or so we would like to believe. We make choices based on rational deductive processes- or so we would like to believe. We do not blindly follow what others tell us- or so we would like to believe.
A human being is a thinking animal-
But is this the reality today?
In reality, vested interests feed us not information, but ready-made opinions and tell us that their deductions are the only alternative. And many of us believe them.
‘There is no alternative’ is what former British PM Margaret Thatcher said when she wanted to stress that despite Capitalism’s problems there was no alternative to the status quo of their economic system and Neoliberalism. But there are many alternatives, as economists like Susan George tried to explain.
Sometimes we are presented with a false dilemma– for example- “If you are not with us, you are against us” But often there are several options in between.
Former US President George Bush said, “Either you are with us, or you are against us in the fight against terror.” But why did his way have to be the standard? Other people or other nations may think of better ways of fighting against terror.
On Valentine’s day this year we were presented with the dilemma- if we were not with the Pink Chaddi campaign we were against gender equality. This was a logical fallacy, which most of us could not recognise.
Now that general elections are coming up we will be presented with many arguments, for and against the various parties. I would like to think that most of us will use the grey cells that God / Nature (whichever a person may prefer!) has given us and look beyond the rhetoric and false logic and see the true picture.
Everything cannot be just either Black or White. Why should there be only two choices? Life is very seldom black or white. There are many, many, shades of grey, in between.