Friday, September 21, 2007

Beware: The Voice In Your Head

"I would rather live my life as if there is a God, and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't, and die to find out there is."

NVDL: I've heard this sort of thing a lot. It's difficult to convey just how NUTS it is. It basically operates out of a mindset of: 'oh well, I give up. I'm not sure of my beliefs but I'll basically keep up the habit because it seems to be working.'

This is known as 'the psychology of previous investment'. It's why people stay in doomed relationships, it's why we spend a fortune on fixing a car (ultimately more than the car is worth), it's why we spend the whole weekend watching TV. We do it because we're too lazy to THINK. Real thinking is difficult and painful. It requires concentration and discipline. Think critically, and once you find your answers - through careful consideration - new choices, new actions are required. This involves more painstaking decision making. All other 'thinking' is mindless meaningless rumination.

So the next time someone speaks or emails the delusional sentence quoted above (or if you're a subscriber), bear this in mind: Don't guess. Don't assume. Find your answers. Knock on the door. Otherwise you're a fool living on delusions, and that makes you a danger to yourself and to society in general.

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