How we form opinions, and who we are.Submitted by Verrater on Mon, 06/17/2013 - 23:26
I was just wondering if anyone else here has a set of questions they ask themselves to determine if they agree or disagree with idea. In other words do you rely primarily on instinct? Your religion? Your philosophical grounding? A developed and intricate moral compass? What is it that helps you make a decision or render an opinion more clearly? Not necessarily just your first impressions, but your actual written or oral opinion.
I guess I can't really ask that question of others without disclosing what I do for myself.
I use what I call the three evil F's.
Does it entail fear?
Does it entail force?
Does it entail falsity?
If the topic at hand does, I ask myself why I would agree with an idea that is either using one of the three, or being supported by any of the three. It usually helps me come to a more clear conclusion on my position.
So what's your process?