Unit 2

Unit 2: How to get people to move from bullshit to truth

In class, it seemed that most people originally thought that lying was more harmful than bullshitting. This seems to be a commonly held societal conception. After much discussion, however, the converse seems to be more convincing. In order to reduce the amount of bullshit in contemporary discourse, we must first recognize the danger of bullshitting. While the truth lies somewhere for the liar, the bullshitter has no regard for the truth or the facts. In knowingly denying the truth, the liar at least acknowledges that the truth is special. The bullshitter denies this fact, which is dangerous. Once citizens recognize the danger of bullshit, they should then hold people accountable for their bullshit and have consequences as severe, maybe even more severe, as those for lying. People will begin to care about the truth when they realize the danger of bullshitting and that their bullshitting has consequences. We should also work to decrease the perceived need for bullshit. When people do not know the answer to something, they are unlikely to admit to this fact because society places such a shame upon not knowing. Rather than attempting to give the illusion that we know the answer to something, we should learn to admit that we do not have enough knowledge on a topic to be able to answer the question. This can open up opportunities to educate ourselves and spread truths about the world.