The debate surrounding the perfect cheesy snack has plagued both the avid eater and the casual snacker since the creation of both these wonderful snacks. Ask the average person, and you'll likely receive a passionate, yet adamant response, even over an issue this trivial. Ridiculous, and a bit strange, you might think - that people are so stubborn to change their minds, to even consider choosing the opposing snack, no matter how logical of an argument they're given.
This same obstinacy can be seen in so many facets of our lives. What intrigues me the most, however, is this attitude in politics - how the average citizen can buy so far into their political views that they begin to lose sight of anything outside of it. Take, for example, this clip from The Daily Show, of the confusion of Trump supporters from being asked about the discrepancy between their political views and their own logic.
Sure, the video was created for comedic purposes, but it highlights one important point: that one can buy so much into their beliefs that they lose common sense. (and, for the purpose of seeming politically unbiased, consider the lack of understanding of Democrats).
Perhaps this characteristic can be attributed to human closed-mindedness: that people are so stubborn with their own beliefs, that they are unwilling to consider other perspectives, even if completely logical. You may be thinking: "Me? Closed-minded? This author is out of his mind for suggesting such a thing!". It's important to note, however, that this applies to many frivolous scenarios too, from views on mayonnaise or pineapple on pizza. Few are willing to listen, and the majority seek to defend their own perspectives till the end.
And this trait isn’t only seen through politics. Take, for example, even the typical conversation. A 2014 study found that in a typical three minute conversation between a man and a woman, an average of 2.1 interruptions would occur. It's this conviction placed upon one’s own ideas that can make people lose all sense, creating desire for one to assert dominance with their own ideas over those of others, even subconsciously.
To be tenacious and unyielding in one's belief is something taught, and it's highly regarded - yet, discrepancies in perspectives can create a highly polarized community, such as the one America has fostered today. Is this division really necessary, solely because people don't see eye to eye? And, if you're a Goldfish lover, are Cheez-Its really that much worse?