October 6th. On Bullshit and Conceptual Schemes. Jackson W.

            Option 2. Everyone says that the truth is important. But we value the truth less than personal gain — that’s why there’s so much bullshit. If you could press a button and cut out all the bullshit in the world, would you press it? I don’t think anyone would. Salesmen wouldn’t: they’d have to answer a day’s worth of questions with “I don’t know.” Students wouldn’t: they’d be doomed to silence in class discussions. Politicians wouldn’t: they’d look useless and unknowing at every public event. We hate to hear bullshit, but we love to do it. It’s the easiest way out of a sticky situation, because the truth doesn’t matter. Rambling is a lot easier than crafting a lie or coming out with a painful truth. We can’t expect to reduce the amount bullshit in our society when we all love it so much. Nobody else is going to stop bullshitting, so why should we? Leading by example isn’t going to do much when nobody follows the lead. Bullshit, I’m afraid, is a fact of life. 

Option 3. Why do we insist on conceptual schemes? Having a coherent, followable set of beliefs is an admirable goal. But is it wrong to have ideas/answers without having an underlying philosophy to explain them? We don’t all agree on the answers to life’s essential questions, so why do we spend so much time trying to create our conceptual schemes? We’re not going to convert anyone into our school of thought with them. I unstained questioning our beliefs, but I don’t necessarily see why all our beliefs must stem from some grand overarching belief/way-of-thinking. I suppose I’m with James — this all seems so impractical. Why bother?

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