Old Truths, New Fools

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A fool and his money are soon parted.

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

There tends to be a lot of true in old sayings.  That’s why they’ve stuck around for so long.  There’s probably a good reason why so many of them involve fools, too……

There certainly is a lot of truth in “birds of a feather flock together”.  With social media playing a large role, it’s now easier than ever to only interact with people who share the same beliefs as you- be they political, religious, etc. in nature.  The very tools that were supposed to open our eyes to the world have instead allowed extreme tunnel vision.  We can even chose to consume news from only channels we think tell it the way it should be told.  And many folks think this is great.

But, it’s not.

Instead of actually learning and thinking for ourselves, we allow confirmation bias to color our judgement.  If we like the person telling us the story we tend to believe it.  In one on one interactions this often makes sense, but in the bigger global scale it doesn’t.  If you’ve been on Facebook or Twitter lately you might actually think the impeachment proceedings are going on in 2 parallel universes at the same time based on the talking points coming out of the left and right camps.  Yet we know that’s not actually true.  So how can some folks be completely convinced of the President’s guilt but some completely convinced of his innocence?  Because they only listen to and interact with people who (more or less) share their world views.  This is at best lazy and at worst willful ignorance and is something we should ALL try to avoid.

After all, any fool can criticize, complain, and condemn—and most fools do.

 

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