An Inconvenient Truth

I think I’ve seen this documentary a total of five times now, and with each viewing, I learn something new.  These last 2-3 days, I’ve been thinking about the power of persuasion.  The documentary uses all the tricks in the book — facts, evidence, cool graphics, personal anecdotes, statistics, quotes, ad hominem, even humor.  I also enjoyed the references to history, current events, science, and literature.  In the end, though, I wonder what would really convince a person to change one’s habit or way of thinking.  Is logic enough?  Is it enough to persuade someone by bombarding them with facts?  Personally, I don’t think so.

If the goal is to persuade someone to change their habit or lifestyle, one has to go beyond logic because not everyone operates that way.  In order to convince someone to change their way of living, it has to affect them in a very personal way, especially in areas that they care most about, like their safety, their families, their health.  I think the documentary touched on these effectively because it focused on how a global issue like the climate crisis is relevant to one’s immediate experience.  I also appreciated how it  not only provided but strongly suggested practical ways that each individual can do something about global warming.  It reminds me of an old Indian saying:

Tell me and I will forget,

Show me and I will learn,

Involve me and I will understand.

3 Responses to “An Inconvenient Truth”

  1. Jason says:

    Tell me and I will forget,

    Show me and I will learn,

    Involve me and I will understand.

    I really like that!

  2. Jason says:

    you should go change your theme!

  3. Yvette says:

    I really enjoyed watching “An Inconvenient Truth” during WW class as well :) learned a lot, adding on to the articles read in class! That’s why I love films 😀

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