Trust Your Gut/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

Posted on February 19, 2017


Deborah E. Lipstadt is an historian who has written much about the fact that there are still Holocaust deniers who disseminate their contorted views on the Holocaust period. In a recent article found at Esquire.Com, Jerad W. Alexander wrote a piece after interviewing Professor Lipstadt, entitled “A Holocaust Historian Explains Why People Believe Trump’s Lies”. Whatever your political point of view happens to be, it is irrefutable that people hold onto certain beliefs even after evidence has been presented that supports an opposite point of view. How can one avoid falling for false or unsupported points of view?

Among the suggestions of Professor Lipstadt is the we need to follow our “gut”. During WW II, America Firsters wanted to avoid engaging Germany in battle. It is now commonly held that these views were well out of the mainstream and were simply dead wrong. We need to resist the temptation to believe everything we read or everything that is stated. The internet is not an indispensible medium for proper information. The printed word, and the spoken word, can often be quite incorrect. We need to be suspicious and skeptical before accepting views that do not stand the test of believability and common sense.

A couple getting divorced will heat a lot of opinions. Get the best “hired gun” for a lawyer. Don’t cooperate on any issue as it will be a sign of weakness. The best deal you can make is the one that gives you the most money and denies the other side from attaining what they desire. Being flexible and agreeable is an approach that will lead to a “losing hand”. And on it goes. The mediation model teaches that Win-Win is usually attained by a collaborative and civil approach. In stressful situations, use your gut to determine what the best path happens to be. Mediate don’t litigate. Strive to assure that the other side gets a respectful hearing and gets to opportunity to explain what they want and why they want it. Do not blindly follow the common wisdom that is out there.Trust your gut and seek the path that is best suited for Win-Win. Mediate don’t litigate.