Trying to understand

Dr. Sowell tries to explain why it seems there is so much ignorance in one of his ‘random thoughts on the passing scene’

The reason so many people misunderstand so many issues is not that these issues are so complex, but that people do not want a factual or analytical explanation that leaves them emotionally unsatisfied. They want villains to hate and heroes to cheer — and they don’t want explanations that do not give them that.

We seek comfort first and trying to understand new things and change creates dissonance, not comfort.

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