We choose to believe things. We hold on to them so long as we don’t find something better to believe in. Logic is deciding what seems better. That’s why something that once may have seemed logical is later understood to be totally wrong.
“Reason is the slave of passion”- David Hume
“How you view facts care about your feelings”- William Nardi
When it comes to sharing ideas, you’d think the best ones would be left standing, but there are far more factors to how we choose what we believe than just what is right. Most notably, if something disagrees with your worldview, you won’t accept it as true. Think creationism.
Philosophy is the study of attempting to find a practical worldview that promotes the survival and fulfillment of society in the collective consciousness. Whatever we reason is better towards that end we will be willing to accept as truth.
“Morality is the herd instinct of the individual.”- Fredrich Nietzche
“The strength of knowledge does not depend on its degree of truth but on its age, on the degree to which it has been incorporated, on its character as a condition of life”- Fredrich Nietzche
Nietzche says that we take the customs of the time and engage in self-deception attempting to attribute this subjective truth to something outside of ourselves so it remains after we die. Anyone can do this–i.e. Joseph Smith and Mormonism.
Therefore society will continue to evolve in the collective consciousness until the entire world is unified under one ideology which satisfies existential angst and continues to thrive. Until then extremes will continue to battle it out.
“In a democracy, the people get the government they deserve.” -Alexis de Tocqueville
Of course, the longer we remain isolated in a community that shares our beliefs, the longer we will hold on to them because that is what we need to survive. Diversity challenges the way we think provided we are open-minded and don’t have preconceptions someone else is wrong.
The idea that we can all get along in a world where everyone has different truths is an ideology itself, or an adaptation of worldviews which seek supremacy i.e. Catholicism seeking to save the world and bring them into communion.
Because if you truly believe that someone will go to hell if they don’t share your beliefs, how can you rest believing that they will burn forever? Under these premises, if you love humanity you MUST seek ideological homogeneity. And if that doesn’t get you to spread your philosophy, the existential angst you feel as a result of cognitive dissonance will take over as you try to force your views on others, implicitly or explicitly.
This would have worked, except the one thing religion couldn’t account for is that you can’t control society with taboos- that only makes “bad” actions more desirable. You must reason WHY something hurts your survival. This is the difference between a parent saying “because I said so” and explaining why (I.e. why Ben Shapiro is wrong for suggesting that we need to reinstitute stigmas to prevent perceived bad actions from happening. Roy Moore’s religion never stopped him from having sex before marriage.
“I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish Church, by the Roman Church, by the Greek Church, by the Turkish Church, by the Protestant Church, nor by any Church that I know of. My own mind is my own Church.
It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving; it consists in professing to believe what one does not believe. It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind, as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe, he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime.” The Age of Reason, Thomas Paine
Our collective consciousness grows and develops over time. That is the reason the Catholic Church can continue to revise stances and interpretations of scripture to remain relevant to what needs to be done in the world at the time. Otherwise, practitioners would see that religion is hurting them and leave like they did in the 70s and 80s.
Interestingly enough, a study reported by CNN shows that only 8% of all people who identify with religion could answer the most basic questions about it. That’s because we are all adapting our beliefs to what we need to survive.
“Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values.”- Ayn Rand
The reason objectivism failed in the collective consciousness is that each individual developed their own variation of the ideal world in their head-which changes over time-and clashed with others so a community could never be established.
“No one, according to Heller’s portrait, struggled with the unreality of Objectivism more than Rand herself. She wept, throughout her life, at the world’s refusal to conform to her ideal vision of it,” –Ms. Logic, Sam Anderson
Humans are social creatures, all longing to become one. Until we recognize that perception is reality and take an ethical attitude (not legalism) of love, peace, and positivity, philosophical wars will manifest themselves physically as they’ve done so since the dawn of time destroying the world and killing us.
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