Honestly, Lets Be Smart
I have been profoundly disappointed in the Collegian’s repeated feeble attempts at being intelligent. Monday was a shining example, where the opinion section sported Andy Nicewicz’s supremely self-defeating article about abortion. There is not enough paper to devote to this issue in its entirety, so I will just deal with a couple of the vital errors in logic and reason that were made.
First of all, the statement “It’s a moral issue, not a political one” assumes (falsely) that the two are separate. Statistically, as a nation we have always favored political leaders who have strong moral convictions and subsequently stand by them.
This begs the question: Without moral convictions in our politicians, would we as thinking Americans still vote for them? Think about it. Think in terms of whys, hows and why nots. This is termed “critical thinking.” I argue that moral convictions and political issues have historically gone hand in hand, and without that relationship, we as a country would be in a world of hurt.
Second of all, Mr. Nicewicz seems to be, well, more like blatantly is suggesting, that citing “some science-based information” is not, in fact, a valid form of argument. What does hold weight in an intelligent argument, however, is something along these lines: “That thing doesn’t look like a baby, so its not one. Keep God out of my business.”
Mr. Nicewicz, I’m sorry to inform you that people ARE occasionally “swayed” by factual and scientific information.
Now I will discuss the purpose of having an opinion. First, the goal is for the opinion to be an educated and informed one. If this is accomplished, then it can be used to engage in healthy debate (not screaming obscenities and blasting the opposing person’s character).
Healthy and intelligent debate is constructive because it sparks critical thinking and the search for answers. This quality is severely lacking in post-modern society.
In closing, when confronted with a tough issue, I challenge not only the Collegian, but all its readers to: 1) think, 2) research, then 3) develop a firm, factually based opinion and stand by it. Please do not, under any circumstances, begin with an uninformed opinion and be apathetic enough to end there.
human development and family studies major