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posted by [personal profile] towith at 06:16am on 15/12/2011
I believe that all speech is equal, that everyone should be free to express themselves. I am willing to carry that belief to extremely uncomfortable places, where I'm sure the majority of free-speech advocates would probably be too disgusted to tread. That said, not all opinions are valid and while I support your right to express moronic opinions, I will also support my right to tell you that your opinion is moronic. Here then is a short guide to not sounding like a moron:

What are your first principles? How you develop opinions has a large impact on what those opinions become. If you work from the rigours of logic, observation and experiment, your opinions will become informed by reality, solid and open to change as new data is discovered. If you pull your opinions out of your ass on the other hand, they will be shit.

Always query and question. Do not trust your gut instinct that something is bad or good, your guts are where the shit lives after all. Look at the data, look at the situation dispassionately, ask yourself whether the case in question is flawed. At this point you may feel a small tug inside your chest, asking you whether you really want to question one of your sacred cows. Tell it yes, tell it that you hopes it dies a grizzly death.

Lastly, remember that you are wrong, that you are a moron. History is replete with intelligent and wise people who believed in utter shit. You are not special and likelihood is that everything you think is true is in fact shit. So next time you have a great idea with universal applications, remember that you're a full of shit, know-nothing moron and treat your opinions with the good humour that they probably deserve. Then tell me about them.

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