The “truth” of something does not need verification to be a reality, but it does need verification if it needs to have any value attributed to it.
That comes from someone much smarter than me.
After doing some reading last year, I decided to abandon many of my normative values in an attempt to re-evaluate everything. However, I realized that instead of just a re-evaluation, I should re-apply my normative values in order to better analyze them. After all, the age of a normative value sometimes (emphasis on sometimes) correlates with an inherent truth or wisdom in adopting that value.
If that didn’t make sense to anyone, please complain about it.
Ironically, reading is causing me to procrastinate.
I’m reading Children of Dune (and yes, I’m skipping a book in the dune series because they don’t have Dune Messiah) . I missed a little bit by not reading the second book, but one of the main outcomes is that the main character Paul is damned to walk the desert with the knowledge of the future; that is, knowing exactly how the universe will unfold without being able to change its destiny. Three characters in the book who share the same potential Paul did, that is, knowing varying paths of the future, struggle to not succumb to this curse.
It seems that one of the underlying themes (but not the main one, which is more encompassing) is that the certain future is to be feared. Given a choice between the known and the unknown, humans must always choose the unknown and train themselves to fear the known.
While I don’t know if I deem this an appropriate philosophy to live by, I think it is useful to help us break out of whatever rut of “sameness” we experience every day. Think of how much easier it would be to face our fears if we were no longer afraid of and instead drawn to the unknown. By doing this, I also think we can uncover a lot of hidden fears that may seem ridiculous but are actually legitimate.
Consider the fear of success: a seemingly absurd fear. But consider the obligation that comes with success. Is it ridiculous to see those obligations as chains that limit our ability to act? Perhaps it is indeed the fear of expectation that drives the fear of success, but it is ultimately the fear of success that provides the person with that fear a comfortable path to complacency, perhaps even failure, blinding that person to the fact that the path he chooses opens one or two doors in front of him but locks others behind him. But what if that person explores the unknown and accepts the chains that success binds him with? The answer to this, of course, is obvious, but it also highlights the fact that we need to face the unknown and that we should learn to fear the comfortable path.
“The eye that looks ahead to the safe course is closed forever.”
“Never Look Back”
My thoughts on the wisdom of this shift from day to day. On one hand, we can say that looking back makes it easy to see how far we have come. On the other hand, it is easy to keep looking back for so long that we forget to look ahead and miss some very important opportunities. It makes sense pragmatically to never look back as it isn’t necessary in regards to progress, shedding light on the wisdom this maxim holds. But on the other hand, why move forward if you can’t look back?