Critical Thinking

Dwight McDonald (American writer, editor, social critic, philosopher, and political radical) wrote:

“Americans often imagine that facts are solid, concrete and distinct objects like marbles, but they are far from this. Rather, they are subtle essences full of mystery and metaphysics, which change form, color and sense according to the context in which they are presented. They must always be treated with skepticism, and the judgment must be based not on the number of facts that can be mobilized in support of an opinion, but on a skillful discrimination between them and the objectivity with which they are treated to arrive at the truth, which is something altogether different from the facts, although there is some connection between them.”

I don’t think it’s fair to say that only Americans are like that. Most other people prefer clarity as well.

Below is a modified clip from the movie “Network”, cut out from documentary “Zeitgeist”.