I get it. The “it” I get was explained to me in one sentence. I got into a debate with someone who is very anti-industry. This person is obviously left wing. The sentence that explained the left wing mentality to me was “ I don’t have to research to know what’s good for the land and what’s bad for the land!.”
This picture is what started the conversation. To this picture, I said “fracking is safe.” Then all hell broke loose.
Really, the subject matter doesn’t matter. What matters is that something so … so… out to lunch was said at all. “I don’t have to research…” was in response to me saying “ I don't favour something such as this on a whim. I do many hours of research from many different sources. I read the reports for and against.” Apparently the hours of work, research and knowledge any of us put into any topic is discredited by feelings and is wasted time because they just “know.” I was always under the impression education was a good thing. Guess I was wrong. I feel remarkably underwhelmed by this sentiment.
Experts put time and effort into becoming experts. Corporations must work to regulations and environmental policies. Someone, lots of someones went to a lot of effort, work, and research to figure out what those should be and why. Independent organizations do their own independent studies and put out their own papers to keep industry working properly and working in everyone’s best interest. This is hundreds of thousands of man hours and it’s wasted because I’ve been informed liberals just “know.” Personally, I appreciate and take great value in the work these people do to become experts in the first place. By no means do I take it for granted.
I wish I had that power to just “know”. I’ve joked in the past that I learn through osmosis. My husband is an accountant turned information systems administrator and economist. The economist part happened because he took an economics course (I took the same one) and he passed it! Yay! But he didn’t know why. So he took a course to understand the first course. Then he read 357 books, took more courses, read some more books and this carried on. Now he’s going to write a book and a thesis in an effort to understand. I say I learn through osmosis because I have so much theoretical knowledge in accounting, information systems, and economics simply because he talks at me! His business magazines also lay around the house and I (sadly) started reading them a few years ago - and I find them interesting.
Still, if I don’t understand something, I look it up, find resources to help me understand, or ask people who know about the subject matter. I don’t just “know.” I wish I did. It would make debating with a certain friend of mine a lot easier.
Look at her! She’s cute! She also keeps me on my toes. She doesn’t just “know”. Like me, when Mrs. “Look at me, I’m cute and innocent” starts debating, she researches and asks questions and stuff and it’s everything I can do to stay half an inch ahead of her! What she doesn’t know is I sometimes lag behind in our debates, something I just refuse to admit until we’re done. She can see it as it’ll take me a few minutes to answer her every now and then but I’ll never admit it! I might be considered a little stubborn you see. She uses facts and opinions against me darn it! That’s okay, that’s what I try to do to her too.
Dodge, Parry, Thrust! - I just don’t let her know when I’ve fallen off the log. I regroup and attack again!
I have to say, there are days she makes me feel like this!
I think it's going to be a nice conversation and SHE ATTACKS FROM ALL SIDES! AHHHH! You think it's cool to be Neo but.. it's not!
I’m sounding complain-y but she keeps me honest. AND mental martial arts is far more fun than talking to someone who says “ you work with the oil industries therefore they pay you big bucks to run interference? are you that industry washed?...I feel sorry for you somehow....” or “I ignore ‘facts’ that come from big industry! mistruths diluted with lies!”
First, I don’t work for oil industries though it wouldn’t matter to me if I did. I defend them if I do, I defend them if I don’t. Wait… why am I defending them for free? I digress. I simply live in Alberta. Second, the assumption that anyone will go to the effort of putting out such amazingly consistent lies over so many years is insanity. That means every company in the oil and gas industry would have to be on board. That’s thousands of companies in Alberta alone. The “lie” couldn’t deviate at all. That would be impossible. Each company would have to be consistent in pushing the same misinformation. That’s a lot of work. It’s easier to tell the truth. Ask the Obama administration. They tried to control the media as well as everything else and it still doesn’t work. The truth squeaks through!
So, what I understand is if a liberal/progressive/left-winger gets it in their mind that they are correct in their convictions, using facts isn’t going to convince them to change their views. The facts are “wrong” no matter what. What they feel is correct and what the left wing media tells them to feel is correct, end of story. Mainstream media, in my opinion, depends on people like him. Their narrative would fall apart if more people wanted actual facts, I suppose.
I would feel sad for those on the left side of the spectrum that feel as he does, but I don’t.
I am simply disappointed.
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