The mind is the ultimate natural example of how contradictory we can be and what it means. The basis of who we are lies on the hypocritical advancement of us as individuals and as humanity.
We must do what we say we won’t and we won’t what we say we do. That is just one aspect.
This is a problem which the further and deeper you go, the more complex and apparent it becomes. I am not one to tell you how your life is the result of being so and so. By even addressing the idea, whatever I say is a result of the same type of experiences you have gone through. What billions and billions of people have gone through throughout mankind.
The inspiration for this article has stemmed from the ever so vocal humanists everyone has turned out to be. The only issue is that there is an astounding amount of contradiction to what people are saying.
I do not aim for this article to be political. I want to show a side of knowledge that becomes viewed and used in the wrong way. I want to start with media.
Everyone has said at one point not to believe what they see in the media. A lot of people read a news article about a tragedy and then complain why there is no coverage. I mean come on. To be able to hand this information to you and for you to conjure up a sense of anger at the lack of awareness, of which you didn’t have up until you picked up your iPad or newspaper, is quite hilarious. At one end, people blindly believe what the media say. At the other, they are hyper critical.
There is no certainty in what a media source is telling you. There is no certainty in what anyone can tell you. Most are aware of this but don’t take it into account. I could blurt out a devastatingly xenophobic statement and everyone will hold me to account and crucify me for it. However, if I mention a statistic or refer to history, a source is needed. A source, even if it is the Daily Mail, the Oxford Dictionary or my next door neighbour, is enough to quell any disbelief you had.
There is a difference between fact and opinion. Even with fact, it still isn’t certified. There are agreed truths but that is something better left for another day. Opinion, your view. This is nullified by the existence of everybody else’s opinion. Not to say it does not matter but that you cannot use your opinion as a mark scheme. The beauty of having an opinion is to discuss, to share, to differentiate, to better yourself in song with the person you discuss with. Everyone else has an opinion which means that you only have something to gain rather than lose.
This age of science and 1s and 0s has been beneficial to us, to mankind. One reason for this kind of mentality is the new established moral role that science has become to play with. Science as a discipline, more of a way of knowing rather than the actual academic side of it. A research paper you found this week on the Internet tells you that eating lampshades is bad for you. The results are conclusive. However, next week a university in Belgium says how eating lampshades could be good for you and that you should start right away.
I could go on and on. The emphasis here is that even if there is credible research which is credible as a result of the discipline it is under, it should not act as a moral compass. Science has always kept itself, or at least has tried, to stay separate from religion. The reason being is that it is self discovery rather than imposition. Now we have science bodies or agencies being used as a way to live life, the same way religion has been doing. So what do you do? Life has been lived many a time by people in different eras. You owe yourself a bit of empowerment than to think your life is better instructed by someone or a group of people who share the same physiology as you. Billions and billions have lived and died before you.
Self discovery is crucial. We are all learning. The mere fact that we are learning is because of our hypocritical and contradictory nature.
Realising this, seeing someone talk about politics is completely fair. Someone running a commentary on a war happening 2000 miles away whilst in the comfort of your western liberal democracy, with your rights that you don’t even use, it becomes a bit lame. On one side, when your fingers touch the keyboard, an overwhelming sense of duty comes to you. When you stand up and leave the eerie glow of your laptop, suddenly the reality of the world daunts you and you become more interested in whether or not Arturo Vidal has signed for Man Utd or not.
I am not targeting slacktivists here. I kinda am actually. The reason is because a lot of these contradictions lead to polemics. Polemicism is a type of argument. It is used by pushing forward a “truth” on the basis of highlighting what is “false” and subsequently that person is believed to be more right because the other person is believed to be more wrong. It becomes a war according to some warped exchanged of sharp play with words. My opinion is “wrong” because you typed a couple words and cut and paste something. Your view is “wrong” because it doesn’t bode with anything I have said and so you will live a less satisfied life than mine.
People are so concerned with trivia. People can be wrong in retrospect and people can be right in retrospect. Galileo said some shit about the Sun being the center of our universe and got killed for heresy. Apparently the Qur’an is the untouched word of God and has many credible scientific laws that preexist Newtonian physics. Whatever the case, if right and wrong or truth is relative, your opinion is as credible as anything which isn’t saying your opinion matters but the complete opposite: it doesn’t. What that essentially means is that it is your view and entirely that. Your view shapes who you are and how you live your life.
There is so much more to this aspect of thinking. There is no harm in listening. The fact that there is contradiction and that has shaped humanity in what and where we are today shows that its ok to be wrong and right. Well to be fair, everything I have just said has become eerily pointless and numb if I am to go with my line of thought. Whatever. The beauty of it is that you don’t have to believe anything I say.