One of the most compelling reasons for my starting this blog was my increasing frustration with the state of apathy in the United States. It’s abundantly clear to most citizens that we’re living in a country that attacked another nation completely unprovoked and without any evidence whatsoever. In fact, no one really asked for any evidence, when it came time to kill innocent people. George Bush has even stated that God told him to attack Iraq. Apparently, this same God didn’t mention the lack of WMDs or warn against torturing prisoners.
In conversations with friends and acquaintances, I found that they were either in denial, or that they had completely rejected the value of logic and reason in addressing issues. It was an eye-opening experience for me, and it helped me understand how so many atrocities can continue while people are focused on gasoline prices. Al Gore’s recent book, The Assault on Reason couldn’t have come at a better time for me.
You can find a sample from Time Magazine: Book Excerpt: The Assault on Reason. The theme of the book is expressed in this quote:
It is too easy—and too partisan—to simply place the blame on the policies of President George W. Bush. We are all responsible for the decisions our country makes. We have a Congress. We have an independent judiciary. We have checks and balances. We are a nation of laws. We have free speech. We have a free press. Have they all failed us? Why has America’s public discourse become less focused and clear, less reasoned? Faith in the power of reason—the belief that free citizens can govern themselves wisely and fairly by resorting to logical debate on the basis of the best evidence available, instead of raw power—remains the central premise of American democracy. This premise is now under assault.
I find this rejection of organized, logical thought to be pervasive in many conversations I’ve tried to start (or end). If there’s a running them for the political/social section of this blog, it’s to try to expose, confront, and eliminate irrationality. One blog is unlikely to change the world (or even a few peoples’ minds), but it certainly makes me feel better.