posted on Jun, 27 2009 @ 03:08 PM
Just figured I’d share a little of my philosophy and world view as to how we can make this a better world. It has been said that to change the world
you must first change yourself. This is very true I think. I tend to be very observant when *I want to* see and I see any number of common
failings that feed into the bullcrap that will and has been screwing up our world and making any sort of peaceful world nothing more than a impossible
dream. If this post ticks you off just maybe you’re part of the problem. I don’t pretend to be perfect, nor do I think it’s even possible, but,
I am trying.
1) YOU, yes YOU can be wrong.
Your thoughts/beliefs/actions/words/whatever can in fact not be correct. I don’t care how right you think you are, history is full of
people that thought with great conviction that they were right and thought they had ample evidence to prove their “rightness”. Why do you have any
good reason to think that you are any different? It does not reflect badly on you, does not make you stupid. The ability to allow for and if need be
admit the possibility we can be incorrect shows great strength of character and is by and large an admission that you are in fact human and thusly
fallible. *gasp* I know, scary thought huh? But being human is hardly a crime and being wrong is not the end of the world, seeing as to how we all
are, despite great pains taken by some to pretend they are something more.
2) You are an individual NOT a label.
Stop pretending arbitrary titles and group names define you completely. You are not completely like every member of a particular distinction you
identify yourself with I hate to tell you. You can aspire to be exactly like everyone else that carries your favorite label but you will only signing
yourself up for constant BS. Much like we see strewn throughout history. We are all human, get over it and be yourself. And allow others to do the
same without any bull crap from you.
3) Consensus does not equal correct.
This is a common failing I have noticed. All that I said in number 1 applies here as well. Groups are made up of a collection of individuals and if
each element of said group has the capability to be fallible where does that land the consensus of said group? Peer review means for pot, as does
democracy, neither are transcendent of the human beings that make up the group and is just as suspect as the individuals that make up the group. In
short, the world could get together and agree that ice cream is the basis of all matter, doesn’t make it true. Stop pretending otherwise. You AND
your group contain within the ability to be incorrect. Regardless of whatever other distinctions you may choose to pretend is significant *PhDs,
position in a clergy, whatever* a fool can just as easily have those same distinctions. Nothing is foolproof.
4) Treat others as you yourself would like to be treated.
This is a very true, very old and very ignored adage. If you want to be treated a certain way you, you should treat others that certain
way. Would you like to ridiculed/belittled/insulted/assaulted/etc because you disagree/are different with/from someone else? Most likely not, no
matter what you may say while reading this, no one does when it is happening to them. And no, being different/disagreeing is not a personal affront
against you. Everyone’s crap stinks to someone.
5) You are not the center of the universe.
Yes, you are the center of your universe, but to the rest of us you are simply nothing more than extra most of the time. Sure, some
people will shove you fairly close to their center but that is not all of us and no name echoes through the ages, everyone that has ever existed will
most likely be eventually forgotten, no matter how “famous” or “infamous” they maybe now. That includes you. Also, not every action that might
inconvience you or disagreement with you is aimed specifically as an attack on you. Most of us are hardly aware you exist, if aware of you at all.
Basically, get over yourself.
6) Concentrate less blaming everyone else for problems and more on fixing the problem.
The human predisposition towards scapegoating is well documented throughout history and has never truly fixed any problem. What it has done is allow
people to pretend they are addressing the problem when all they are really doing is making the problem worse and creating a air of false
infallibility that will only cause more problems in the future. Also, complex events, very seldom have a very easy source to blame, particularly human
7) Sounding correct and being correct are not the same thing.
It seems to be a very common sentiment amongst a great many that if you win an argument, you are in fact correct about whatever the argument was
about. This is wrong. Sure, it may make you feel like you are correct but it does nothing but provide you with an illusion. It should also be noted,
that words are subjective and your personal *or group provided* definition is not universal.
8) Analyze yourself as much as you analyze others.
Too many people go through life with a great big microscope on certain other people as if they themselves are completely blameless of any possible
wrong doing. All the while missing the fact they often behave like those they condemn.
9) You are not better than anyone else, just different.
This feeds into numbers 1 and 5 particularly.
10) Think for yourself and allow others to do the same, even if they disagree with you.
11) Very little is just black and white.
In fact things aren't. Only by missing things *limited thinking* is the dualistic view taken.
More to come if most likely, but that’s all I can think of right now.