It’s pretty easy for people who understand Math and Science to identify a bad idea because for these people facts do exist. However, because for the last 20 years or so people have to pass school whether they deserve it or not we have a lot of bad opinions regulating our laws in America. The most annoying part is that I have to listen to stupid people act like they have a valid point. The most horrifying part is that these invalid points are being used to create laws and regulations that influence my freedoms. I can only imagine that these are the ancestors of the same stupid people who punished the first free thinkers for insinuating that the Earth was round. America was supposed to be a place that promoted and rewarded free thinking, but thanks to an out of control government supported by people who gleam with pride over statements that have no solid justifications we have strayed so far from this novel, grand philosophy. The main thing I want to accomplish is to give you some checkpoints to know if you have a stupid idea. After all, that is the essence of this website. And feel free to use my own checkpoints on me in the future. A true, solid idea is the goal of this website.
If the justification of your idea or argument is arbitrary, then you have a stupid idea. A proof must be something that is unique to a well-defined situation and directly connected to it. I’ve already written about this type of philosophy in relation to people getting offended. Being offended does not prove anything simply because we can all be offended; we can all use this same argument for whatever we want whenever we want. There is nothing unique about being offended. It’s pretty straightforward and easy to identify when two people are using the same defense and recognizing this arbitrariness has ended quite a few dates for me. Not because I didn’t want to continue the discussion, but because my dates left because according to them, I just couldn’t understand how their being offended was different than mine. If I can use your argument/justification in the same manner, then you have a stupid idea. Often times you will hear people tell you that you’ve been influenced by your upbringing, which is why you can’t see the difference in their usage of the justification. This is a key phrase that lets you know they have no real proof of what they want you to accept. For we all know that they too have been influenced by their upbringing and experiences.
Second and last checkpoint for a bad idea is when an argument cannot be used without “exceptions”. It is really common these days for people to arbitrarily decide when a philosophy is important and when it’s not. If you can’t stand by your philosophy at all times, then a stupid idea is probably lurking somewhere. I suppose double standard would come into play here, but I hate using that word because people have such a hard time distinguishing it from natural, common characteristics freely chosen by people in a society. The main idea here is that if something is really important, then it should always be important; not just when you want it to be important so that you can get your way. A good idea is something that we should all be able to take part in all of the time, not just certain people at certain times. Basically, you will become a hypocrite of you think like this because at some point you are going to support an action that contradicts your core philosophy for taking action in the first place. These types of philosophical arguments lead to indirect relationships verse direct accountability through cause and effect.
For example, I’ve been listening to two idiots argue about whether George Bush or Barrack Obama created ISIS. When the fact is that the lunatics in the Middle East who have been using Islam and propaganda to brainwash people into thinking that there is a righteous God who wants them to sacrifice their lives to punish innocent people are the real creators of ISIS. Otherwise, you could just say the lunatics’ mothers created ISIS for not making their breakfast the way they like it so they got mad and started a hate group. With this mentality of displacement of blame, I would never be responsible for my actions. I could always find somebody else to blame for why I’m doing wrong. The scary part is that now in America there is some arbitrary idiot dressed in a robe who will somehow be allowed to decide which indirect variable (Obama, Bush, or a mother) is responsible.
On top of all this, I saw an idiotic analogy being praised in the media, “that blaming Obama for ISIS would be the same as blaming Obama for George Bush crashing a car just because Obama was the passenger”. First off, if the passenger grabbed the steering wheel then it could be true that he/she is to blame. Second off, the analogy makes no sense because Obama was not with George Bush when the crash happened. George Bush crashed the car and Obama is the guy we hired to clean up the mess. And yes, either one of them could be responsible for their part in the events that unfold after the crash. But the fact is that neither one of them created ISIS. Maybe it was Osama Bin Laden who had planes flown into the Twin Towers that set forth the actions that unfolded. Maybe it was the first George Bush that stirred the pot that led to the creation of ISIS. Or just maybe, it’s the fact that these people have been creating terror and have been at war with each other for thousands of years. However, none of this is important because the only fact is that ISIS exists and they are doing wrong. And fact number two is that blaming George Bush or Barrack Obama isn’t going to solve the problem.
