Quote (#5)

"A study shows that most people who quote studies don't know what the hell they're actually talking about." 

One of the things I value most in another person is the ability to share an interesting and meaningful conversation or discussion. Something where at the end I'll feel elated and inspired to learn and do more. Also, I am the first to admit that I am terrible at defending my point of view. I can never seem to remember all the backing facts and figures and all too often I find myself saying things like "But I feel like so and so is the case..." or "I once read something" when I can only vaguely remember what that article was about. Thank god (or unfortunately) this doesn't only happen to me.

Especially in sensitive debates - discrimination, politics, safety, privacy and topics that touch personal fields like parenting or even nutrition -  we are tempted to cherrypick our 'facts' to defend our beliefs. That seems as natural as it is dangerous. I like to think that most of the time people are telling the truth when they are sharing a point of view backed with facts. At least what they believe to be the truth. I almost don't want to say it but 'Fake News' is a huge deal nowadays. Basically, I could be lied to every time a journalist quotes a study because I mostly don't have the time, interest or understanding to read it myself.

So, do we need to fact check everything we read and watch? Yes, if we plan on spreading those facts or if we want to act on them. But at the end of the day, there are sources we can and should trust - the only other option is to become conspiracy theorists. And that's not something I'm planning on.

Last but not least, another way to learn more and broaden our horizons is to discuss and listen. Something else I highly value in fellow humans is the ability to listen, evaluate and perhaps even accept a different perspective. The phrase "actually I've never thought of it that way" can earn you so much respect.

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