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By David Poland

Ideas First

Roger Ebert wrote a piece called Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, about the right to die, Jack Kevorkian, and the HBO movie, “You Don’t Know Jack.” Steven Drake attacked Roger for making assumptions in the piece.

Thing is, as a very focused, long-involved activist on this issue, Drake has more facts in his head about it than Ebert. And Roger may have overreached or been sloppy on a couple of things. Conversely, Drake’s facts may lean to spin at times.

But what both men have, which cannot be fact-checked away, is a strong opinion.

Ebert could acknowledge, if it’s true, that every fact Drake claims he had wrong was wrong… and yet, I don’t imagine that Roger would find the arguments of detail ones that would change his feeling about people being free to control their own physical destinies over the state or doctors or any outside force (assuming faith if an inside source).

Likewise, I don’t imagine that a perfectly fact-checked article from Ebert on his position would ever elicit agreement from Drake, whose mind seems clearly made up.

Of course, Drake is a bit abusive about all this and Roger was simply expressing his own opinion and experience. But let that pass…

Don’t we have to find a way to talk about the real ideas that separate us and not just the typos or real, but irrelevant, factual errors, if we want to progress as a civilization?

It’s much harder, but so much more fulfilling.

One Response to “Ideas First”

  1. Hallick says:

    “Don’t we have to find a way to talk about the real ideas that separate us and not just the typos or real, but irrelevant, factual errors, if we want to progress as a civilization?”

    Think about any courtroom drama where the prosecution or the defense sets out to discredit the witness instead of their actual testimony, and that’s just about where the world’s at on this point.

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