Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “element.” Use it any way you’d like. Have fun!
The term “element” means a basic building block that more complicated principles, things, or beings, are built upon. Elements cannot be changed or created. They just ‘are’. You may call them ‘truths’ which are unchanging and undeniable.
Human beings are extremely complicated. There are layers of ‘inborn’ traits and then there are experiences which nudge them in multiple directions. In other words, every one of us is unique. When it comes to the current ‘diversity’ mania, it sadly overlooks this ‘truth’.
So why all the anxiety over instituting ‘diversity’ everywhere? Well, human beings love to simplify and make conclusions about everything. Actually, the search for the quintessential human ‘elements’ probably is an inborn purpose. Our curious nature drives us to explain everything and to truly explain anything means we need to start at the ‘roots’. There’s a problem though. First, human beings are not meant to nor have the capacity to understand, or even explain, everything. Secondly, many human beings don’t know (or refuse to believe) this.
All human beings have what I call “the oops factor”. I don’t care how educated or expert you may believe you are, ALL people make mistakes. Some are small, like forgetting your grocery list, and some are large, like the oft seen headline, “Scientists Baffled”.
So why the nearly ‘religious’ reliance on what ‘experts’ say these days? Furthermore, why the vitriolic movement to quell any questioning of ‘experts’?
There are likely more reasons than I can ‘see’ but taking my human limitations into consideration, I still think it’s good to offer my viewpoint to the discussion.
The ‘elephant in the room’ at the elemental level of human hubris is the arrogance that accompanies the lack of belief in a Creator. You don’t have to ‘buy’ any specific religious dogma to realize there are unexplainable forces at work. Such forces which human beings are not the commanders of even if they care to label them.
Socrates- a fulltime thinker- believed he actually knew ‘nothing’. That realization of his own limitation of full understanding made everything else he said all the more valuable, IMHO. Humility is key. You cannot have humility when you believe YOU are all powerful and all knowing, aka God.
(The concept of ‘perfect‘ as something attainable in ANY human life has also done more harm to human happiness (and many marriages 😉 ) than any other concept, IMHO. I purposefully refrain from using that term… especially around children.)
Those who can repeat the term ‘settled science’ with a straight face certainly need a humility ‘injection’ along with their Covid shot.
In our current oversimplified, secular, celebrity ‘worshipping’, culture there’s a tragically low level of humility and an even more tragic reverence for “expert” opinion. Add to that a few generations who had their ‘self-esteem’ artificially inflated and were told that THEY can (and are entitled to) do anything they choose, you get a hopelessly incurious and compliant population. They’re even easier to turn against each other with this empirical mindset. This makes Marxists salivate with glorious expectations.
There’s one ‘truth’ when it comes to Communism, the central element of which is the capture of the minds of people in order to dominate them… Religion must be eliminated. The religious, and or, the ‘thinkers’ who cannot worship the government as “all knowing” because of their own humility, are dangerous to the effort of creating a ‘collective’ of unquestioning serfs.
IMHO- Any society’s measurable freedom is unequivocally linked to the amount of leadership humility and human humility is undeniably linked to the belief in a Creator. That’s why Freedom of Speech and Freedom to Worship are elemental to our country’s prosperity and survival. I’ll defend those two elements any way I can.
Happy Saturday everyone! Embrace your beautiful uniqueness today!
14 thoughts on “SoCS 10-29-22- Elemental Humility”
With the advent of the internet and social media, everyone seems an expert on every subject under the sun. I agree with you that science should never be settled on anything but we should keep enquiring.
This transformation to believe “experts” above all is the unfortunate pendulum swing started by The Enlightenment. It was a positive move away from Religious Dogma investing human beings in the navigation and defining of their lives. But, as human beings do, the blending of all things gets reduced to relying on one thing. We all instinctively know “anything in excess” is not wise. Our diets (and lives) are optimal with variety. But modern intellectuals have taken man’s reliance on reasoning to an extreme. This has made human beings into uncompromising “know-it-alls”. A blend of reason and humility is in order as we are taking our own abilities and importance too seriously these days at our peril. Thanks!
Even in your SOC you think logically! 🙂 Oh and science? That’s The Science.
😁 Thanks Dora. It’s a curse in many ways and that’s The Truth. ❤
The minute you say “the science is settled,” it’s no longer science, it’s religion, or at least dogma. By its very nature, science is never settled.
Yep. Thanks. 😉
Humility is key. My favorite people to around are people with healthy humility who are willing to explore possibilities.
❤ They are refreshing gems. Thanks.
This is very logical and I really enjoyed reading all the scientific stuff. I needed a break from fantasy and fiction.
I hear you! Sometimes planting our feet firmly on the ground is in order. Life in the clouds needs balance. Thanks for the follow!