Letter: The demise of logical thought

Editor:

Common sense, the one component that can right the listing ship of rationality in politics today, is all but absent, and many voters are losing faith in a system that has abandoned civility and logical thought.

Influencing political decisions requires involvement, and begs the return of our capacity to evaluate the past with basic logic. Every issue before us can be resolved through logical reasoning, so why isn’t it?

The answers to the following questions are buried in a mountain of rhetoric used to confuse an issue to the point where the average person no longer understands it, and eventually, they surrender their input.

Will any law ever stop a criminal from using an unregistered gun for violence? Have pointless wars, wasteful of countless innocent lives and billions of dollars, taught us nothing?

Haven’t we learned that trickle-down economics is a great idea that has always been ambushed by greed? What’s better for mankind, compromise and compassion, or division and indifference?

How did our divide pervade an idea as critical as Public Healthcare? Nearly every civilized nation provides this fundamental protection, and yet the country professed to be a model for the rest of the world, denies it.

When we return to finding solutions to societies’ problems by applying simple logical theory, everyone can contribute to the dialogue and the experiences of our past will shape popular solutions rather than furthering discord.

Mark Jones

Camp Verde

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The_Uppity_Peasant 1 year, 1 month ago

Here's a logical thought: If I own me, then I am free. If I don't own me, then I am not free.

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The_Uppity_Peasant 1 year ago

I recommend Eric Wolf's article "Inventing Society". Wolf states that "society" is just a made up concept that those who cherish the status quo use to try and intimidate those who see through the BS and want change (or just to be left alone). In other words, society is nothing more than a intellectual boogeyman that the huddled masses use to try and control strong-willed individuals. Think of society as the boogeyman and the state as his violent older brother. If society cannot bully you into conformity he'll go running to big brother, crying about how so and so won't let me intimidate them into submission. See, logic will NOT lead us all to the same place, because even logic must be filtered through our experiences and presuppositions.

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