How the Phrase "Vote Your Conscience" is Used to Justify Voting CarelesslySubmitted by xRegardsx on Sat, 09/15/2012 - 17:05
DISCLAIMER: Sadly, I've had to change the title of this from "What 'Voting Your Conscience' Does and Doesn't Mean" to what it is now because too many people in their overly simplistic and emotionally biased thinking (rather lack thereof) jump at attacking an argument/point I NEVER made. Pointing out the difference between carelessly "voting your conscience", objectively "voting your conscience", and explaining which one is more productive is NOT the same as "defining the word 'conscience'". This post also in no way tries to change your principles. Please... pay attention and stop putting words in my mouth because you can't come up with a better argument against me or this post. If hearing the truth makes you feel butthurt... then feel free to continue spamming the down-rating button like I expected you to.
Let's start with what it doesn't mean.
"Voting your conscience" DOESN'T mean...
...making the choice that makes you feel the best.
...justifying choosing the moral low road of two conflicting principles to follow.
...being CLOSE-MINDEDNESS to others that show a flaw in your reasoning.
...being too STUBBORN to allow you to change your mind if a flaw is found.
...discrediting arguments just enough for you to cast it aside with the use of fallacies.
...turning your current "conscience" choice into part of your identity to the point of defending it to the death or avoiding an unwanted and belief changing truth like it's a plague.
"Voting your conscience" DOES mean...
...using critical and objective thinking to observe all evidence and aspects of a situation in order to make a much clearer determination.
...WANTING to hear every argument with OPEN-MINDEDNESS in order to make sure you've covered every base... only sticking to your current choice if you actually invalidated someone else's argument.
...AFTER all is said and done regarding considering everything, THEN applying your principles to determine your choice.
"Voting your conscience" without REAL critical thinking is as careless as if you picked a name out of a hat. How can you do that in good conscience?
Simply telling yourself you've used critical thinking, doesn't make it true. If all you've ever known was simplistic and self-excusing emotional thinking... how could you tell yourself you were doing one or the other?
Cue all the hate with down-ratings by all the "truth-seekers" that don't like hearing the truth, knowing this is referring to them, but don't have the nerve to try invalidating anything I've said.
I mean... who has the nerve to intentionally fail?
I can tell you who has the carelessness to.