It is really popular In our modern culture to say that someone should “make up their own mind”. That you should trust your own feelings and don’t listen to what others say. If you understand that advice as just another platitude than there is not so much harm in them but if you take them literally than there is a big problem. The problem is that you assume that we can make up our own mind but the best we can do is to stick with an internal narrative that is for the most part plagiarized…
if you ask people to lay down their shield, to step back and look where their opinion comes from, they often cannot do that, don’t understand the question, or get angry. It’s hard to recognize that you don’t know, and that you are vulnerable without a shield.
I was comfortable with my knowledge of Nietzsche, but now I realize that behind that paper thin wall is a whole other world. How many other worlds are there?
We often think, as people, that life is endless.
I try to imagine what I would feel like if the doctor told me that I would die within the next few weeks.
Both the USA and the USSR developed their large arsenals because history teaches them that war is a possibility and probably a necessity. Both