Wednesday, June 07, 2017

You’re arguing as if facts matter

Clooney was right

It’s a fool who looks for logic in the chambers of the human heart. 

Man has the infinite capacity to prioritize feelings above facts. 

And so, attempting to blow intellectual holes in somebody’s philosophy is counterproductive. Because their attachment is emotional. They believe what they believe because of a story, not a statistic. 

Meanwhile, we’re arguing with them as if facts matter. They don’t. Not to a person whose faith has zero room for the realities of life. Not to a person who forms their personal philosophy on potent forces not subjective to the pressure of evidence. 

That’s all a belief system is. A way of perceiving the world that prevents people from testing the validity of that belief. And that can be dangerous. 

Rufus, the unmentioned thirteenth apostle, put it perfectly:

It’s better to have ideas than beliefs. You can change an idea. Changing a belief is trickier. Life should be malleable and progressive, and working from idea to idea permits that. But beliefs anchor you to certain points and limit growth, new ideas can’t generate, and life becomes stagnant. 

It’s a divine invitation for each of us conquer our need to conquer the world. To call a cease fire on trying to change and save and rescue people from their beliefs. 

And instead, do the work to keep our own minds malleable. To press the refresh button of life, update the story we tell ourselves, risk changing and admitting we were wrong, rebuild our understanding of the world as we evolve and breathe new life into our brains. 

Remember, a mature mind can entertain any idea. 

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Are you examining your own ideas, beliefs and practices as rigorously as those of others?

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