reply to post by tinker_j
Do you enjoy picking apart people's posts?
Not really. It gets tedious, especially when summary fact checking takes three times longer to do that it takes to express my proposition. But I like
opening new lines of dialog and exploring concepts, as well as passing on some of the information that has fascinated me.
I appreciate objective criticism, but doing it isn't really furthering what this discussion was intended for.
Perhaps, but I hope it may inspire you to think in new directions. From there it could lead you to ideas, concepts, philosophies, research, and
debates which are new and may change your way of looking at the world.
And isn't that what we're doing here? Discussing ways, especially individual ways, we can make a difference to better the world?
What can WE do?
At this point, I think Gandhi had some fairly good advise. That is to be the change you want to see in the world. Adopt in earnest, and exemplify
those traits in yourself that you wish were promoted in others. By example, perhaps you'll inspire their adoption in others.
I would also suggest furthering your education. Regardless of your current academic level, there is always more to learn and understand. Soak up as
much knowledge as you can when you can find the time. Provide yourself with as much context and understanding as possible. Exercise your reason, and
use it generously. T. Paine referred to reason as the greatest implement against errors of every kind. Try to ensure that the problems you want to see
rectified in society really ARE the problems. Anyone who's worked on vehicles can attest to the expense and frustration of insufficient trouble
Knowledge is power, and it's being given away in our society at levels absolutely unprecedented in human history. Yet only the bare minimum for
functionality in society is actively disseminated. It's offered freely, but past high school it won't be spoon fed to you. You must take the active
initiative to seek it out and partake of it.
"An Investment in Education always pays the best interest." ~ Benjamin Franklin
A trick that has worked well for me, is to try to make a conscious effort to step beyond my position and opinions to see issues from contrary views to
the best of my ability. To listen, to observe, and to the extent I can - without my pre-established moral judgments which that can skewer observations
with bias. Try to be objective, even if you must sympathize with the devil. Try to see the issue from all sides. Then step back into my previous
position to weigh it against the new information and perceptions I gathered. A trick of debate I picked up off my father, who frequently threw you off
guard in a conversation by arguing for positions I knew he opposed.
Zen Master Sent-ts’an expressed it thusly;
"The Perfect Way is only difficult
for those who pick and choose;
Do not like, do not dislike;
all will then be clear.
Make a hairbreadth difference,
and Heaven and Earth are set apart;
If you want the truth to stand clear before you,
never be for or against.
The struggle between "for" and "against"
is the mind's worst disease."