posted on Jul, 10 2014 @ 02:35 AM
a reply to: AfterInfinity
Self-delusion? Deciding what the world means to you, and how you should react to that meaning, is not delusional.
I don't arbitrarily decide what the world means to me, I was raised in a society that arbitrarily chose the measuring stick by which I measure what
seems to me to be the most likely way the world actually is. I assure you, you will most certainly be called delusional if you arbitrarily make up
your own meanings and tell those meanings to a psychiatrist. I believe it's called schizophrenia.
No more delusional than sticking your child's stick figure drawings on the fridge.
That's not deciding on what something means. That's using previously-made social meanings. It is a given that a child's stick figure drawing will
be important to his or her parent, and it would be deemed abnormal if that meaning was absent.
More generally, the fact that a delusion is shared by hundreds of millions or billions of people does not make it any less delusional. Just look at
the membership percentages of different religions. Are they all accurate?
I do the same thing, only using different social forms of making meaning. The fact that I come to the conclusion that the assumption on which a
meaning rests has no definite basis using those very forms of meaning-making is only slightly ironic.
Seems to me that you are being deliberately difficult in processing the message I'm trying to convey.
The message you're trying to convey in this reply is, indeed, difficult to process. Nothing deliberately difficult in my translation, just pointing
out how certain statements can have completely different meanings from the point of view of the speaker and the point of view of the listener.