|George Orwell: Probably one of the last|
human beings that truly valued freedom
Anywho, I read an article yesterday over at one of my favorite blogs, Western Hero, authored by Silverfiddle. The gist of it is that it's pretty ridiculous that many Liberals think that the likes of Gov. Perry of Texas and Michele Bachmann are trying to institute a Christian theocracy, or they at least would desire such a thing to pass.
Maybe, deep down, Bachmann and Perry would love such a thing to happen, but Silverfiddle is right in suggesting that this is just another cook conspiracy theory, and although we should always be vigilant against the possibility of people trying to infringe on our liberty, we should likely just discard this theory.
I got to thinking about this, though, especially considering the whole blogosphere thing. The question I asked to Silver on his blog is do we actually want diversity of thought?
"Of course we do, Jack! Diversity of thought is the cornerstone of liberty! We don't want to be mindless automaton drones!" Is that really true?
Why do most people even engage in argument or debate? Why do we weirdoes of the blogosphere even bother writing our shit allover the internet? Is it because we truly want to explore and discover Truth? I think some people do, but my guess is that most people secretly want everyone to think like them.
I know, I have a pretty shitty opinion of human nature, but I think this is generally true. We all want to feel like we're right, like our beliefs are vindicated. Humans naturally have an urge to understand the world around them, and there's little else that causes greater satisfaction than thinking that you finally understand something. Usually, the more complex the thing we're trying to know, the greater the satisfaction we feel once we've figured it out.
That's probably why most people get all pissy whenever someone challenges them on this stuff. No one likes to feel like they're wrong, so no one likes to be told that they're wrong. What's more, no one likes to admit when they're wrong. So when presented with facts or ideas that show what they believe to be fallacious, most people would just rather continue to argue whatever the hell it is they believe and try to convince you that you are fucked up.
We want everyone to think like us, because we enjoy the solidarity of having a common understanding. It feels good when you're surrounded by like-minded people. You connect with them and feel a bond with them. We're social animals, as Aristotle said, and we feel most human and fulfilled in society with other humans. So why would we logically want to be in a society where we all piss each other off because we can't agree on everything?
I think most people would just rather that we all think alike. Although I love argument and debate because it is a learning experience (for me at least), deep down I do wish that people would think as I do, or at least admit that I'm right about some things.
Life would certainly be easier if everyone would just agree on everything, and we know the price that we have to pay for freedom of thought. Some of us say that it's well worth the price, but I wonder how many of us actually mean it.