places where nearly everyone disagrees with you. I can say, though, that if you’re unwilling to admit when you’re wrong then you might as well count yourself as one of those weirdo Rapture people.
Now of course many of my readers will say “well I’ll admit I’m wrong when someone actually proves me wrong,” but that is already a fail attitude to have. I go into every discussion knowing that I may be wrong. I always believe that I’ve probably missed something, or that there is some other angle to perceive the issue that I’ve not considered. At the end of the day I might reject things that are logically fallacious—especially when someone tries to pass speculation as fact and cannot recognize the difference between the two—but rarely do I deny factual information. Even so, I don’t necessarily deny facts, but rather I may deny its relevance or the presenter’s interpretation of it.
|As always, we are here.|
Politics today is so bitter because no one wants to admit that they’re wrong. So in the face of facts or logic, both sides dismiss any fact or line of logic that are contrary to their opinions as fallacious, propagandistic, or as outright lies. To be sure, there is a lot of that stuff—lies and misinformation—out there, but if we get stuck in the trap of believing that it’s all a lie unless it jives with our inner sentiments, then we’re all caught looking “flabbergasted.”
It’s okay to be wrong, and once you’re willing to admit that you might be wrong on just about everything you believe then you’ve taken the first step to actually discovering Truth. Otherwise, you might still be futilely waiting for the Rapture.