Imagine this: You and a group of friends go out to dinner at a nice restaurant, on your dime. The dinner seems to go well, but you notice that during the dinner each of these people politely excuse themselves from the table for a moment. The next day, you discover that each of these friends during their brief absence from the table were tweeting horrible things about you. How would you react? Would you ever invite these same people to dinner again? Would you be able to trust them in any situation not to stab you in the back?
Do you ensure that your children are properly vaccinated? Do you have friends or family members that either don’t vaccinate or that don’t place a priority on having their children vaccinated? I’ve been thinking about this the last few days based upon a post from my friend Damion.
Would you ever trust a liar again once that person was exposed? I’m not referring to a white lie where someone says something that is harmless, but a lie that has consequences for another person or group of people?
There’s been a lot of blogging recently on the Redford/Stollznow agreement taking a look at those that perpetuated the allegations against Radford and their sudden silence over the apparent fact of Stollznow retracting those same allegations.
Skepticisim has a problem. It’s become ideologically polarized. Ideology is not necessirly a bad attribute, but when it affects a person to the point where they refuse to even listen to a dissenting point of view, then it is toxic, especially to those claiming to be skeptics.
And yes, I truly believe that. It’s way more important for me that people of whatever ideology (political, religious, but in this case political) use reason to make their argument than spout some polemic that I can look up in a dictionary.
Thanks Skep! You’re one of those people I truly respect. A person that doesn’t judge anyone based on anything other than their actual words; And their actions.
It’s essential to me, as a skeptic, yes, even as a conservative, that we not pretend to make judgements based on someone’s stated ideology, but only on what they actually say. More importantly, what they do.