Originally posted by BR
Intent can matter though.
On interpersonal matters, absolutely.
On the other forum you talked to me about seeing through bullshit. Why not just see through the bullshit here and stop defending the people who are only putting that sticker on the book because they want to intentionally mislead ignorant students?
Because brother, if you think the biggest fear in scientific understanding is a sticker on a book, then you haven't seen past the bullshit yet. Don't you get it? The sticker IS the bullshit. Don't defend or even worry about bullshit. The amount of time and money spent fighting that thing probably could have paid a university professor to do nothing but sit on that campus all day for the entire school year and do nothing but discuss evolution for about five solid years.
Instead of fighting the sticker someone should have just donated they money to hire the professor and that would have a) cut through the bullshit and b) convinced a hell of a lot more students than the worrisome few who would be lead totally off base by ... a sticker.
This is, totally off-topic, why I go totally ape-shit over the whole "gotcha" and intent politics of the left. There are issues I want addressed that the Republican party is not addressing. If the left were dealing with ideals and actions they would probably move forward. Instead they are dealing with intent and it sucks and wastes time. They would get a lot further with say, universal health care if they just dealt with ideals and actions. Instead it is like they are stuck in an intent loop. "I'll prove you don't want universal health care by finding the gotcha that shows you really are a rich, white male bastard that hates his fellow humans." Screw that, run the numbers and let's see. Same for drug legalization, civil unions for lots of folks, fair trade, and about five other pet issues for me.
Sure, in a vacuum separated from motives and agendas the sticker doesn't do any harm. Unfortunately we don't live in such a world.
Exactly. So you, as a smart person should not let your time be spent believing that a sticker will do harm. Instead your efforts should be spent advocating for what you want instead of arguing the intent or effectiveness of what dumb people want. You have to let the idiots live their lives too. If someone want to claim God exists because a sticker in a book says evolution is a theory, then let him. Instead spend your time and energy insuring that the kid next to him has the financial means to leave the small town and go to college.
You cannot control the efforts, energies and intentions of all people. You can only make sure the efforts, energies and intentions of your own are effective.