Posted by Ezekiel 25:17 on September 15, 2001 at 10:11:05:
In Reply to: The last word. posted by Exodus 22:19 on September 15, 2001 at 01:31:56:
Irritation is the only thing that prompts me to respond to a few short points :)
: : Who makes that decision of what _significantly_ affects the majority?
: The majority.
Perhaps I should have used capitals here. SIGNIFICANTLY!
Ask a hundred different people questions on what is important or not and you will get one hundred different answers. Does crime significantly affect the majority? Yes obviously. How about something like graffiti?
: So they've made a choice then haven't they? Is this your view because these 'conformists' don't agree with you?
I think you're missing the point of 'conformism'. It is not agreeing with a stated principle but following blindly regardless in an attempt to fit in the majority. I.e. CONFORMING.
: You just answered your own question... the majority must be correct, as in a democracy they must be able to make their own decision. If enough people thought that marijuana should be legal then it would be, and is in various places.
Again, you are under the assumption that the majority is ALWAYS correct. Alcohol was illegal in America during a certain period, it now isn't?
: : :Your idea of knowledge and my idea of learning are different. Very different.
: : That's because you don't believe in 'questioning' absolutely everything :)
: Actually I do. I just don't believe that the majority is always wrong.
This irritates me the most. I never said the majority was always wrong. In fact the majority is often correct. Yet the clear point I keep making is that the majority isn't ALWAYS correct.
That is why we should not be blind to why a decision is made, and we should always attempt to understand the motives behind it.
I can't begin to imagine anything else that needs clarifying. :)
'Even a blind squirrel will find a nut occasionally'
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