Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Doubts


"A fellow who is always declaring he's no fool usually has his suspicions."
-- Wilson Mizner

... If you think about it, I guess that anything somebody feels compelled to assert loudly and often, is something he has dangerous doubts about.
- eolake

posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Tuesday, July 25, 2006   11 comments links to this post

11 Comments:

At 25 Jul 2006 11:08:00, Anonymous ttl said...

Absolutely. And kind of easy to prove too, by observing how often we assert those beliefs for which the circumstantial proof is overwhelming.

For example: "I am subject to gravity!"

 
At 25 Jul 2006 12:45:00, Anonymous Kenneth said...

I also agree. One of the things that turned me away from religion in general and Christianity in particular was the realization that those who scream the loudest about religion (I'm thinking about the Jerry Falwells and Pat Robertsons of the world) often act in ways that are inconsistant with the teachings of the religion they're trying to shove down our throats. It's as if they need all of us to accept their beliefs so they don't have any rteminders of their own doubts.

 
At 25 Jul 2006 14:59:00, Blogger Adam Czarnowski said...

Eolake,

Disturbingly, I have come to realise that when I find myself justifying something, either to myself or to others, what it means is that I really don't believe it.

I have never had to justify something I actually believe.

A

 
At 25 Jul 2006 15:27:00, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eolake

I am absolutely sure I am not addicted to your blog site.;-)

Thanks, you make me think about the things that bugs me. Lost one of my best friends on the 1st of July. She also commited suicide. Life for her was too much. Life for me is GREAT. Just a shame she didn't feel the same about life. That is just the thing about life/being. It is not good nor bad, but both, just in cycles.

JJ

PS. Also not addicted to Terry Pratchett, and/or Leonard Cohen.......

 
At 25 Jul 2006 18:53:00, Blogger eolake said...

Adam, that about justification is food for thought surely. (Examples?)

 
At 25 Jul 2006 23:19:00, Anonymous Kenneth said...

ttl already gave one example with that line about gravity. How many people go around trying to convince us (or themselves) that gravity is real?

 
At 25 Jul 2006 23:51:00, Blogger eolake said...

Well, Isaac Newton for one "protesteth too much" methinks.

 
At 26 Jul 2006 01:00:00, Anonymous Pascal R said...

I see this loud and frequent asserting constantly from the politicians in Lebanon.

"We live in coexistence. All the communities have nothing but the greatest respect for each other. We are united. The time of inner conflict is gone for good. The Lebanese have learned from their terrible mistakes, etc."

You believe these people if you wish...

Wanna know the most pathetic thing? After 31 years, they still bother yakking. Yeah, yeah, talk to the foot...

 
At 26 Jul 2006 04:04:00, Anonymous Ronald said...

Some people believe that if they repeat something often enough then reality will eventually surrender.

Not that that cannot be done (see Cato the elder), but it takes much more than just repeating empty words over and over.

Basically the difference between manifesting and wishful thinking.

 
At 26 Jul 2006 21:22:00, Anonymous Pascal R said...

I see that Ronald doesn't believe in witchcraft by incantations alone... ;-)

 
At 27 Jul 2006 11:48:00, Anonymous Ronald said...

:-)

Nicely put, thanks.

 

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