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Posted by Jimmy Minnish on August 17, 2019 under Links | Be the First to Comment

Americans are more likely to base fiction over real truth

She argues that her way of spelling hamster was correct in that it was the way she always spelled it.

First, we live in the post-Truth West. A study I often cite vindicates this assessment, showing that less than 10 percent of teenagers believe in Truth (absolute by definition) and that a majority of Americans are most likely to make what should be moral decisions “based on feelings.” 

Why is this relevant? If people believe Truth doesn’t exist and, therefore, that what we call morality (divine rules) is mere “perspective,” they probably won’t care much about man’s rules — especially since, by their lights, those rules can’t possibly correspond to anything transcending man. Their governing philosophy then becomes “If it feels good, do it.” This was evident in the young woman in the story, who, essentially, insisted she was correct because her feelings told her so.

Relating to this, there’s also the narcissism, the solipsism, the self-centeredness that results when you raise godless children on self-esteem bunk and treat them as if their body odor is a floral scent.

If your facts are wrong, you can always claim a higher truth.  But if your truth is not grounded on facts or other kinds of objective knowledge, such as that provided by reason, or even revelation, where does your truth come from and how do you know if it is true? 

Now the supposedly more moderate Joe Biden has recently expressed the principle of Ocasio-Cortez even more baldly.  The presidential candidate told a crowd at the Iowa State Fair:  “We choose unity over division. We choose science over fiction. We choose truth over facts.” 
Never mind that science is the realm of facts.  “We choose truth over facts.”  Maybe this was just one of Biden’s notorious gaffes.  Maybe he meant “truth over lies.”  But, with the crowd reportedly roaring in support and with the similar statement from Ocasio-Cortes, his formulation is still a telling example of the postmodern mindset. 

Which brings me to the related famious quote by President Ronald Reagan: 
“It isn’t so much that liberals are ignorant. It’s just that they know so many things that aren’t so.” 

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