A colleague posted on Facebook something about President Trump being down – in health, in reputation. She went on to explain evangelicals were manipulated by Trump. She was a “Never Trumper” these past four years.
I reflected throughout the day on the conception that evangelicals were wrong on Trump. Some ask, “How could good people support such a horrible human being?”
My mind further drifted recalling Trump supporters offering hope to others with empty promises of the military arresting those involved in election fraud. I thought to myself, “Huh? The Coast Guard is the only military branch with law enforcement powers, and I doubt this falls into their jurisdiction.”
It is time to start delving for good information. The Never Trumpers are negating that Trump did not necessarily behave like a bad person these past four years. I suppose what evangelicals felt was the same thing Rust Belt workers felt, “Finally, someone who represents us before government unlike globalists in both parties.” The Trump supporters promising a strong response to the election were just shooting in the air. Things must change.
Finding good information is the easiest and hardest it has ever been. Access to information is easy. Biased information makes it extremely difficult to get to truth.
It is our responsibility to seek and find. This requires more than a simple search engine click. We must find something that agrees with our prevailing mindset and force ourselves to read an alternate perspective. Sites with .edu and .gov provide some empirical analyses, but remember these sites are limited to a monopolistic ideology. Engaging with others may be very helpful to gaining knowledge. Jordan B. Peterson’s rule to listen to others like they have something to teach you is great advice.
Exercising our minds can be one of the single greatest protections of liberty. Authoritarians thrive with passive minds.