The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived and dishonest – but the myth – persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
John F. Kennedy.
[Commencement Address at Yale University, 11th June 1962]
There would be few things I like better than a debate and few things that irritate me more than an adversary whose arguments are nothing other than a reiteration of the popular opinion, myth or cliché of the moment. People who do not construct a view based on life experience, research and study but rather just mouth off the opinions and views that came included with the prêt-à–porter identity of their choice. LGBTQI activist, environmentalist, white supremacist, communist, religious fundamentalist, feminist. Etc. It’s the quick and easy path to achieving a sense of self-importance and place in society. Declare yourself ‘gay’ and you will never have to think about a social issue ever again. Every question has a preset ‘correct’ and ‘incorrect’ answer. It’s just re-inventing religion.