Being Right and Wrong

"You're not to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it."
-Malcolm X
A while back, I was watching a speech about creation vs. evolution. It was only three minutes long, as it was for a class that I was helping with, but I was still rather exited when I first heard the topic. By the end of the speech, I was rather disappointed. The speaker had, as I had expected, taken my own side in the issue. But his speech had been based entirely on the logical fallacy called personal incredulity.

A common evolutionist argument against creationists is that they only believe in the Bible because that's what they were taught. That is to say, they were brainwashed at a young age and never bothered to check whether what they were saying was true or not before spreading it around. A common creationist argument against evolutionists is... well, the exact same thing. That children are stuffed into public schools (A.K.A., propaganda machines) and brainwashed to believe in evolution, even though no real evidence exists for it. So, are the evolutionists correct, or the creationists? In this area, both.

The issue, of course, is that people believe what they want to believe. Republicans are Republicans because that's what makes them comfortable. Democrats are Democrats because that's what makes them comfortable. Creationists and evolutionists believe what they do because that's what makes them feel good. This means that someone can have the correct opinion, but have entirely the wrong reasons. Just like the speech I heard, which took my own stance, but used a logical fallacy as justification.

Not everybody wants to believe what they were taught to believe, of course. But they still believe what they want to believe, regardless of whether it's what they were taught or not. They believe what makes them feel comfortable. So the question is, what do you want to believe? Do you want to believe that the Republicans are right? Do you want to believe that the Democrats are right? Or do you want to believe the truth, wherever it may lead? Not what feels like the truth, I should add. After all, nobody is comfortable if they're aware that what they believe is a lie. So not what feels true, but what is true. What you believe may very well be true. But do you believe it because it's true, or do you believe something that happens to be true?
"You presumed that because a claim has been poorly argued, or a fallacy has been made, that the claim itself must be wrong."

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