Socrates once said “To Find Yourself, Think For Yourself” There is so much truth in that statement. The reason I started this blog was to provide an alternative to all the partisan screaming heads in the political realm also I was bothered with where this country’s values were headed. I never 100% agreed with any of it and found through conversation with others that I was not alone. So here I am to write about something that I agree with whole-heartedly, my own opinions. In the course of this blog I hope to provide a forum for discussion for everything going on in the country today.
So what I would like to do today is start from the bottom floor. I feel it is essential in this world of “everything now” to keep true to yourself and be an individual. I see too often that ones opinion is not actually their own but the opinion of Fox, CNN, or MSNBC, etc. Internet articles or opinions from 3rd parties should not be your direct source of information on a topic. Now I listen to Rush Limbaugh most every day due to the amount of driving my job requires. While I find him entertaining he also bugs me and rarely he even stresses me out with his huge slant on the going ons of the world.The two talk radio hosts I really enjoy listening to are Tom Sullivan and my absolute favorite John Mcginness because I feel that they bring a refreshing element of conversation on topics where everyone is open to their own opinion and intelligent discussion can pursue. That being said I don’t immediately take their position and make it mine. If the topic that they are discussing interests me or I feel like it would be an interesting conversation for later on with my friends or family I make sure to look up the facts about the situation not just the articles of interest about it.
OK, let’s get into the meat of the subject on hand . First things first, in order to think for yourself and take a position you must start looking things up for yourself , you must be knowledgable of what exactly you are talking about and not just what others say about it. I also try to take this to another level and once I understand the subject matter and background information pertaining to it I look up the articles on the subject that networks and companies with opposing views post so that I am able to get a very clear understanding of why and how each side feels the way they feel. Now I never used to do this, I would just take what I heard for fact but I soon realized that in having a conversation with another I typically was under informed on the matter and therefore unable to defend my view or expose weaknesses in another’s argument.
So, this brings me to my final and arguably most important point. (pun intended) If you don’t know what you are talking about or you enter a portion of the conversation that you’re just not comfortable with the extent of your knowledge on the topic, just admit it! Because if you dont I guarantee you will be found out and brought down for it. Nobody likes “that guy” that argues just to argue if you admit that you’re not fully informed or invested in the topic it will go over a lot better than embarrassing yourself, I promise. There is nothing worse in a conversation that not only feeling frustrated but looking like you don’t know what you’re talking about. If people feel that you just regurgitate what they hear on the news or radio then why are they going to be willing to discuss it with you? They’ve already heard what you have to say from someone with more authority that you on the subject, you just look like a blind follower. Dont be a blind follower. Believe what you believe in. Just know why you believe what you believe. It makes life a lot easier.