Why I’m Close-minded
I know that I’m closed to some things. But it’s just silly to be open to everything. Honestly, why should we take the opinion that the Earth is the center of the universe seriously, or that 1+1 can equal anything other than 2? The same principles apply in our social, political, economic, environmental, and government worlds. You make one configuration in government, in policy, and in funding, you get a series of possible outcomes, depending upon all the other conditions that the government does not and cannot control for. But, if you make a different configuration in government, policy, and funding, you get a different set of probable outcomes which may or may not actually be better for all of our social units and the entirety of the universe. Utility is a subjective thing, that is true. But, as far as human beings go relative to all other life in the universe, there seem to me to be some things that are universal, objective, or both for life as we know it and for human life relative to all other life in the universe. Water, H2O, is one of those things that I can think of. The presence of one thing that fills this criteria proves that there may be other things which also fit this criteria. It doesn’t matter what your brain believes or what your brain thinks should be done.
It is possible to look at objective truths differently. You can look at the sum of two integers equaling 9 in many different ways (9+0, 1+8, 2+7, 3+6, 4+5, or the reverse for each of these values). But these are the only whole numbers which can sum to 9 and in those specific combinations.
Thus, I’m left with the image of a universe wherein our brains and neurological systems are in charge of sensing, interpreting, perceiving, and working with reality first (before you make any choices that will change that reality for one way or another). Our brains may or may not be healthy and functional relative to common reality, and to ourselves relative to common reality. Some brains and neurological systems may be pathological to the world (for example, people who persist and refuse to acknowledge common reality and choose instead to invent or produce their own mental image of reality based on their personal motivations and preferences). The root of all human activity should, normatively, be directed at trying to understand reality, accepting that which holds up to scientific testing and falsification, and rejecting that which actually does not hold up to scientific testing and falsification. If there is no evidence that is provable for something, why should we simply accept that personal version of reality over our common reality?
Now, there are many ways to see reality that are accurate, just as there are many ways to add whole number integers to equal 9. If you want to get even more complex, there are an infinite number of ways to sum partial numbers to equal 9. But even then, there only the appropriate combinations of these partial numbers will equal to exactly 9. The first number determines what the second number is going to be, and vice versa, such that you’re again, not able or technically free to add whatever combination of partial numbers that you’d like and try to get 9. You can’t add 4.5 and 3.32 to get 9. That’s just an axiomatic fact. Therefore, while a plurality of perspectives is likely the desirable conditional set, it must be recognized that there are some opinions, beliefs, and perspectives which simply don’t match with common reality. The template is reality; the authority is the universe itself. No human may abridge, alter, or influence the discovered laws of the universe, as far as we can tell at present. Furthermore, if we do end up being able to affect common reality through the altering and shifting of natural laws (as per natural laws that are subtler and deeper than the laws we’re working with), we must be extremely careful not to alter those laws in such a way that our very existence becomes untenable or self-destructive as a result of our tampering with them. We could, in such a hypothetical situation, wipe out all of existence in our present form if we were to tamper with certain laws in certain ways, just as we may wipe ourselves off by killing off certain species in our ecosystems or altering the conditional state of our ecosystems in such a way that our own existence may be put in jeopardy.
Therefore, in my mind, we get a view of the universe that is highly complicated, complex, and interconnected discretely and across boundaries. We are bound in this universe, as such, that we technically and normatively should not tamper, alter, or destroy certain aspects of the universe. We are never, as it were, free from altering the universe or ourselves in the universe without consequence. The same rules apply on the physical and quantum levels of the universe, so too does it apply in our social, economic, environmental, and political levels. You are, to begin with, not able to conceive of everything that you can do (thus limiting what you can or may do). You are not physically or mentally capable of doing everything and anything in the universe that is beyond your abilities to handle, even if you are able to imagine or conceive of those things. Finally, even if you are technically, physically, and/or mentally able to do some things in this universe, there is a wide range of things that you should not do, from the perspective of preserving your own health, safety, and well-being on the individual and relative levels. There are right and wrong answers in this universe; better or worse solutions to complex problems. There are correct, better, and worse assessments of problems and situations, just as there are correct, better, and worse solutions to those actual problems in our universe and for our actual well-being. There are criteria for our utility, health, and well-being on the individual and social levels which are relevant and some that are not, in actuality, relevant at all.
Now, I’m never going to say that I have all the answers to all of these problems or the solutions to every problem that we are experiencing or can possibly experience. No human can be 100% correct 100% of the time. All that I’m asserting is that these points are correct 100% of the time in our universe, and that we can experiment with them ourselves to prove that they’re actually true. What I am proposing and advocating for, is that we switch over to a sustained, systematic review and exploration of our social, economic, political, environmental, cosmological, and integrated reality, such that we can make better individual and collective choices for ourselves in the universe relative to all other things. Those opinions and desires which aren’t right and/or are unhealthful should be treated as such. The real sin isn’t having an incorrect belief, but persisting in that belief when it’s been conclusively proven to be likely or definitively incorrect or unhealthful. That’s all that I’m saying, that’s all that I’m advocating for, and I’m 99.99999999999999999% sure that this is axiomatic for the entire universe as we are able to know and comprehend. Ignorance is what should be wiped out, and those who won’t or can’t come to grips with reality are the ones we should be labeling as those possessing pathologically formed neural systems. The solution for these people is optional rehabilitation, if they’re not posing an immediate threat to themselves or others, and care. I could be wrong too, very easily. But I’m not going to persist in a belief just because I think or feel it to be right, if it is demonstrably the case that my opinion and belief is actually incorrect or mostly incorrect. Again, the real sin is persisting in ignorance when it is revealed, not being ignorant in and of itself. Some people are more able to be correct than others; some people are less able. It’s only a bad thing if you continue in an incorrect view.
Such is my view of reality. Such is the reason why I am closed to certain beliefs, opinions, and people. I hope this clarifies my logic and ways of thinking for you all. Thank you.
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