Quote of the Day: Isaac Asimov.
“I have a right to my Opinion (re Climate Change, say) no matter what the Facts say.”
~ Many Fellow Americans
Truthiness is tearing apart our country, and I don’t mean the argument over who came up with the word…
It used to be, everyone was entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts. But that’s not the case anymore. Facts matter not at all. Perception is everything. It’s certainty. People love the President [Bush, at the time] because he’s certain of his choices as a leader, even if the facts that back him up don’t seem to exist. It’s the fact that he’s certain that is very appealing to a certain section of the country. I really feel a dichotomy in the American populace. What is important? What you want to be true, or what is true?…
Truthiness is ‘What I say is right, and [nothing] anyone else says could possibly be true.’ It’s not only that I feel it to be true, but that I feel it to be true. There’s not only an emotional quality, but there’s a selfish quality.
~ Stephen Colbert
Remember when Obama was called elitist (by Rick Santorum) for suggesting that it was a good thing to try and make higher education accessible to all Americans?
Remember, well, just about everything Sarah Palin’s ever said?
Opinions may be interesting. They may be loud, and eloquent. But that doesn’t make them valid, necessarily. The truth is a quiet thing, sometimes, but it’s worth listening to nevertheless:
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