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[–] alphasnail 2 points 9 points (+11|-2) ago  (edited ago)

"You're crazy." is pretty rational response to randomly being called a Nazi.

I think we need to get away from extremes. It's not either/or with most people. As in, most people aren't one extreme (Nazi) or the other extreme (crazy.) Those type of discussions are not constructive in any way and only solicit self-defense from each party.

Unfortunately, I think we need to get back to the elementary principles of how to think rationally, all of us, including conservatives.

Feelings are no substitute for rational thinking, ideas can be examined without being embraced, distinguish facts from opinions, avoiding biases that confirm a personal view, having the humility to change one's own mind, and most of all being honest with themselves.

In my opinion there is no easy fix as this mental sickness runs deep in society.

Either/or thinking, double standards, irrelevant criteria, and overgeneralizing people as Nazis or crazy is received as attacks. People really don't know how to communicate anymore.


[–] McFucklet [S] 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

I think incorporating philosphy into education at an early age would address a lot of this.


[–] alphasnail 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

It probably would. I could be wrong, but I have a feeling that if someone presented a school board with a curriculum that taught students how to engage each other in healthy ways that it might be called crazy.

When people talk it is supposed to be a meeting of minds where ideas can be examined. It is not supposed to be a warfare of minds at every turn, but it kind of is and it's discouraging.

Glad you had the rare encounter of meeting another rational person. That is truly rare these days.


[–] Doglegwarrior 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I think jordan peterson is pushing for this kind of thinking


[–] alphasnail 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Well, I think if people want to have constructive and actually productive discussions then they need to approach it rationally. Otherwise it inevitably devolves into pointless name calling and shit posting of people desperately grasping to control a narrative.

But maybe that's the point? Maybe some peoples' rationale is so weak and flawed that it can't stand to critical thinking so they take the low road to appeal to emotion.