This is for Frankfurt’s “On Bullshit”.
In last week’s session, we classified bullshitting and lying. The main difference between these two is that while the liar knows the truth well and intentionally goes against it, the person bullshitting does not even care about the truth.
Speaking of the question of what’s the best way to get people to care about truth when they speak or write, I actually turn to think of something else. I think the main reason is that people do not care about the truth at all. Lots of things are going on these days, but the only way for us to know them is through the medias, and through this way none of us can actually know the truth behind all the news. What we see is what the medias want us to see, and we don’t even want to know the truth because we think what we see is the truth. Turns out that people don’t care about the truth at all, even when they are learning, listening, or reading. If they don’t even care about the truth when inputting something, how can we expect them to not bullshitting when they are talking and writing? We no longer need to treat our speech and writings seriously since nobody actually pay attention to what we want to say.
So I would say the possible way to get people to talk and write seriously is to get them treat the truth seriously from the beginning. If we can listen to others carefully and think afterwards about what they said, we can gradually learn to respect the truth.