I'm making this post because it just feels like there's no need to speak about things anymore. Nothing seems to get accomplished anyways so what's the point of doing so. Most arguments are nothing but emotionally charged with controversy and "blah blah blah it doesn't matter what you think" on both sides. No one seems to listen to each others arguments much anymore. I'm not referring to ThinkAtheist but I'm referring to many of the arguments I see on Youtube which is the social media I use the most. I don't make Youtube videos but I've been thinking about trying to put a voice out there. I don't really know how to make a video, but even if I did, I don't know if it'd be a good idea.
What do you guys think?
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I think this happens when the person you are arguing with raises their armor to your logic. Now the only reason the other person will be inaccessible to your logic is when he/she is defending their belief rather than think about what you are saying. And this will happen invariably in small conversations like in Youtube in which both parties are trying to throw as much as possible in as less time and space. Naturally both parties will be more busy trying to defend a pre-existing notion rather than publicly conceding to a valid counter-argument and hence looking stupid in the process.
Now there is always a chink in that armor and its upto the clever logician to find out that chink. Its a very long painstaking and mind numbing process but I think its possible to break even the most ardent fanatics. Mostly it'll involve you placing yourself in your opponents place and trying to determine why they think what the do.
Remember arguments with another person is not a debate where you are arguing in front of a neutral person. If convincing the other person against his pre-existing notion is the ultimate aim then basic argumentation almost always fails.
Believe it or not, it does! I understand your frustrations.... I've come across many....especially in my work place...not to mention these government workers, especially dmv employees in la is HORRIBLE!! -__-
Even...Even, even if 99 percent of the world is wreaking havoc on you, let's save the last 1 percent to our beloved ones...... Despite the naysayers, cruelties, indifference and insensitivities within our societies, let's have a courage to say "Hey, how was your day?", "I'm Sorry.", " I missed you.", "You are the best!" " I love You!" It will be difficult at first, but you will be happily surprised at the results. Yeah! It's worth saying it.... ^.~
In a moment, one voice can be ignored, but with time one voice can create a ripple. We live in a world of immediate gratification. We think that if we want something to happen, it should be within a matter of seconds. Social change is (thankfully) much slower. One voice (although ignored in its time) can turn into many. It's the long game that matters. Have patience, and trust that we'll either change and adapt or push ourselves to complete extinction...or maybe both!
I do this day in and day out for my job. I'm constantly working with parents who see no reason to change, but want their children to behave differently all the same. I know that if I just charged in and told them what to do even with research to back me up, they would fight me tooth and nail. Instead, I have to go out week after week...ask questions and hint at the solution, until finally they have this amazing idea. Sure, I don't get the credit...but in the end that kid is learning and that family is happier overall.
Well said, Colleen.
That's how I feel too. Not because of youtube but people in general. People love talking, but they're so apathetic when it comes to actually doing something. Might as well skip the talk and not bother at all.
I think it would be a good idea for you to start putting out videos on youtube. It may not happen right away, but personalities like RayWilliamJohnson, The Happy Atheist, Jaclyn Glenn, and others started out with little to no followers and/or any influence.