Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Are some people "stopped clocks"?

There are several people who, when they disagree with me, cause me to stop and reconsider my position. It doesn't mean I'll change my mind, but a disagreement is a clear warning sign that I should consider whether I'm wrong.

There are more people who have no credibility on certain topics, and when they disagree with me on one of those topics I barely even notice. I realize this shouldn't be the case. I ought to pay attention to anyone who disagrees; give them a chance to make a point (not merely a claim). I could learn something I don't know. After all, you know what they say about stopped clocks.

One example: David Hogg is a liar and/or an idiot when it comes to guns and rights. But, he did tweet in favor of doing away with Daylight "Saving" Time, so he's obviously not automatically wrong about everything. It's possible-- though unlikely-- he might one day say something smart or honest about guns. So should I pay attention to his opinions?

The problem is, life is too short to pay unlimited attention to every opinionizer on every topic. This means that you'll save some time at the risk of missing the occasional diamond. Everything is a trade-off.

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