Thought of the day

Of course, most people will tell you they believe in the “hard truth,” over some fantasy. The issue is not that simple. Everyone wants to believe that they are not escapists or ideologues or fanatics, etc. Yet even in the case of the “skeptic’s community,” it is the criterion of judgment where someone’s ideological disposition lies. The vulgar pick on obvious fallacies, but the subtle lies we tell ourselves are much more numerous and insidious. One of the first of those lies is the possibility of an completely objective theory of values to which everyone could agree.  It is in our rationalization that makes our ideological commitments function like a fish in water–water just seems like the default.

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