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TOTD 01 Mar 2002

It is important to realize that belief is an essential tool in this process [the evolution of consciousness]. Our beliefs may be totally erroneous, but their structure is "real" and this is what enables us to match our expectations with our experience. It is always stressful when expectation does not match up with experience, but we take it in gradual increments, modifying our hypotheses as we go -- the world slowly goes from flat to round: Newton's physics becomes Einstein's: yesterday's dogma turns into today's superstition. The illusion of knowing enables us to handle our fear of the unknown and provides a structure for making choices. It may be nothing but the configuration of an illusion, but it is something to live by and buys us time to get it straight in the end -- or so we can choose to believe.

-Jim DeKorne

When a belief becomes more than an instrument, you are lost. You remain lost until you learn what "belief" is really for.

-Indies Shah

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carocrow
Mar. 1st, 2002 01:49 pm (UTC)
Progress
Interestingly, we tend to throw the baby out with the bathwater when we do decide to change our minds, though.

Like the best lies, even the most irrational dogma contains a seed of truth.
tragemorph
Mar. 1st, 2002 03:30 pm (UTC)
Very well put. I really like your approach to these things. Where I might be tempted to write a long and verbose email reply everytime there's a post on the level-3 of which I have a decidedly different way of thinking, you let others supply the words and add your own two cents with the picture.
Pretty cool. I hope you don't mind if I vicariously abdicate my unnecessary urge to reply to what I don't agree when I see your daily thought affirming what I already know.
kmo
Mar. 1st, 2002 04:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the compliment
I hope you don't mind if I vicariously abdicate my unnecessary urge to reply to what I don't agree...

I'm not sure what you mean by that.

tragemorph
Mar. 1st, 2002 05:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Thanks for the compliment
heh... today at work I spent all day writing code and as a result I seem to be writing in an exceptionally inscrutable fashion. I meant there are certain comments which I read occasionally on the list that don't jive with what I think, and reading it may make me want to reply to set the record straight as to my own thoughts on the issue. Sometimes this is fine, and can be a good workout for the verbal muscle and an excercize in clarifying my own values and beliefs to myself, but other times I feel driven to do so to say "no, it's not like this, it's like that!" needless to say, that's seldom very fruitful, so when I read one of your quotes that's congruent with my thoughts and values it's very soothing, and I no longer feel that tension prodding me to loquaciously explain myself.

You know, sometimes I wonder if that's what listening to Rush Limbaugh is like if you're the kind of person who subscribes to a similar vein of politics.
kmo
Mar. 2nd, 2002 09:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Thanks for the compliment
You know, sometimes I wonder if that's what listening to Rush Limbaugh is like if you're the kind of person who subscribes to a similar vein of politics.

Are you feeling closer to the DittoHeads?
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