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Originally posted by TheWayISeeIt
...Hmmm... I think there is something here that also correlates to how comfortable people are with the feeling/realization of their own insignificance. ( i.e. I have seen people who, when on fungal journeys, freak out when realizing that we are but grains of sand on an infinite beach, if you will).
Then there are those that find that concept completely liberating, empowering and a relief. My thoughts are not fully formed on this yet...
(later) The pattern I see is a correspondence bewtween those who 'freak out' -- and are, in general, staunchly encamped in an ego-centric/ego-focused mode of perception -- are the ones who also are inclined to not only bow to authority, but doggedly defend it. Even, and esp., when the authority is not theirs...
[edit on 28-10-2008 by TheWayISeeIt]
Originally posted by lw2525
This thread brings to mind an old Zen saying.
"If you don't get it from yourself, who will you get it from?"
Originally posted by Skyfloating
The root of a conspiracy-theory-mindset would seem to be us having believed in an "authority" and then having that trust broken later when realizing the authority doesnt know as much as we hoped...
I went to the doctor, I went to the mountains
I looked to the children, I drank from the fountains
There's more than one answer to these questions
Pointing me in a crooked line
The less I seek my source for some definitive
(the less I seek my source)
The closer I am to fine
Originally posted by Syntax123
Any scientist worth his/her salt would gladly admit it when they don't know something. Science doesn't claim to know everything, and it doesn't.