Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Inconvincible

Speculative fiction has a long history of taking the issues of the day and reframing them in a new context with the hope that people will look at them in a new way. Our "unprecedented" times are bringing all sorts of old ways and old thinking back to the forefront. On Tuesdays, I present "what if?" questions. Previously, the intent was as an idea generator. It still is. But now, I ask that you really think about all the repercussions that these ideas will have. If only these were just thought exercises. 

What if you gave a friend proof of someone's wrongdoing (and it was actual proof with video and/or DNA and/or documentation), but the friend was still convinced that this someone was innocent?

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  1. Would her belief break our friendship? Probably if she is obsessed with that person’s innocence, especially if he is someone like the former president whack-a-mole.

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  2. I would need to drop it if I valued the friendship more. There is no reason, logic etc..that would ever change that person's mind.

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    1. Yeah, that's probably the smart move, depending upon how close the guilty party is to your life.

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  3. I just figured out where you are going with this :). Sometimes, you will not be able to change someone's opinion.

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    1. I know where my head is when I think of these questions, but I'd rather you go where your head takes you to answer them. You all think of things that don't occur to me.

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  4. If this is what I am thinking of (something very much in the news right now but many people not paying attention) I'd have to make a decision about the friendship. Sad, isn't it? I've already made a decision on two people I know on this issue a while back-one I decided on keeping the friendship (of some 25 years), and the other, not.

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    1. Whatever you are thinking of is correct for you. I keep these questions fairly general so you can answer for yourself.

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  5. Hmm. I feel like this depends on the measure of the crime, though it could make or break things, but my reaction to indifference would still be the same: stop dealing with them. Either it's something more minor and I'm just annoyed for a while or it's something major and I recognize a need to no longer associate with this person.

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    1. I was deliberately vague about the nature of the crime. But I can see how that would make a difference.

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  6. Nothing I could do about it. Some people will deny things even if the proof bites them on the butt. Deniers and conspiracy nuts can't ever be convinced. It would be hard to remain friends with someone like that. I am stuck with a brother though! (Lisa, Lisa's Garden Adventure)

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    1. Yeah, that's the problem. The true believer will never be convinced, no matter how hard you push.

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