It's Not Called the High Road because It's Easy

It struck me today, while reading different articles, that the easiest path is to take the package deal. Whether it be politics, religion, or anything else, accepting someone else's grouping of beliefs is easier than researching every angle to reach one's own opinion. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Knowledge is built upon knowledge.

But what gets us into trouble is unquestioning acceptance of bundles of debatable ideas. When there is an overwhelming majority supporting an idea, it is probably safe to skip further investigation. (Of course, contradictory evidence should never be ignored.) But, when reasonable people can be of two or more minds on a topic, we should beware of a position on that topic being slipped in amongst the group.

I think we should order from the menu less often. I would like to pick and choose from the idea buffet, thank you.


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