Before You Argue

As students return to various centers of education, they return with storm clouds on the horizon. From an election with poor candidate choices to rioters burning the businesses of fellow citizens, this Fall Semester looks pretty bleak to me.

Maybe I did not notice before but it seems like the world has become a lot darker in recent years. And a lot more mindless followings.

I have seen more videos and memes flood Facebook for all the different fractions out there, be it the NRA or Hillary. The sheer amount of one-sided posts makes me feel as if I am wading though propaganda aimed for one thing: think only one way, their way.

Now some of you are thinking that this post is a silent support for your cause but let me assure you that it is not.

This post is about using that gray thing stuck between your ears.

Every side want your voice supporting them. Your job is to figure out which one you will give your voice to, if any.

I personally follow this general set of guides: Remember, Research, Question, Why, and Who.

Remember that each person will say whatever it takes to get your support.

Research what that cause or person has done in the past outside of their own sources.

Question their motivation and the motivation of their opposition.

Who is being paid to support which cause.

Once you have done all that, think about what you researched and found. Do you agree with it? Do you disagree? Why?

Now you have actually constructed a plausible defense for your support or opposition to a cause.


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