Well, firstly I delineate between lies and potentially unintentional falsehoods. Secondly, I delineate between what I know is untrue, and what I
merely suspect may be untrue. And lastly, I am open to the possibility that things I have learned are untrue could in some cases be in error. For me,
those are very relevant distinctions.
Having said that, if we're including what may be unintentional
falsehoods, and only counting those things I feel I have sufficiently learned
are untrue in my own direct experience, and if I were to list only those things which have been the most detrimental to me emotionally and
intellectually over the course of my existence thus far, mine would be...
Philosophically: "Everything happens for a good reason," and, "There must
be a reason for our existence." (There is the possibility
there is not, however much pondering that unsettles me.)
Globally: "In your lifetime, humanity will live as one world and in peace." (It seems sadly apparent that this is not going to happen. I hold out hope
of it happening one day, but I doubt more and more whether it will ever happen.)
Paranormally/extra-terrestrially: "There is proof of alien visitation." (By my standards there is not. There is sufficient evidence that something is
happening, but what is unclear.)
Speculatively: "Whenever a series of coincidences becomes sufficiently vast, synchronistic, and compelling, it has to mean something beyond simple
coincidence." (I have directly witnessed myriad instances when no matter how interlocking, how compelling, how enormous, and how synchronistic the
series of coincidences and "signs," coincidence was all there ever was.)
Interpersonally: "People don't just fall out of love." (No elaboration necessary.)
Medically: "So, that will heal within a few weeks with wound care," and, "There is no sign of a fistula." (I was told this prior to a year of
unsuccessful wound care for a very high, very deep, very narrow fistula tract which developed following the drainage of a very large abscess. The CT
report read, "indicative of fistula," but no physician ever told us this. After eight surgeries the final result was permanent placement of a seton
drain that will be replaced over the course of this family member's life in all likelihood.)
And people wonder why I've become skeptical and can't bring myself to believe in anything other than humanistic compassion.
I couldn't pick just
one. They've all impacted me significantly.
edit on 4/18/2013 by AceWombat04 because: Typos