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Response to Phillip McCleod (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2013, 02:50 AM

1. The problem is the people who are absolutely certain they know the truth

and that the rest of humanity is perverse/inferior/doomed because we don't agree with their particular brand of ultimate truth. It's really easy to dehumanize people who don't agree with you when you're that certain of everything.

That was the problem with Stupid's administration, they were all so certain of their own geopolitical vision that they nearly bankrupted us with two wars we had no way of winning. They were so certain of their economic dogma that they contributed to the bankruptcy by giving men who didn't need them huge tax breaks.

Give me a muddler any day. Give me a doubter who asks a lot of unpopular questions, especially late at night when he's drunk and hopes nobody else remembers what he said. Give me someone who thinks something will work and admits it when it doesn't and is willing to try something else. Give me a fiddler, a tinkerer, an experimenter.

Just keep the dogmatically certain away from me and out of power, thanks. I don't care how strong their convictions are. If they're wrong, they just keep bulling ahead because they can't bring themselves to admit they've done anything wrong.

Fundies aren't the only ones out there who are utterly certain of absolutely everything. However, they equally belong powerless and sitting on the lunatic fringe.

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