Enforcing Orthodoxy

An interesting editorial comment in the 20 January edition of The Tablet touching on the way in which opinions expressed by someone that are contrary to the accepted ‘orthodoxy’ (a word I use with some trepidation) are censored and condemned merely because they are contrary to the accepted ‘orthodoxy’. It is a phenomenon we often see in contemporary public discourse, even in Australia, where in order to further some particular cause, anyone who holds a differing opinion is silenced. It is as if the mere existence of a differing opinion is perceived as a threat to the cause being promoted and like all threats must be removed.

As the editorial points out “the correct response to a bad argument is a better one, not censorship and condemnation”. In other words, if someone disagrees with you, engage with their argument and attempt to convince with a better argument. Dismissing them just because they disagree with you will not achieve your goal.