Assumptions, truths and wild ideas

Posted on March 20, 2013

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To even begin discussing problems and solutions to a new society we have to establish our foundational mindset, and we’ll take some help form George Carlin with this one. If you think that people can not change who they are, then it is very difficult to have an intelligent developing discussion with someone that believes that people can change. It will most likely end up in an irritating name calling frenzy. And then there’s the problem of assumptions. There’s a lot of things we assume are human nature and a part of who we are, but that in fact have been proven to be just another trained behavior because of the culture you’re surrounded by. This is why it is so important to question everything. Even the things you take for granted because no one around you ever questioned them. What do you assume? Why do you assume it?
Do you have any proof that it is so? Who told you it was so and how do you know he/she knows it is so?

It is a very hard thing to do, asking questions about things you’d never questioned before, and most of us have never been trained to do it. In fact we’ve been trained to listen to authorities and accept what they say as the truth. Only certain authorities can be trusted with saying the truth about certain things. The experts we call them. And what ever the experts say must be true, because they are the experts, right?
With that structure of “Truth keepers” the wast majority of people stop to question things, because it is not their place to question them. We, the non experts, don’t really have a say in it and our opinions doesn’t count anyway so why even question it?

When you don’t question things you’re left with a lot of assumptions. An assumption is an answer to a question that you haven’t been able to explore and find out the true answer for (if there is one). It is basically a guess. Some times a very wild guess. Some times that is all we can get but it is extremely important to remember that is is a guess and not a proven truth. Some assumptions are inherited from our family, taught to us by our parents. Some assumptions are taught to us in school and some by the society we live in and are fed to us by the media. It is much easier to make an assumption than to start asking question after question. And if other people have made the same assumption we have an even easier time to accept it as truth. After a while, when mostly everybody around you have made the same assumption, you forget that it is even possible to question it. Some ones wild guess has become your truth.

So when you think people can’t change and you think you know what behaviors belong to the core part of a human being that can’t change, at least acknowledge that there might be a possibility that some of those facts might have started of as someones wild guess and are in fact faulty assumptions disguised as truth.

There are actually very few things in this world that are absolute truths. And when you’re done asking questions and end up at an absolute truth, the journey ends. There are no more explorations. That’s it. There’s no were else to go, no other possibilities. The really big problem is that we think there are far to many absolute truths out there than there is. Most problems and questions have several thousands of possible answers and solutions and there is no absolute truth for them. There is only dynamic fluctuating circumstance, needs and  resources available that means we have to address them in a dynamic way and continue developing. To continue developing we have to keep an open mind, keep asking questions and keep looking for better solutions than the previous ones.

It is impossible to have a developing discussions with people who only bring forth wild guesses and assumptions as absolute truths, because they can’t see the potential of a faulty argument. They have already made up their mind about what “The truth” is and there’s no allowance for further explorations.Then the discussion becomes a full on argument of who’s right and who’s wrong.
On this blog I encourage people to question things and it is important that the counter arguments are either acknowledged as a wild guess or backed up with some sort of evidence or at least hint of proof. Some times a wild guess is exactly what can bring a fuzzy idea on the right track. Wild guesses are in the end creative ideas and they have to be recognized as such and treated that way. Every big discouvery or great idea originated as a wild guess or wild idea. They acknowledged it as a wild idea and then they continued to develop it into a solid one. Only when we acknowledge things for what they truly are can we start using them to move forward.

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