I Have A Philosophy

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Should we believe everything we are told? It's a question thrown around liberally today. Although, I sat down and thought hard about it. This philosophy of mine is what emerged.

 

I have a philosophy. It’s quite a good one if I dare say so myself. Although it is so ‘out there’ that few people agree with it and possessing such an idea can be a lonely set of affairs. Arrogantly, I sit and wonder if Einstein or Da Vinci felt the same wey, putting their colossal and original ideas forward and being laughed at by their peers for such ambition. What led this philosophy to blossom in my brain like a flower in a desert? Perhaps it was my English course that taught me to know the historical background of everything and read into things with an open mind. Perhaps it was that documentary on the History channel that completely changed my outlook on life. Which, by the way, you can watch by clicking on the link under my profile.

I’ll come out with it right now; the buzzword of the last paragraph was ‘history’. What is history to you or I? It is what we’re told it is by the television or by our parents or teachers. Instead of jumping to that point, however, let’s go to the very root of the things we think we know. Say, for example, a man of high stature, rich enough to lead an expedition with a PhD under his belt and several books already published, finds an extraordinary and ancient artefact. He cleans it up, takes it back to his table and can do plenty of research on it and find out all about it with whatever technology he has at his disposal. This is all very well and good, but what did this item do? What was its purpose? For all the resources at his disposal, the one best used to answer this most important question is his own brain. He scratches his head ponderously over it for long enough to come to a conclusion. Or (and this is the important part) an educated guess. A guess, and nothing more.

This man is a well established scholar in his field and commands a lot of respect. So this guess is told to his fellows, most of whom think it’s a pretty good guess and say ‘yes, ok, you can publish this’. His little project is then made known to the world and this man’s idea is transferred from his head and into the textbooks of the most up to date establishments in research like universities, further circulating it in the realms of the elite.

So more and more people become aware of this discovery through television or the radio or science magazines. By now, the idea has fully matured and joins the realms of acceptance amongst all the other ‘facts’ and into its final destination: general knowledge. Being housed within the area of general knowledge, nobody dare argue against this. One person mentions it to another. Their brain then thinks subconsciously ‘Oh yes, I’ve heard that somewhere. It must be fact.’ And so our little idea from one man has climbed the ladder from bottom to top and now nobody dare question its position. Why? Well, because it came from the mind of a supposedly intelligent man who then spread it amongst other intellectuals until it was fit to be taught to the ignorant, like the children in our schools, for example.

People so readily accept what they are told in lectures or classrooms or in the black and white of a recognised textbook because of the context in which they being told it. An attitude of ‘I’m in an educational establishment. It must be right’. And this is not any kind of naivety or human failing it is just our subconscious. We never stop to question these things anymore because we are now in a world of networking and worries. Any kind of worry, like thinking about paying the bills, keeping the girl in a troubled relationship or paying car insurance. They’re all there constantly and while we tend to them, we go from A to Z franticly, rarely stopping to notice the twenty four letters in between.

Time for a little digression, just to put things into context. A fictitious character, invented by Christopher Marlowe, called Doctor Faustus, was a supposedly great man. He studied at Wittenburg University which, at the time was considered the Oxford of Germany. His main pursuit in life was to further his intellect more and more. He did this successfully until there was simply nothing left to learn about. For all the things he had learned, he still couldn’t answer the questions burning within him. Questions like ‘what is there beyond the stars’ or ‘is there a God’. Such questions had emerged in the renaissance period as there was a new attitude of any man, even the lowest of the low, possessing the capacity to learn. This lead to many advances in technology and science and even the invention of the microscope led people to question what was up until that point the most powerful authority on the planet: the church. Suddenly it was no longer enough to be told God existed and people wanted evidence to accompany their evermore expanding intellect. I think of myself as a kind of Doctor Faustus.

