Facts and beliefs

We are all entitled to our beliefs. We can choose to believe what we want to believe. We can craft stories and narratives about the world and how we see it. We can have opinions about taste and debate the merits of the policy. It is all subjective.

What we don’t get to choose is the facts.

If Earth’s temperature has risen by 0.14° Fahrenheit (0.08° Celsius) per decade since 1880, that isn’t an opinion that is a fact. Because we have data that supports the statement. We can observe and test it.

Trust the science if it is sound. Otherwise, we are just choosing our own truths instead of finding an objective one.

Trust your neighbors when they tell you the new restaurant down the street is worth a try.