Jul 5, 2021Liked by Jordan Schachtel

I haven't trusted the government since the 60's. My first knee jerk reaction to anything they say is that it's a lie. After that everything makes sense...

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Charles Darwin, in his book The Descent of Man, wrote "Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge".

Darwin was the recipient of much criticism regarding his often astute observations, including his observation of the existence of carnivorous plants, as the largely theological-based "science" of his day held strict belief in the concept of the hierarchy of species, thus refusing to believe that "lower-order" plants could never prey on "higher-order" insects & animals.

And though Darwin has often been used as a divider between the theists and atheists, he started-out pursuing work in the Clergy, and never lost his faith in a higher-power, but did lose his faith in the human-manipulated Church doctrine.

Darwin's observation "Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge" serves as a basis of the Dunning Kruger effect.

Those with lesser knowledge of a topic or subject, tend to overstate their perceived knowledge of that subject or topic.

I.e. they lack the more comprehensive knowledge to realize what they don't know.

The "liberal" Philosopher, Educator, Mathematician, Polymath, etc. Bertrand Russell, in his Ten Commandments of Critical Thinking wrote:

"Do not feel absolutely certain of anything."

And: "Do not think it worthwhile to produce belief by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light."

And: "Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric."

And in another source wrote: “A habit of basing convictions upon evidence, and of giving to them only that degree or certainty which the evidence warrants, would, if it became general, cure most of the ills from which the world suffers.”

The last concept what I call the sliding scale of belief.

One can hold BOTH belief and disbelief of anything simultaneously. The degrees of those based on available evidence, knowing that additional or contrary evidence may surface later, shifting that scale of belief vs disbelief.

Real science is in NOT knowing, or ever being certain.

Real science is in always looking for answers, but knowing you're never fully certain.

Francesco Petrarca, aka Petrarch, was a 14th century Poet and Philosopher, whom is credited with the concept of the Dark Ages of the Middle Ages.

He lived during a time when the Church was most powerful, wealthy, and controlled most all info (even forbidding & banning unapproved books).

He saw that Church, which largely served as the government of the time, as promulgators of myth, superstition, and human-manipulated theology.

He was a frequent critic of the Scholastic Movement of the time, which was the Church's effort to skew logic, reason, thought & such towards official theological ideologies.

Rather than shedding "light" on knowledge, that Church brought darkness.

Interestingly, that Scholastic Movement of the Middle Ages paved the road for our contemporary system of "scholastics".

We are currently experiencing much the same today.

An "educational" system based largely on mere indoctrination of official narrative, rather than a pursuit of true knowledge.

The ability to merely recite conventional narratives is more highly regarded than the ability to observe, discover, think, etc.

Degrees are awarded based primarily on conformity to systematic procedures & beliefs.

"Eccentricities" of thought are largely abhorred.

People should always question, everything.

Including their own beliefs, biases, judgments, prejudices, presumed knowledge, etc.

But do so based on evidence, logic, reason, induction, deduction, and such.

And always look, objectively, for additional & greater evidence, prior to deciding how much to believe and disbelieve anything.

And always be willing to admit they might just be wrong.

There is no weakness in admitting "I don't know".

As long as you continue to search for answers.

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Q: How can you tell when Fauci isn't lying?

A: When his lips aren't moving.

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Critical thinking skills are critical when it comes to such matters of life and death situations. Question everything all of the time. Verify and do your own research. The last people anyone on earth should trust are politicians or government operatives. Do not put anything in your body that might harm you or kill you. That should be common sense, but we live in uncommon times.

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Trustlessness is not a solution.

And Reagan had an army.

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COVID solved the Trump/MAGA peasant uprising.

They are impoverished, broken, without power or vote, and the elites ascendent and enriched by Trillions.

As to the Science: When the car runs over the Dog, it avails the Dog to stop barking.

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I'll believe you when you apply the rule to all the BS artists pushing the lines that you prefer

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All words fall into diluted and corrupted meanings if not truly lived.

The usage of 'trust' has become 'contract'.

You enter contract and call it trust.

In this you give trust to the terms of the contract instead of to a relationship.

You cannot verify anything unless you trust yourself, and while under contract, you are trusting to images, systems or models of representation that no longer serve their original function, and have thus become a dis-service as a means of identifying yourself or anything truly.

So regaining trust in your self is the key for regaining real relationship with anything and anyone, and this is the result of giving as you in truth receive instead of receiving through the filtering mind of a dis service that now protects you from truth as if survival depends on concealing a lie.

Extending trust is not a contract, but a true gift.

Being yourself with another is trusting the situation as an opportunity for release of contractual demands and obligations to freedom of being.

Giving freedom has always been the only way to have it, and contracting to take it for a private agenda has always been a lie, or rather self-illusion given value.

The experience of being lied to is contractually faithful to the desire to live a lie.

But no longer serving the awakening desire to know and appreciate truth as release of masking limitation to a shared or synchronous reality.

Trust is the basis of Creation.

Fear operates a negative or segregative miscreation in which something is withheld from wholeness. We always meet Life, but recognition can be denied.

If you don't extend a blessing, you wont recognise you have it.

How these reflections fit the challenges of a mind split between love and fear - each at times seeming to be the other is up to you. But only love is whole and unconflicted. Even a moment of such a recognition is enough to release the lockdown of the mind from its own dissociation.

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Couldn't say it better myself. We should all pretend we are from Missouri, show me what you say is true.

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