Stop Using 'Bias' As An Excuse To Remain Uninformed

3 Reasons You Should Stop Using 'Bias' As An Excuse To Remain Uninformed

Admit it: You're lazy and ignorant. But, you can change.


WARNING: Brutal honesty included in this article. Prepare yourself.

Here's the rub. Everything, and every person in this life, is biased. Its human nature. We judge. We form opinions. By claiming that certain information is somehow too biased for your attention, you are basically saying that you are incapable of separating fact from opinion.

Newsflash: you sound stupid.

I won't apologize for being blunt, because some people need to hear this. We are now faced with a generation of politically illiterate individuals. They've been fed this idea that they can't possibly read this or watch that because, *GASP*, it's ... biased. Cue scary piano riff.

1. Information is information, regardless of how it is framed.

If you find yourself questioning certain information, you can fact-check and confirm sources. We live in this reality where all of the information we could ever need is at our fingertips. This accessibility, unfortunately, has made us less intelligent. People are much less likely to seek out information because they can just google it when they need to.

I actively try to expose myself to every avenue of information possible, and everyone else should too. Believe me, I understand sometimes it is frustrating to see things framed in a way that you don't agree with.

But the minute you decide to stop exposing yourself to it, you have become ignorant.

Everyone should be reading a variety of newspapers as well as watching a variety of news channels. What's most interesting about the people claiming what I like to call 'the bias defense', is that they actually haven't ever watched or read from the source they're discrediting.

2. Exposition to different views strengthens your arguments.

How exactly are you to rebut something that you don't understand the reasoning behind?

We have a habit of believing that people with other opinions are somehow less intelligent than us. We forget the idea of perspective. Perspective, coupled with values, and personal experience shape our opinions. Until you are willing to walk a mile in your counterpart's shoes, you will never be able to convince them of your own opinion.

A common failure among many left-leaning debaters is their instinct to assume any opinion on the right side of the isle is based in hatred, bigotry, racism, sexism, and more. At that point, they've lost any chance of persuasion. Insulting your opponent is never a good start.

The purpose of debate, besides to promote dialogue, is to persuade. Persuasion cannot occur through misunderstanding and mockery of one's opinions.

Persuasion can only take place once you fully understand the opposing argument and the reasoning associated. What better way is there to do this than exposing yourself to what the opposition is exposed to?

3. Refusing to indulge information from the other side is polarizing. 

We are currently in a polarization period. It is up to us to do our best to bring America back to the middle, and further from the extremes. By refusing to watch, or read the news that you don't agree with, you are contributing to the further polarization of our country. You don't want to see it, so you pretend its not there. But it is there. And maybe you could've gained something from it. Now you never will.

The more we understand why our neighbors feel the way they do, the less we assume everyone who disagrees is evil. This is when productive discussion takes place, and when polarization retreats.

It is an important skill to be able to distinguish what the facts are regardless of how they are framed. It is also extremely important to understand how others perceive the same information. Do not use "the bias defense" to preserve the bliss of a life absent of political intelligence.

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18 Bible Verses That Prove God Would NOT Be 'Pro-Life'

Stop using the Bible as an excuse to take away women's rights.


"Abortion is WRONG because God (the highest authority) says so! Not because I say so, or "religious" people say so or the government says so...because the CREATOR OF ALL HUMAN LIFE SAYS SO."

This argument is bullshit and I'm sick of hearing it, because it just isn't true. All these Christians claim that the Bible and God says that abortion is wrong, and it's clear they've never read the Bible. Have you ever seen them use a biblical verse to validate their claims? Yeah, me neither. And you know why? BECAUSE THE BIBLE IS NOT PRO-LIFE. They pick and choose vague verses to attempt to back up these ridiculous claims, completely ignoring the damning evidence that the Bible, and therefore God, actually supports child murder, infanticide, and abortion.

Unlike pro-lifers, I'll actually provide some evidence:

1. Numbers 31:17 "Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him"

2. Deuteronomy 2:34 "And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain"

3. Deuteronomy 28:53 "And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the Lord thy God hath given thee, in the seige, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee"

4. 1 Samuel 15:3 "Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass"

5. Isaiah 13:16 "Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished"

6. Isaiah 13:18 "Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eyes shall not spare children"

7. Ezekiel 9:6 "Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house"

8. Hosea 9:14 "Give them, O Lord: what wilt thou give? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts"

9. Hosea 13:16 "Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up"

10. 2 Kings 2:24 "And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them"

11. Psalm 137:9 "Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones"

12. Numbers 5:21 "-here the priest is to put the woman under his curse- "may the Lord cause you to become a curse among your people when he makes your womb miscarry and your abdomen swell"

13. Hosea 9:16 "Ephraim is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit: yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay even the beloved fruit of their womb"

14. Psalm 135:8 "He it was who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, both of man and of beast;"

15. Psalm 136:10 "-to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt His love endures forever"

16. 2 Kings 6:28-29 "And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered, This woman said unto me, Give thy son, that we may eat him to day, and we will eat my son to morrow.So we boiled by son, and did eat him: and I said unto her on the next day, Give thy son, that we may eat him: and she hath hid her son"

17. Leviticus 26:29 "And ye shall eat the flesh of your sons, and the flesh of your daughters shall ye eat"

18. Jeremiah 11:22 "Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, Behold, I will punish them: the young men shall die by the sword; their sons and their daughters shall die by famine:"

Stop using your religion to try and push propoganda that "God says abortion is wrong because it kills innocent children." Clearly your God doesn't care about killing children. There is more than enough proof that the Bible and God are NOT pro-life. Stop acting like you're good Christians upholding the values of God when you clearly haven't picked up the Bible and actually read it. God doesn't agree with your backwards thinking. Maybe try do your research before spewing your religious bullshit to try and take away women's rights.

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