Everywhere we go online, we can see one debate after the next. Everyone is emotionally wound up, frustrated, 100% sure they are right, and defending their beliefs which might often be opinions they stole from someone else. We fight, bully, humiliate, block people, and lose friends over repeating what someone else has said. The world is filled with those who know everything or rather just good at regurgitating other’s regurgitations.
“The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.” ― Bertrand Russell
But are we really interested in the truth or are we just more interested in defending our beliefs? The difference between Belief and Truth are underappreciated. Belief is fear-based, faith-based, programmed into us, and borrowed. The very definition of religion. Truth, on the other hand, is outside of consensus, emotion, attachment and personal interests. It just is and the truth can sometimes be uncomfortable and sometimes even unbearable, however, liberating.
What is Proof of Truth?
Somebody else said so is not proof of truth.
A piece of paper denoting higher education is not proof of truth.
Financial backing is not proof of truth.
Popularity and status is not proof of truth.
Using complicated and fancy language is not proof of truth.
Being good-looking is not proof of truth.
Consensus is not proof of truth.
Authority is not proof of truth.
Nothing proves the truth, but your own personal experience as well as your own inner wisdom and claircognizance.
Anyone who has any respect for the truth might have opinions, but is going to change their mind often, not take themselves too seriously, not feel offended or defeated when foreign information is presented, will admit when they are wrong, will be curious, humble, inquisitive, lighthearted, emotionally detached, and generally remain in the open and neutral state of listening and receiving.
“People I respect are rarely vocal or extremely opinionated. They are measured because they always think, assess, evaluate, analyze, form and reform opinions. They know that no matter what position they have at the moment, it could change, maybe because additional information comes available or a new interpretation is offered that sheds new light to a situation. If that is your mode of operation, it is hard to be very vocal; you can be firm on your opinions but not vocal or loud.
People who believe things blindly and don’t care about facts can be vocal as they don’t carry the weight of considering that they may be wrong about something. Hence the unapologetic commitment to their fixed opinions.” –Yiannis Papelis
“It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.” -Epictetus, Discourses, Book II, ch. 17
“Information is not knowledge. The only source of knowledge is experience.” ~Albert Einstein
“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” ~Socrates