In ancient Athens, there was a large division caused by two differing schools of thought. On one side was Socrates and his followers who asserted that there were absolute truths that could not be circumvented. On the other were the Sophists like Protagoras, who asserted that man was the measure of all things, and that truth was relative. The result of that was why we were given the First Amendment by our wise founders, who realized that man is corrupt and easily deceived, and that when in this state, he often can be vicious and inhumane to those who tell the truth. Socrates was convicted by a jury of 500 of "corrupting the youth", for simply telling the truth, and sentenced to death. He drank the hemlock, and so passed the man who is viewed by many as the Founder of the modern day university. Sophism is the destruction of societies.
Fast forward to today. America has many who think that right and wrong are a matter of opinion. You will often find those who view truth as relative often have the most corrupt personal lives and the least grasp of history. They will fancy themselves to be experts, but if you examine their lives and their words, you will find that their lives are often corrupt and selfish, and that their reasoning is devoted to simply upholding pursuing their present mediocre paths.
So it is important to understand what objective and subjective mean, so we can determine if our beliefs are objective and true in all ages, or if we are just creatures of indoctrination, and our beliefs are shaped by the popular culture, media, and schools, and similarly indoctrinated friends and family. Objective truth is that which can be proved outside our minds, with facts that will never change. Subjective truths are ideas which are true only in our minds, but cannot stand up to scrutiny.
The problem today is tens of millions of Americans think that if something is popular or is upheld by experts, than it must be true. They accept what they learn in college and what the hellivision tells them. They have no filter to compare new information to. With the shrinking libraries and the increased use of porn and drugs, we have a steadily growing corrupt and ignorant part of the population which loves to shout their opinions and hates to take the time to educate them.
So what is the solution?
It's easy. Go back to the habits we once had. Get rid of your hellivision, ban porn, ban psychotropic drugs, and read history. All of the aforementioned habits are absolutely free, and all of them will result in the wise and virtuous citizens who we once had, and who were responsible for founding our nation.
We will either have peaceful slavery, or dangerous liberty.
Few can handle direct confrontation over their beliefs. We already saw one WB regular get triggered and write a post alleging that those of us who tell the truth are aiming to put folks in concentration camps. Such risible hyperventilating are the extremes that those who hate cognitive dissonance will go to to defend their current beliefs.
In conclusion, we may all profit from these words. If your ideas cannot stand up to brutal and scathing criticism, then maybe your beliefs aren't worth having? Fire is the test of gold, and adversity of a strong man. Seneca.
“Harsh and direct disagreement places thought under pressure. That’s its point. Pressure can be intellectually productive: being forced to look closely at arguments against a beloved position helps those who hold it to burnish and buttress it as often as it moves them to abandon it. But pressure also causes pain and fear; and when those under pressure find these things difficult to bear, they’ll sometimes use any means possible to make the pressure and the pain go away. They feel unsafe, threatened, put upon, and so they react by deploying the soft violence of the law or the harder violence of the aggressive and speech-denying protest. Both moves are common enough in our élite universities now, as is their support by the powers that be. Tolerance for intellectual pain is less than it was. So is tolerance for argument.” Paul J. Griffiths