A friend posted this article on Facebook, Everything wrong with this country happened this morning on my Facebook page, which showed an image with the original erroneous claim. The reactions to it were agreement with the bogus claim. Which was extremely sad because the originator of the claim now refutes it. The whole point of the article seems to be that people seem to have lost the ability to see something, research for themselves the accuracy of the information, and make a decision about it. Instead people see things which evoke a feeling and react to the emotions instead of taking the time to verify. Even when that thing is trying to point out they are falling for stupid things corrected over a decade, but the false version resonates so strongly people perpetuate it because ideology trumps facts.
You need evidence. You must go back somewhere in our objective world of definable objects and time frames and get EVIDENCE before you have an emotional reaction to something. Not ONE SINGLE PERSON went and researched. They had their opinions ready when the manufactured reality presented itself. They gained more satisfaction from expressing their world view than searching for the truth. This is the problem we’re having. This is the core of the problem America is having. If we just searched for objective truth, if we stopped our anger or our emotions for a singular second we wouldn’t have Iraq wars and Afghanistan wars and we’d have an equitable economic system that brought about prosperity to all.
I think a lot about this kind of thing. Some of my posts:
P.S. Snopes and Google are your friends.