Make your own mind up

May 31st, 2011

Last week, while talking with a group of people I didn’t know particularly well, I found myself entering a landscape of conversation I wasn’t comfortable in at all: the conversation concerned the twin towers and 9/11 – nothing new – but very quickly started to go in a worrying direction.

It started with one person saying how they need to ban Burqa’s. It’s the only way, they said, that we will know what we are fighting. Then another person chimed in with the classic “obviously the twin towers fell down after being struck by a plane, God, why would you even question it?”

I badly wanted to say: “Um, because it was a tiny little plane and it flew into a gigantic building and apparently brought it down? Which would be the equivalent of me chucking a brick at a house and the whole thing collapsing.” I didn’t, of course. Apart from the fact that I didn’t want to stick around for long as I had a train to catch, there were too many points to bring up. I could have literally stood there for the rest of the week giving a speech and even after that there would have been the questions…

I’m not saying we should all have the same opinion, but what I am suggesting is that we all look at the evidence and allow each other to make our own minds up. We don’t all feel the same way about Lining Fabrics or budgie’s, so why should we all feel the same about such important things which affect so many innocent lives?

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