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!