Imagine All the People

unitystrength

I’ve been watching the political race for the US Presidency unfold, and I’ve been thinking about some of the topics that have dominated US news for the past few months and I’m struggling to understand why we as a nation, as a species even, cannot seem to agree on certain issues that seem to me to be very plain and not controversial at all.

For instance, let’s take the popular topic of the hour: Cecil the Lion and the backlash against trophy hunting. I can’t see anyone making a reasonable, rational argument to support  killing endangered or nearly endangered species. Setting aside the discussion about shooting deer as a supposed method to thin the population to prevent starvation in the winter months when food is scarce, (that’s probably another topic altogether), hunting for sport is cruel and serves no purpose. As Ricky Gervais said recently:

“It annoys me that it’s called ‘trophy hunting’ because it has nothing to do with hunting. There’s a big difference with, you know, hunting for food cleanly and honestly, as we said before, and wanting to know what it’s like to murder a majestic animal for no reason other than the thrill of what it’s like to murder something… Why is bullfighting fun? Why is torturing an animal the fun bit? It’s not fun to do, it’s not fun to watch. I wonder about the psychology of the people that like seeing an animal in fear or tortured or its life snuffed out for no good reason.”

Isn’t this something that we could all agree upon? Is banning trophy hunting really controversial?

Continue reading

An Insightful View Into the Loss of Intellectualism and Critical Thinking

Thinker

This is a first for me on my blog. Normally I would take an article like the one I’m about to show you and use it as inspiration for my own thoughts, which I would then write about here. In this case, there’s no possible way I could write a better article than David Niose has on what I believe to be the very heart of much of what is wrong in the world today.

Now, having just read those words, please don’t tune out. I know many of you want to only expose yourself to happy, positive thoughts, (not that this article is necessarily negative) but I believe this article is so profound and important that it should be read by everyone. I believe this so much so that I’m reposting it here.

The intended audience is the American public, but I think this relates to just about everyone, everywhere. Anti-inellectualism and lack of critical thinking is pervasive in nearly all cultures and societies globally and is really at the root of much of our human dysfunction. Please feel free to share this with others.

Continue reading

The Challenge of Critical Thinking

How critical is our thinking?

How critical is our thinking?

I’ve been studying the concept and skill set of critical thinking as of late and while I would consider myself still a novice in this area, it has already opened my eyes to a number of biases I was previously unaware I had. The trouble with a bias is that it acts like a blind spot in our understanding of concepts. We assume we are seeing an issue clearly because we don’t know that our biases are blinding us from pieces of information that could potentially alter our perspective. I’ve always thought of myself as leaning towards the liberal worldview and when I would hear those whose viewpoints were decidedly more conservative speak about “Left Wing Radicals” I would dismiss those assertions with a wave of my hand assuming that perspective was an exaggerated construct and simply untrue. I no longer take that position.

Continue reading