Framework for Thinking

Observations in the search of Truth:

1. Truth is objective, understanding truth is subjective: 

Truth by definition is objective, but our search for it is determine in the light of our experience. It is like searching for an object at night, we can only see what the flashlight illuminates in front of us. Nobody can claim that they are 100% objective, we just need to get over it. Believing a certain thing does not make you less objective than the person who doesn't, both people are biased in their respective beliefs.

2. Don't be surprised if you think you are right, you are not alone:

Many people just feel like they are right, but that should not be surprising given that is what you believe. The fact of the matter is that we all think we are right. If we did not think we were right, that would no longer be the belief that we hold. The feelings are proper, but corresponding evidence is required.

3. Social context is a major source of assumptions:

Making assumptions are good and necessary, but they are the last thing we question when searching for truth. We don't revisit our assumptions until we have tried every other possible way and realize that we are still missing something. These assumptions by nature are mostly determined by our social context, since beliefs that are at odds with that context are typically evaluated first. For example,  I did not think I was rich growing up, because it seemed like everybody around me always had more money. Now that I know I have more money than at least 90% of the people in the world, I think differently.

4. History is one of the most objective observers:

Many people worship at the altar of Progress without defining what that means. They have an unshakeable belief that things are better now than they were before, but don't realize it is their own measuring stick. History gives us insight into those things which have stood the test of time. Things that have endured through different societies, have evidence of objectivity that things in the present do not. Recently there has been a push for "getting on the right side of history," but that is not ultimately up to them. History should tell them, that this will be short lived (in terms of history).

5. Being open-minded is dangerous:

Those people who think they are open-minded are dangerous and should be barred from talking or writing books. We are all equally open-minded and closed-minded. Every person has a set of beliefs of what they find acceptable in their mind. Certain people may have a wider range of acceptable beliefs in particular areas, but that does not mean much. It is often the people who claim to be open-minded that are the most "closed-minded" about people who are not open-minded. The real virtue is not determined by being open-minded, but by understanding that you are not, because truth cannot be found without humility.

To be continued...


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