As the initiator of a thread here a year ago regarding divergent viewpoints, there was so much profanity, name-calling and personal attacks in the responses that the whole thread was ultimately removed. The ironic thing was that it started out as a commentary of my observations of reasoned viewpoints getting trashed by some folks whose words failed them. Their only tool of choice was foul words and personal attacks. This, oddly and unintentionally, proved exactly what my point was in the original thread.
Now, in my local paper today, is an article written by a selfless advocacy officer of a prominent non-profit mission, who wrote, ” A study conducted by the Ohio State University provided convincing evidence that a majority of people tend to read articles that already agree with opinions they hold, and not much else.” “If they did read articles which ran counter to their views, they would balance it by reading articles that confirm their opinions. They don’t want their views challenged by seriously considering any other viewpoints.” The above writer approached this subject based on his efforts to re-educate people who held prejudicial views on the subject of homelessness, but I appreciate his look into the dynamics of the human behaviour in a wide range of topics.
I have been mystified by the callous responses I’ve received on hot-topic events related to the woodworking hobby in general. Though indeed I am pleased by the empathetic responses that let me know I am not alone, I cannot help but question what motivates a person to declare that my concerns are unfounded.
I guess it flips back to the quoted text above, where people dislike having their personal views challenged by an objective, well reasoned opinion that is contrary to their own, or perhaps simply don’t want to hear troubling news of any sort.
-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!