?

Log in

curiosity

July 2017

S M T W T F S
      1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031     

Tags

Powered by LiveJournal.com
dismay

Truth is overrated

I was having a discussion about religion the other day and the issue of "truth" came up. Logic has traditionally held that it is better to be right than to be wrong; and therefor it is better for one's beliefs to be "true" than "false". But in practice it isn't always better to be right. One of the things they teach in motivational success classes is that it is better to be successful than to be right.

Right now we have a president who has been wrong more often than he has been right. He lies constantly. Everything Bush and the Republicans says about Kerry is false. Everything Kerry and the Liberals say about Bush is true. But half the population of this country still supports Bush.

Truth is overrated. I can't tell you how many times I have seen people succeed out of ignorance and false belief where the more informed and accurate person failed. In life being right is no guarantee of success.

Comments

One thing you have to consider....

This administration has the best spin doctors money can buy. Period. Is why the truth is not getting looked at the way it should be with intelligent people. My uncle still has stickers on his truck "Sportsmen for Bush", since there was a small issue of how Bush would not put more constraints on gun ownership. Every stupid little conservative area he will go after. Now I'm hearing how he's trying to convince women that he's the "safe" candidate.
Buh!!
I can't tell you how many times I have seen people succeed out of ignorance and false belief where the more informed and accurate person failed.

... or how often the former has "better" background/resources/connections than the latter - and that's ALL.

Sadly, that *is* all that's needed, these days. Whatever happened to the American Meritocracy? When did we slide into oligarchy?

Re: truth is overrated

As much as most of the things that I want to do to the Shrub crowd are unprintable, I have to say that not _everything_ that Kerry and the Democrats say about Bush is true. I know it's rhetoric but being polarized in the opposite direction doesn't help. You might try http://www.factcheck.org/ for a bit of a balanced viewpoint.