I think this because, like him, I’ve given up blindly accepting what people tell me and want to experience these things or see them for myself so I can come to my own personal conclusion about them. I don’t trust the educated guess of the Phd man who discovered an ancient artefact because, what a lot of people forget is that it is indeed just that; an educated guess. I can only hope to expand my intellect further in the hope of succeeding where Faustus did not. Of course, I must do this, wary of becoming the blind thinker. Christopher Marlowe was luckier than I am because he was surrounded by likeminded thinkers, extrapolating the good and the bad out of the ever changing world of the renaissance, in the form of plays. The most famous of which is Shakespeare. I suppose they and I do share one thing in common. We both live in an ever changing world. I believe we are in a kind of renaissance now, but no one can see it because they are all too busy rushing around, tending to their busy modern lives. Just look at the past decade. Computers have been condensed into flat screens and yet further into pad devices people can carry around with them. Games consoles are using motion sensing technology that will go on to be used for military, medical or educational application. Nanomedical sciences continue to expand and scientists are already working on technology to enhance human vision further than what is humanly natural. Is this advance in eyesight not that much different to the arrival of the microscope, allowing scientists to see the true equilibrium of how our world functions? Look what that did. It led people to question the doctrines of the church. What will this one do I wonder?

In terms of thinking for myself and outside of the box that is convention and what’s accepted, I will give a simple example. Myself and a friend were on our way to do some shopping in the car. I told him about how civilisations around the world, at roughly the same time period suddenly realised that building pyramids was a good, structurally sound idea. Just look at the Egyptians, then the Aztecs and similarly Machu Picchu. Going back further yet in time is the idea that cave drawings around the world, again from civilisations totally out of communication from one another, drew shockingly similar images of lanky humanoids with big heads. Then, the biggest topic of discussion regarding our time period, is the idea of the  Mesoamerican Long Count calendar predicting that something cataclysmic will happen in 2012. I asked ‘Why would an ancient civilisation bother to write, in stone so it can be seen many years later, a date that they would have known had no bearing on their lives or even their civilisation?’. Of course, this was after my friend had been subject to the ‘ancient alien’ theory found in the link I mentioned. With the above facts in mind, the people in this documentary suggest aliens came during the time of the ancient civilisations and helped us out a little. So he saw what I was leading up to in this conversation, with the idea that perhaps this was the date these ancient people were told their ‘gods’ would be returning. Like Da Vinci or Einstein, my ideas were met with scepticism as he laughed and shook his head. He was so intent that he was %100 right and I was %100 wrong. But how could he possibly be right? Indeed, how could I possibly be right? It is only a theory after all. I kept telling him that. That it was just an idea. Alas, he was insistent on not accepting it. Although we have to remember, all you sceptics out there, you nor I were there at the time and most of what we are being told in the history books are just ‘educated guesses’. We live in a time where science far outweighs religion and instead of having faith, people want to see things for themselves before they believe it. But to even get to that stage, they need to consider it first. To not consider the idea of ancient alien visitation, I believe, is foolish. People don’t want to believe that it could be a viable theory because, in the arrogance of today, with all our technology and impressive cities, we as a race give ourselves far too much credit with respect to intelligence. Ancient man was no more stupid or intelligent than you or I. This planet’s civilisations had simply not evolved far enough to offer them the tools to compliment their intelligence.

Anyway, I don’t want to digress into all that. If it interests you, please feel free to watch the link. The point I am making and stressing to humanity is that it has fallen victim to hubris and arrogance. So when something extraordinary does happen, like alien visitation or whatever other example you can think of, humanity will be un-prepared for it because, in its arrogance it has already assumed that something like that will never happen. Like the individual arrogance of ‘I’ll never be taken hostage and used as a ransom by terrorists’. It’s extreme yes, but it could happen to any one of us.

So, in closing, to anyone reading this, I implore you; PLEASE, just try to keep an open mind because the time we live in is slowly closing it further and further until the light outside is but a mere slit of illumination. To be surrounded by darkness, is not see and is to be truly weakened.

 


Submitted: March 05, 2012

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Snowflake7

I enjoyed reading this very much, I like your ideas, I also share some of your beliefs you discussed. You connected your thoughts well, a few editing errors, but all in all a good read, great job!

Mon, March 5th, 2012 2:09am

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thanks. good to get some criticism too. Where did you find the editing errors? On a second read through I have noticed a few typos. But even then that was after two proof reads!

Mon, March 5th, 2012 4:35pm

Sparkles McGee

I liked your ideas!!! You are so in tune with reality. Problem though.... while I was reading this, I was so into it, that I didn't realize that I had to use the bathroom. Before I knew it there was a nugget of poop in my underwear. Good work though!

Mon, March 12th, 2012 7:04pm

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ewwwwwww. I never thought something like that could be in context with a compliment. So, thanks for shitting yourself over my work

Mon, March 12th, 2012 2:26pm

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