|The Thinking Man at Musée Rodin in Paris (Photo: Wikipedia)|
Incentives for Claiming to Know the “Truth”
“Tiger got to hunt, bird got to fly;
Man got to sit and wonder ‘why, why, why?’
Tiger got to sleep, bird got to land;
Man got to tell himself he understand.”
No One Has the Answers
Idea #1: Uncertainty can and should be eliminated from existence.
“Only mystery allows us to live, only mystery.”Federico García Lorca
Idea #2: You deserve to feel great all the time, and you can.
“This is Bob. Bob is doing well. Very well indeed. That’s because not long ago with just a quick phone call Bob realized that he could have something better in his life.”
Idea #3: You should be afraid.
“Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. […] This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering it’s a feather bed.”Terence McKenna
Idea #4: The products can fix you.
“It did what all ads are supposed to do: create an anxiety relievable by purchase.”David Foster Wallace
Idea #5: There are “good” people and there are “bad” people.
“You are good in countless ways, and you
are not evil when you are not good,
You are only loitering and sluggard.
Pity that the stags cannot teach swiftness
to the turtles.”
Idea #6: You are better than “them.”
“It’s important to abolish the unconscious dogmatism that makes people think their way of looking at reality is the only sane way of viewing the world. My goal is to try to get people into a state of generalized agnosticism, not agnosticism about God alone, but agnosticism about everything. If one can only see things according to one’s own belief system, one is destined to become virtually deaf, dumb, and blind. It’s only possible to see people when one is able to see the world as others see it.”