Reflection vs Intuition And the Basis of Opinion
I play around on some online forums and Facebook discussion groups to discuss political and economic issues as well as tangential topics. A friend in one of those groups asked this question of one of the members:
Why is it James that others here can disagree and do so while holding a reasonable conversation and reading information being provided and answer questions asked of them, while you refuse to do either? Many here have disagreed, and it usually leads to everyone being more educated after reading their conversation back and forth, and it would be nice if you learned how to do the same.
Some people base their opinions on some semblance of data with which they can back it up even if it’s not entirely accurate; others, however, base their opinions on misinformation and a shallow understanding of things based on that misinformation. The former argue their positions because they have the tools to reflect on the topics. The latter cannot argue their well because they don’t really understand the source of their opinions outside of faulty, instinctual cognition.
The hardest part about standing by your principles is remembering what they are. When you base your principles on gut feelings, you and your principles become a hollow husk once you spill them out.