Seek Truth, Not a Tweet

In a post-truth era, how can we attempt to get clarity in the clutter?

In this post-truth era of “a latest study finds X and you should be afraid or shocked”, many pieces of news and social posts are angled at fear, destruction and division. It’s up to us to find perspective. I’m not saying ignore or put our heads in the sand. I’m just wondering if every day […]

Don’t Be Ignorant

In a post-truth era, it's up to us to work to understand rather than be understood

Lately I’m bombarded by tweets and, well, one thing I think we can all agree from our president is that there is such a thing called “fake news”. Now that I’ve got my radar up, I’m seeing it more and more. Stories on TV and online without confirmed sources. These stories don’t wait to get […]

Working for Perspective

It's important every day to work towards having perspective on our moments

“Dad, are we rich?” That’s a question my then second-grader asked me after school one day. Turns out one of her classmates was celebrating her birthday by having a limo pick up a small group of girls from school to party. Some of her classmates were given cell phones that year. She had been to other […]

Gun Reform: Speaking Truth to Bullshit, Practicing Civility, and Effecting Change

One of the biggest sources of bullshit today is the proliferation of “If you’re this then you’re automatically that” and “You’re either with us or you’re against us” politics. These are emotional lines that we hear invoked by everyone from elected officials and lobbyists to movie heroes and villains on a regular basis. They’re effective political moves; however, 95 percent of the time it’s an emotional and passionate rendering of bullshit.

Normally, we used forced choice and false dichotomies during times of significant emotional stress. Our intentions may not be to manipulate, but to force the point that we’re in a situation where neutrality is dangerous. I actually agree with this point. One of my live-by quotes is from Elie Wiesel. “We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”

The problem is that these emotional pleas are often not based in facts, and they prey on our fears of not belonging or being seen as wrong or part of the problem. We need to question how the sides are defined. Are these really the only options? Is this the accurate framing for this debate or is this bullshit?

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