I am sure that there are things you feel strongly about. I am sure that you would go to the ends of the Earth (or at least the end of a keyboard) in order to convey the validity of your belief to those that you feel in need of your enlightenment. But do you pick those opinions based on your sense of right or wrong? Do you have a moral compass like every other human being in the world? Or do you simply pick your side based on what you as a liberal or conservative, dem or rep, black or white, northerner or southerner would be expected to. Is it possible to change the culture of this nation. Change it into something other than what the talking heads tell us we should be. We all want things to be better. Some of us have seen horrors of this world that others cant imagine. And we have learned that there is truly a right, as opposed to wrong. There is morality that is clearly defined and visible to us all. But in an attempt to be true to people that do not deserve such loyalty, we as a nation tend to shed our morality in hopes of fulfilling the perfect image of our chosen group, regardless of the goodness or lack thereof that exists in our chosen arguments
Part of the problem is that facts and trust has been so distorted, they nobody believes what anyone says anymore.
For example, all news is liberally biased, Fox News is a mouthpiece for conservatism, fact check websites are left wing nuts, Harvard studies are just liberals trying to corrupt data to meet an agenda, etc.
It has gotten to the point where if you are trying to be objective and think for yourself it is becoming increasingly hard to know what is true and what is manipulated.
It has gotten so convoluted that people just pick a side and allow pundits to tell them what is the truth and tell them how to feel about it because most people don't trust anything anymore (one side is a little worse about this than the other, but I digress).
And then of course their is assumed reality based on your personal beliefs that have been built through your life experiences. The old saying is "you usually see what you expect to see".
I battle with that all the time. I am not affiliated with a party. I was most recently a Republican, but most on the people here in the tinderbox chide me for being just a blind liberal Obama supporter. I don't think I am. I try to be objective, but I did vote for Obama twice, so perhaps I am just seeing what I expect or want to see. I am cognizant of it, and try to avoid it by getting legitimate facts from non partisan sources, but even I question myself from time to time. I am constantly asking myself, "Is this really good policy, or do i just want it to be good policy because I voted for the guy"
Then again I voted for McCrory and I already regret that decision. So maybe I am good
So I guess the short answer is, "How do you think for yourself when you don't know who or what to trust and who or what is telling you the truth? How do you make decisions, if you don't believe the data you are receiving to make those decisions?"