[By the way, using an incorrect analogy to support your argument is only more justification for me to say that you have a stupid idea. Mind you, it’s not proof that your idea is stupid, but at least I have a justification for why I’m calling you stupid]
What I don’t understand is how the media can legally make up crap and stir up trouble based on assumptions and false information, while a citizen who tells the truth about someone or some entity or who offers his/her true feelings about someone or some entity could be sued for defamation.
Bad ideas lead to theories verses direct causes and effects. Interpretations of theories and statistics, much like laws that come from interpretations of religious beliefs, give us the following conundrums:
The College Football Playoff Selection Committee uses rubrics, statistics, and matrixes (theories) to determine who is the best football team and which team would win a football game. Then, two teams with the same record in the same division play and somehow the fact about the outcome of the game was ignored in favor of the original theories that were only supposed to be used to predict the outcome of the game. It would be the same thing as a Scientist ignoring the results of an experiment that disagree with his/her original theory. You definitely have a bad idea if you have to ignore a fact, and an even worse idea if you think a make-believe opinion should replace something that really happened. The only sad part is that Americans continue to sit by and let this crap happen. The only way to challenge the system without being termed “crazy” is to stand up for injustices against other people. If you wait until the injustice is directed to you, people will question your motives. This simple underlying theme of unity in the name of morals is what made America great. And regardless of whether you like it or not, it comes from the teachings of Jesus. I’m not here to tell you what to believe about Jesus, but I will tell you that his philosophies are what provoked the conception of this great Nation.
One thing to be careful of when analyzing an idea is that sometimes people try to hide a bad idea by just always sticking to it. They can avoid being called out for making exceptions to their own rules. But a bad idea will always stink up the place. Anything that is logistically impossible to achieve is a bad idea, even if it sounds nice. It would be impossible to never offend anyone, although I’ve heard people argue that you should never be allowed to do something if it offends just one person. First off, I don’t know how you would prove if somebody were really offended. Second, it is a false hope. Sure, it would be great if everyone could be happy all the time but that is impossible. If we lived by this law, none of us would ever be able to speak or look at each other for fear of causing an offense. And that is why it is a crappy idea.
Another example would be this new theory of “equity” that says the government should fix everyone’s problems. The idea of treating everyone equally has somehow been transformed into an idea that different people have different needs (not sure when this was decided, but I definitely see it happening). Although this philosophy sounds very appealing and euphoric, it is logistically impossible to satisfy all the different needs of people, once again a false hope. At some point, you will have to make “exceptions” and ignore certain differences. Hence, falling into the definition of a bad idea. False hopes should never replace facts and good logic when making decisions that affect other people.
There are many identifiers of bad ideas that accompany any poor philosophy that should be excluded from any form of government; regardless of whether you are communist, socialist, totalitarian, democracy, or a republic. Some things are just pure stupid and will never work regardless of your political philosophies. I’ve always said that some things just won’t function properly in any society because they make no sense at all. Here are some indicators of bad ideas for all societies:
Contradiction, acceptance of two wrongs making a right just because it makes some people feel good, hypocritical actions, effects that are the complete opposite of what was predicted, the statement: “it’s just different because” being applied, avoidance of discussing the philosophy, the philosophy lacks unique justifications that can only be used for its own support, changing the topic when an explanation is required, and yelling and getting angry without making a point (although sometimes the person who has made a point just can’t take the stupidity anymore so be careful with this one).
I must proclaim that a lot of what I just described fits the majority of all “liberal” ideas in America now. I wish Jeff Foxworthy would write a book called, You Might Be a Liberal…, What it comes down to is that bad ideas are just opinions that some people want to force on everyone else. What is the difference between an opinion and a fact? I believe the lack of understanding on this topic is part of the arguments that exist in the US. It would help us all to get a better grasp on this concept so that we can progress rather than digress. I suppose it stems from the devaluation of Science and Math I’ve talked about, and the fact that many people aren’t very good at understanding the facts in Science class. The combination of stupid people being given a diploma and unconstitutional decisions being made has encouraged many young graduates to believe their opinions are more valuable than facts. And don’t be fooled by your professors; just because you can identify and interpret a linear correlation doesn’t mean your explanation of why it exists is a fact.
I can always distinguish a bad opinion when it has one of the two main characteristics I’ve described above. A bad opinion may have only one or both of these identifiers. Regardless, all bad opinions have some arbitrariness to them.