posted on Sep, 2 2012 @ 11:40 PM
my feeling is that any extreme or singular position/understanding/or way of relating to and conceptualizing the world is likely false, and biased.
why? because people that identify too strongly with any particular belief tend to suffer from the blindness of confirmation bias. if you believe
everything about the world sucks, then you're going to pay more attention to that which confirms this belief, and dismiss that which doesn't. and
before you jump in with "but I don't do that!" you're already an offender, because we ALL DO IT to some degree. but recognizing our inherent
propensity toward cognitive biases is the first step toward neutralizing them. it's basic psychology 101 stuff.
also.... in order to describe something with some particular characteristic, it's implied that the stated descriptor has an opposite. to make a claim
of what something is, you're also inherently stating what it is NOT.... something is only "something" because it stands to highlight what it
ISN'T. how can something be labeled as "bad" if it's not being perceived as such by an understanding of what is "good" in comparison?
so, now. we understand that to claim the world is "bad," we're also claiming that we know what "good" is. but how can we know this unless we've
experienced it in our own lives? we all have a definition of a "good world" in our heads... but then, anytime we paint with a broad brush we're
probably viewing through a lens of distortion and bias. something that "is" can't just be one thing and only that, honestly, or we wouldn't be
leading lives of such subjectivity.
my main point is that if someone believes that the world sucks so bad, they're choosing to focus on the "bad" aspects instead of adopting a more
well-rounded, objective view that includes the many positive things that also exist, and exist to serve to highlight and contrast the fact that the
"bad" is also there. so really, it comes down to subjectivity and choice. and when we identify too strongly to our beliefs... we become slaves to
them. they cloud our perception and prevent objectivity.
if things weren't as $h!tty as they are, the good things wouldn't be as good in contrast. we live in a time of extremism in general, and to
pigeon-hole yourself to one perceptual lens, to one piece of the giant whole that exists... well, i feel for you. it's a hard mindset to have,
because it is so dark and depressing. i choose to see the good and bad and try to find my pieces of happiness through and in-between them wherever i
"to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence." - krishnamurti