Tuesday, August 27, 2019

I’m Illogical and Gullible… So Say Illogical and Gullible People

by John Boodhansingh of Zero Mindfulness

Like anyone who has researched conspiracy “theory,” alternate science, etc. and attempted to tell others of their findings, like anyone who has proposed a novel idea, I have been rejected over and over.

People have disgustedly told me things such as, “That’s illogical,” and, “You’re so gullible.”

Folks… I'll be honest… There's been at least a few times in my life when I've been guilty as charged. But I must tell you, these sentiments are hypocritical and therefore misplaced.

“That’s Illogical.”

Has anyone ever actually stopped and asked themselves what makes an idea “logical”?

The simple fact is that when a person has a belief—or, more likely, many beliefs—about a thing being a certain way, their mind becomes geared to perceive—to interpret, potentially even with wild distortion—exactly as their belief-filters cause them to perceive.

This means that a given person sees what he sees because he imagines he sees it, because he has beliefs that shape his perception such that he can’t not see it. Thirty-five people who witness the same event will all perceive it differently, each respective to their beliefs.

For most people, “logic,” “rational thinking,” and so on have nothing to do with “true facts” or open-minded thinking but with what any of them believe to be “true” or “factual”—and often, for fear's sake, what they want to be “true” or “factual.”

The scientist thinks he’s logical, does he not?
The religious adherent thinks he’s logical, does he not?
The psychopathic serial killer thinks he’s logical, does he not?
The average Joe Schmoe thinks he’s logical, does he not?

The truth is that most people are unable to exhibit true logic a significant percentage of the time.

It could be said that people generally have (for lack of a better word) “faux-logic” because they have an ability to correlate the contents of their minds (at least the contents they’re willing to look at) but they correlate it in a self-verifying way: information is believed to be “true” and thus perceived to be “true” and therefore all is accepted as connectable pieces of the same puzzle.

This is so even in a thoroughly cognitive dissonant mind. How can the unanalyzed mind know of its lack of harmony when all it sees is “truth”?

This is especially so considering that most people have strong egoic agendas to support their view of “how it is.” The ego loves to be a know-it-all and fill in any gaps of ignorance with half-truths and flat-out lies; the ego is totally not okay with the unknown.

To move toward and exhibit true logic one must be very willing to be wrong, one must be very open-minded; one must actively analyze and remove their faulty beliefs in order to see what is right in front of them rather than whatever they’d see had those perception-skewing beliefs existed.

“You’re Gullible.”

“And you're not?”

In calling me gullible, people mustn't have noticed that belief sets its believer up for gullibility by its very nature.

Common “logic” is a function of a person’s beliefs and beliefs are self-validating. This means that a person’s “logic” must inherently be skewed toward what is in alignment with their beliefs.

This means that people are going to be more likely to fall for what appears to them as “true,” even though it may not be, simply because it lies within the realm of what they already believe, and, in many cases due to fear, what they want to believe.

By all means, I’ve most certainly been guilty of being gullible.

But who do others imagine themselves to be to tell me when I’m looking through an alternate lens that they’d never dare to look through themselves that I am the one who’s in error, that I am the fool?

Judge not, for as you judge others so, too, do you judge yourself.

Be You, But Respect Me

By the nature of individual perception there must always be some level of subjectivity between viewpoints.

However, the more we analyze our beliefs and resolve the inconsistencies, the more we see life with an open-minded and objective view, and the more discerning we become regarding what is fact or fiction—regardless of its source or level of societal acceptance.

Might we still experience moments of illogic and gullibility?

Sure. But so what?

The aim, here, is not to be perfect. The aim is to be a decent human being who doesn’t get stuck in the rut of imagining that he or she somehow knows any more than the next person merely because their mind appears to “know” and be “logical.”

Of course the mind “knows” and is “logical”! The unanalyzed mind is arrogant and stupid like that! It’s the story of every mind’s life!

So let’s take some time to self-analyze so that we can not only perceive more clearly but also be more accepting of the perspectives of others.

We just might learn something.

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