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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Best Thing I've Read Today

Jef Rauner is as sick as I am of people who refute facts with their evidence-free beliefs, then defend their right to do so by saying, "Well, that's my opinion." As Rauner writes in the Houston Press, "No, It's Not Your Opinion. You're Just Wrong"...

You can form an opinion in a bubble, and for the first couple of decades of our lives we all do. However, eventually you are going to venture out into the world and find that what you thought was an informed opinion was actually just a tiny thought based on little data and your feelings. Many, many, many of your opinions will turn out to be uninformed or just flat out wrong. No, the fact that you believed it doesn’t make it any more valid or worthwhile, and nobody owes your viewpoint any respect simply because it is yours.

You can be wrong or ignorant. It will happen. Reality does not care about your feelings. Education does not exist to persecute you. The misinformed are not an ethnic minority being oppressed. What’s that? Planned Parenthood is chopping up dead babies and selling them for phat cash? No, that’s not what actually happened. No, it’s not your opinion. You’re just wrong.
Read Rauner's full piece here..