Okay. Imagine you work for an office that has a cash register and only four or five employees, plus a manager.
The manager tells you all, one day, that $100 has been taken from the register after hours, and one of you employees is guilty.
One employee says, “Brett took it. I saw him do it. I can’t remember which day it was, but I saw him do it.”
Brett, the fellow employee says, “I never took money from the register. It’s not like me to do this. I would never do this.”
There’s no camera, no video footage, no proof that Brett took it, no proof that Brett DIDN’T take it.
One employee swears she saw him do it, but she has no proof, only her word.
Brett swears he didn’t do it, he has only his word.
What do you do?
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Okay. Imagine you need a really good typist. The best, the fastest, the most accurate. Someone who not only types really fast, but also never makes a mistake.
You find this typist and you want to hire him.
But you find out this typist has some sort of allegation against him that dates back to his high school years.
He’s now in his fifties, and he’s the best damn typist you will ever, ever have the chance to meet, let alone hire.
You need a really good typist, remember?
Will you hire him? Or will you consider hiring someone else, instead?
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Okay. Imagine that you get your news from only a handful of news sources. You don’t ever get exposed to any other point of view because, a) you don’t agree with the other point of view and b) you only get your news via cable television.
Suddenly you meet someone who tells you about their online news sources and you find out that there is a whole lot of other viewpoints other than the ones you’ve been seeing on your handful of news sources, and you’ve learned this from someone you’ve just met and you’ve had a good conversation with this stranger even though you have no experience with his news sources but he seems okay and decent enough that you both sat down for hours discussing your different news sources.
Do you stop watching the news? Do you ask him out on a date? Or do you report him to the authorities because he made you think too much?
You report. I’ll decide.