Tuesday, September 23, 2008
The Quest for Objectivity
Why do people get mad when someone expresses an opinion contrary to their own?
If two referees see the same play differently and they have the liberty of instant replay to see the truth, they will usually review the play and one person will concede that their call was wrong.
Unfortunately, we don't have the instant replay litmus test in life, but I'm convinced that if we did, the person who was wrong would be more likely to storm off mad than to concede.
Whey do we have a tendency to thing that people of different views are evil or at least have bad intentions?
I hear this all the time in political discourse. As we are in the final days of the Presidential election, each side is painting the other side as evil. Why can't someone be conceived to be wrong but good intentioned?
Our emotions get in the way of our positions. Our biases get in the way of our judgments. Our hearts get in the way of our minds.
The most important question one can ask in life is What is the meaning of life? This question, if followed logically, leads one down the trail of religion (as well as philosophy). But why is religious discussion such a taboo?