Even though what those awkward dissenters say may be counter-intuitive at first, at least they introduce another view challenging some norm of ours. Sometimes they may have been myopic, sometimes they may actually be right, though they often get put down legally or socially. But either way, I think they always teach us something. For example, those climate change “deniers” show us that the facts and science behind it has not been delivered clearly, that not many people fully and truly understand the seriousness of the issue or even the simplest facts. In fact I myself have been fooled several times by their picking at loopholes which I didn’t know how to counter. In my country, Roy Ngerng and his blog, The Heart Truths (http://thehearttruths.com/about/) have made me realise how stupid I am, because I have actually not given much – if any – thought to the country, the world around me. While he may have somehow incurred the wrath of the government, I feel that his views and opinions are valid and sound and not quite “defamatory”. Society just isn’t too accepting of contrarian (are they really?) views, is it?
Anyway I think everyone should be respected regardless of how contrarian their views are or how backward it may be. It only goes to show that we don’t understand where they are coming from.