Read This: Disagreement

I’m kind of cheating this week. This was inspired by a conversation I had today with a couple activists. We were discussing why people are ignorant or uninformed and how they came to be that way.

Something we realized was that all humans – regardless of their opinion on anything or anyone – select information that is convenient to read. They read things that feel good and confirm things they already believe. I do it; you do it. Everyone does it.

So, my Read This for this week is a challenge: Go read something you disagree with. Anything. Read about the benefits of being a vegetarian. Read about the glories of hunting. Read about why we should burn more coal. Read about why capitalism should be destroyed. Go find something difficult and challenging and read it. Listen to it. Don’t respond. Just listen for a minute.

For an extra challenge, try to find some merit in it, any merit. I’m a vegetarian, but do think that hunting is generally more humane than a lot of the other ways we interact with animals.

Go forth and challenge yourself!

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5 thoughts on “Read This: Disagreement

  1. Go veg! Me too ๐Ÿ™‚ And I read your post without even knowing that ๐Ÿ˜‰ But in all seriousness I try to reach out of my comfort zone, so to speak, with various aspects of my beliefs but it is SO HARD sometimes to find merit in an opposing viewpoint. My library has a portion of their site dedicated to challenging our ‘echo chambers’ which is exactly what you mentioned about our predisposition to seek out viewpoints similar to our own. It has proved to be a valuable resource!

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    1. Wow that sounds amazing. I wish my local library had something like that.

      And I understand. It can be super hard. I listened to a podcast yesterday about people who will swear up and down that they’re not racist while supporting institutionalized racism. It was hard to hear, but I tried my hardest to see from their POV why they’d believe that they themselves aren’t racist and instead just want things to be “fair.”

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      1. Yeah, they’ve taken quite a subtle political stance as of late. They have also posted regularly with tips about how to properly read the media and weed out fake news (aka looking at credible sources). That podcast sounds very interesting and I can imagine very difficult to listen to. When people say “I’m not racist” all I ever hear is “I’m too uncomfortable to have this conversation”. It’s infuriating.

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