The video below is a compilation of everything that has gone wrong in modern political discourse. It places on full display the ‘feelings over facts’ nonsense that is unfortunately becoming more and more prominent in political discussions.
A more recent example of this (not included in the video below – can’t have all the gems in one clip!) being the 60 Minutes clip of AOC stating that, “[she] thinks that there are a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually and semantically correct than being morally right.” This idea that facts don’t matter if they offend me or the fact that I am allowed to hold ultimate moral superiority over those with whom I disagree, even if they present concrete evidence that disproves my supposition, is a prime example of one the ultimate forms of narcissism – I feel something is this way, and because I feel this, that is how it is and don’t you dare challenge me. Not even with those pesky facts. This is the mentality of an elected official. This extreme arrogance can lead to dire consequences as these are the people in power charged with making decisions for the rest of us.
The video below shows a number of examples of where an individual’s position on various topics is a result of feelings over facts and this is confronted head on, and denounced for the illogical nature of holding such views. When someone holds a particular view, it needs to be backed up by evidence. In the words of the late Christopher Hitchens, “that which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”
Whether it is a popular position to hold or not, it cannot be denied that facts matter. As Ben Shapiro always states, “facts don’t care about your feelings.” Facts are like the weather, they just are what they are. The rain comes when it comes. It does not matter if water is needed for crops, or drinking or anything else. People can’t lie and say it’s raining when the crops are clearly dying due to a drought, just to make the farmers feel better. In the same way that people can’t pretend that facts that hurt people’s feelings don’t exist. Speaking the truth will always lead to more positive outcomes in the long run.