When people meet face-to-face..
When people meet face-to-face, the vast majority of us operate in good faith. We are cordial and reasonable. But on Twitter and other social networks, negativity and chaos often reign. The truth is… it’s seldom healthy to hang out where negativity and chaos reign.
Some claim that our world has grown too complex for the average citizen to be able to understand. I disagree. The problem isn’t that people lack intelligence; it’s that many lack the attention span to seek out and grasp the truth.
Finding the truth takes time and effort. I have trouble naming a single media outlet that is truly committed to publishing a wide spectrum of perspectives. Instead, almost all choose to cater to what one audience wants to hear. This means that to get close to the truth, you must seek out many different sources of facts and opinions.
In addition, the more complicated the issue, the less likely it is that you will find one single truth. Yes, Georgia beat Alabama 33-18 to win the 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship; that’s an undisputed fact. But the realities of our business, social, political, health care and financial systems are far more nuanced. As a general rule, I’d argue that some of what you believe to be true actually is, and also some of what you think is dead wrong… probably has some truth to it.
The stronger your affiliation with a certain tribe, the less likely you are to have a good handle on the truth. Almost by definition, tribes are united by common beliefs and those beliefs are both strongly held and resistant to contrary beliefs.
If you are not working hard—very hard—to find the #truth, the odds are pretty high that you haven’t found it.