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Climbing a wall of flak

Permanent Linkby wisconsin_cur on Wed Nov 25, 2009 1:56 am

Bring up the idea that the century will end with 5-6 billion fewer people on the planet in polite company and you will hear a quiet before a storm of personal attack. The average person seems incapable of distinguishing between an evaluation of what you think will happen from what you want to happen. I have a theory about this is a result of catagory mixing which has taken place in our culture over the last century. We have, for so long, enveloped ourself in the notion that if you want something to happen you have to believe it will happen that we automatically assume that if someone believes something will happen they want it to happen. I remember getting the same flak when I openly discussed the possibility of a mass casuality terrorist attack with family in the 1990's and complained of the dangerous state of New Orleans' levees three years before Katrina.

If you want to escape a life of responding with the herd it is important to develop your own worldview, your own perception of where things are and where they are going and to retain the courage to act on that worldview. This is the most fundamental act of being, and remaining, truly free. There are many obstacles in the way, chief among them the temptation to just join another smaller herd, and the work is not easy but it pays dividends to the individual who can master themselves and climb the wall of flak that will come their way.

Here are some suggestions:
1. Get a library card and use it. Knowledge really is power and despite all the benefits of the information age nothing forces reflection like writing a good book. Nothing exposes a flawed position like reading a whole book on the matter.
2. Throw out the TV. When was the last time it taught you something you could carry with you for more than a day?
3. Write. Nothing forces the mind to work out the consequences or sources of an idea more than writing an essay on that idea. Don't be surprised if you have to throw out a lot of half written essays (and half baked ideas). It is better to throw something out than base your worldview on a half baked idea.
4. Cross pollinate. Interact with people with different ideas and different backgrounds. Defend a position the best you can and then re-evaluate it. Do not be afraid to admit when you are wrong. Do not doubt yourself just because you do not convince the other. Your goal is to learn through the act of attempting to persuade; whether or not someone is persuaded is beside the point.
5. Learn to love the flak. Receiving flak is not a sign that you are right but it is a sign that you have broken from the herd. You can not get your sense of self worth from the herd if you want to establish your own way forward and you must accept some degree of ridacule. If your view of where things are going turn out to be correct, the herd will turn toward you, but only for a moment.

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Re: Climbing a wall of flak

Permanent Linkby General Doom on Wed Nov 25, 2009 9:18 am

Thanks very much; there's a lot of wisdom in that post.
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Re: Climbing a wall of flak

Permanent Linkby wisconsin_cur on Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:58 pm

ty :) If I could just learn to spell check!
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RE: Climbing a wall of flak

Permanent Linkby TWilliam on Sat Nov 28, 2009 4:56 pm

wisconsin_cur wrote:If your view of where things are going turn out to be correct, the herd will turn toward you, but only for a moment.

Yea. Long enough to stampede right over your @ss... :lol:

Seriously tho'... another wonderful bit of wisdom Cur. Thanks... :)
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