chang|e one's mind

i wrote a song… in my mind

a call to think

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do you ever think that maybe things that you know, or think you know, could be wrong?  that maybe what you know has been so influenced by culture and society that it’s just accepted as true.

i think that sometimes we don’t put in the work to figure out why we consider some things to be true.  myself included.  for instance, take words.  certain words we just take to mean something, but don’t really know why they mean what they mean.  the word photograph – photo coming from the word light and graph meaning writing, so it means “writing with light”.  these things we don’t really think about.  we just accept them as true.  for us, we just stop at the dictionary definition of photograph – An image, especially a positive print, recorded by a camera and reproduced on a photosensitive surface.  or, in regular terms – something that a camera takes.

what happened to the thinkers of the enlightenment?  what happened to the searchers of truth in the post-enlightenment in the time of rationalism?  what happened to us?  i feel like we don’t think anymore.  i mean, is there just nothing more out there that we need to figure out?  i don’t think this is the case.  maybe we’re all just relying on someone else to figure all this stuff out for us and update us when they’re done, like some kind of nerd that bullies pick on to do their homework.

this is more of a charge to think.  don’t just take everything as fact.  figure out why you believe it to be true or why you don’t believe it to be true.  rethink everything.  are you being narrowminded?  or did you make a conscious decision to believe in what you do?  don’t accept truth just because it’s what you’ve grown up being taught, but accept truth because it’s what you personally have thought about and found out to be truth.

think.

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Written by enoch

September 11, 2008 at 11:01 pm

Posted in social observation

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  1. What I complain of is a vague popular philosophy which supposes itself to be scientific when it is really nothing but a sort of new religion and an uncommonly nasty one. When people talked about the fall of man they knew they were talking about a mystery, a thing they didn’t understand. Now that they talk about the survival of the fittest they think they do understand it, whereas they have not merely no notion, they have an elaborately false notion of what the words mean. The Darwinian movement has made no difference to mankind, except that, instead of talking unphilosophically about philosophy, they now talk unscientifically about science.

    – from The Club of Queer Trades.

    hg

    September 12, 2008 at 12:32 am

  2. Sadly this is the state American is in–and quite frankly the rest of the world.
    We’re brought up by our own culture, society and eventually the media from the very day we enter into this world. I’m not saying culture is a bad thing, but I’m also saying that as humans and Christians we need to be more aware of other cultures, other ways of thinking, other perspectives, etc. Here is the thesis to one of my classes: “Everything you believe is wrong, but others believe the exact opposite.” It’s definitely not an easy task to challenge everything you currently believe in. As you pointed out, everyone is spoon fed the “truth,” and people do nothing to test if it’s true or not because they are comfortable with these so called “truths.” For me personally, whenever I learn something new that trumps my old beliefs, I get the feeling as though I solved a complex physics problem.

    An excellent charge and a well needed one. /Especially/ during these frightening times.

    David

    September 12, 2008 at 12:54 am

  3. you know… it really depends what it is…

    there are definitely things i sort of just take as given… but there are things that i will over think to death…

    i once heard someone say… you can be so convinced you are right… but you’re still wrong… how scary is that? what if our desires/wants, etc,etc influence our thinking so much that we think we’ve thought everything out but we really haven’t… i think there are a lot of important decisions that we make that most people don’t really think things through enough before they go jumping in…

    this is why i stick to my worst case scenario thinking… if i can accept the worst case scenario then everything else is just bonus on top…

    i’ve also realized that i have a scientist mind… i try to formulate some sort of pattern, theory, formula based on different things in my life and try to predict how the future will unfold based on those variables… in that sense i think too much because really there is no formula for life…

    and now i’m rambling… hahah i don’t think that made any sense… i think i should stop… hahaha too much thinking!!!

    pegs

    September 12, 2008 at 10:35 pm


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