I open this blog to questioning and criticism by many. I may or may not get back with or provide all the answers any individual seeks. I seek to provoke thought, reasoning, and understanding; the answers the individual seeks should be sought by the individual seeking them, not by one source proclaiming to provide them. I want people to question me, and everything around them, seeking the answers they desire, themselves. Anything else would be of the same mindset, or 'prophet' mentality/persona, that has wreaked havoc on cultures and people many times before now.
*1 - Patriotism is loyalty to one's people and country, Nationalism is loyalty to the institutions of it - Mark Twain
*2 - Humans have accepted, adopted and embraced the values of Greed, Apathy, Ignorance, and Deception, and do not recognize themselves as animals but something more materialistic than what they are. If this is what it means to be human, then I recognize myself only born into the human species. In return, I refuse to accept or embrace these values, as [spiritually] I am above them, and seek balance with both the animal and intellect within myself.
It's ok to be wrong, It's not ok to assume you are not.I believe people lack the fundamental action of thinking for oneself in today's world. Many individuals allow others and other sources to think for them, attributing one's intellect to an outside source, and ultimately another's bias or agenda. Hence the phrase "lets hear from the experts", or subjecting any discussion answers to figures of 'authority' (doctors, lawyers, policemen, firemen, government officials/employees, etc..) . What makes these individuals experts? Who are these individuals? What is their experience or education on said subject? Why are they here speaking to the audience? What do they gain by being here and saying what they are? Is their information bias? These questions are often never asked or considered. The benevolent responses to each of these questions are often always assumed.
The Marines have taught me "never assume" and under no circumstances to do so, for assumptions kill. This is a practical modality for thought to adopt for the external and internal world of the mind and perception, you either know or you don't. This is very much black and white, which mentality is often hailed by many as unwelcome or unwanted. However one can argue that black and white are 2 colors of the same spectrum. If one assumes lets say, information in a report on the local news is correct, then the local news is seen as the one source of information, as it is correct and there is no need to further question the subject. This opens one to victimization by bias and irrationale of said source, ultimately manipulation by the source of information. If one adopts the 'never assume' modality, the subject is not closed and other sources are sought out for the subject matter if the individual desires accurate information; otherwise the individual seeking information simply states "I do not know and cannot speak accurately on the subject". This prevents the individual mind from being victimized by propaganda and bias, allowing an individual's intellect to prosper.
I'm aware this is nothing more than a watered down version of the many intricacies of 'never assume' as the infinite examples are quite frankly too much to list for my patience.
I believe logic to be simply a linear statement of fact/s. Note: not reversible or migratory statement of fact/s. Linear statement of facts do not allow for the words or meanings of the words to be transposed in different ways or forms, in this the whole statement is taken as a whole and context is not only considered but part of the statement. Facts do not allow for assumptions (note 'never assume'). If the statement is not comprised of facts, it is not true (false reasoning); thus the point or statement becomes null and pointless. If logic is to be the guiding light in understanding, curiosity and wisdom, it cannot be false.
I'm aware this is my opinion. I also believe logic and reasoning are separate yet intertwined in definition and application. Many actions, statements, and consequences can be logically justified, reasoning shall ultimately serve to weigh justification, causality, consequence, and need if any. I'm aware this is part of the trivium (logic, grammar, rhetoric).
I close with both a maddening, and haunting realization:
There is always something more to what one perceives, than what one perceives.Given the above statement which is undoubtedly true given everyone's unique individual experiences, feelings, emotions, feelings about emotions about experiences, etc... one needs to ask "what is the better question?". There is always something more, the better question is 'what else is there?'. Both haunting and maddening to think and know, yet shall lead the perceiver down the path of intellect and understanding. The rewards of such curiosity and and intrigue are born of deep thought and reasoning, and reveal insight into the most obscure insights.
The above can be applied to one's: tone of voice, clothing, facial expression, conversational context, the words they choose, overall attitude, energy, background, beliefs, thoughts, ideals, location, and more. Not only applicable to persons but things, objects, places, cultures, stars, galaxies and everything in between. This opens the perceiver to a world beyond their eyes, to begin thinking from another perspective and ultimately to perceive more than what one perceives... but there is always more...
Until next time...