It happens often in the news that someone is accused of some crime. Usually, they deny it. While cases of genuine mistakes do occur, most of the time denying one’s guilt is to accuse one’s accusers of the crime of false accusation. In other words, two parties have accused each other of wrongdoing.
What I find strangely inexplicable is how people are quick to believe one accusation and not the other. They are quick to believe one guilty of rape, murder, child pornography, embezzlement, fraud, or bribery, but so resistant to believe one capable of perjury. They do this without evidence and even in spite of strong evidence to the contrary. They do this when they do not know either party personally, were not witnesses, and only know of the story from the news. It happens not only with accusations of criminal infractions, but with social rule-breaking as well, such as using racist language or having secret motives in something they did. It is completely illogical.
People’s lives can be destroyed by false accusations even if they keep out of jail, making it hard for them to find a job or move freely in public, yet most people pile on. It’s evil.
Admit you don’t know when you don’t know. Don’t be quick to rush to judgment. Don’t uncritically accept one accusation and deny the other. Don’t be stupid.
In politics, we play with the lives of other people. Those we vote for will put in place policies that might make the difference between life and death, imprisonment and freedom, or poverty and riches. Voting without being fully informed is the worst form of negligence. Listen to as many different news sources as you have time for. Seek out contrary opinions. Check your bias. Read history. Read science. Find a trusted analyst to sift the news for you, explain it, and put it in context. Look for errors in their logic. Ask for supporting evidence. Most of all, actually think.
Logic. Love. Liberty.