reply to post by theyreadmymind
Thanks for the reply. I really like your modular, building-block approach to forming your belief system. I suppose it is an effective means for for
many based on empirical knowledge in a black & white world. But what about all those shades of gray?
To loosely paraphrase a quote I once read on here:
"A truthful man who is honestly mistaken will likely become neither truthful nor honest."
(Sorry if I butchered that quote.) The point is emotion,pride and logic can often mire one's staunch beliefs.
For the sake of discussion, I'll present two hypotheticals in an earnest effort to illustrate
Your son comes home crying and claiming his bike was stolen.
You both go driving around the neighborhood.
You spot a kid (known bully) on his bike and re-claim it.
( Knocking the kid of the bike and causing cuts and bruises in the process.)
You return home and your son confesses he "sold" his bike for $20.00 so he could buy ice cream.
You are captain of a ship living hundreds of years ago.
You set out on an exploration cruise for the purpose of sight-seeing to the edge of the flat earth with notable politicians and elite dignitaries.
You carry on board 2 days of rations, one for the trip there and one for the return.
After 3 days of sailing toward the horizon, you maintain course. Certain the earth is flat and you will find the edge. There are not enough
provisions to make it back, but you are too stubborn to concede being wrong. You sail on.
Sometimes our belief systems are rattled due to faulty assumptions. Over-confidence in one's core beliefs can be a dangerous commodity.
Having been wrong about many things as of late, I urge caution, invite challenge and welcome curiosity. Being fallible can be a good thing and doubt
is a healthy ingredient.
[edit on 21-6-2009 by kinda kurious]