But this one stirred up some thoughts as I watched it this afternoon with my little girls, just some family entertainment at the Lassen Home.
I won't deny having innumerable moments of local doubt (where you question or are skeptical of some isolated experience) and even moments of Global Doubt (where you question EVERYTHING you've ever been taught or experienced)
While I understand the value of Descartes's contributions to philosophy and modern thinking, I have a lot of issues with it. Understanding that one false belief can contaminate or rot other ideas and beliefs, the same way that a bad apple can ruin the other apples nearby, Descartes rationalized that he had to abandon everything he was taught and then examine each idea one at a time and put each "apple" back into his basket once he determined it was a good one.
|I have an idea! Let's dump all these out, cuz some of them MIGHT be bad!|
His foundational belief, the one thought that saved him from a severe existential crisis was the realization that because he had the ability to Doubt, he must be real, or there must be something REAL about his consciousness. So he reasoned, "I think, therefore I am." (This hearkens back to the ancient Jewish idea that God is the GREAT "I AM", or the Self-Aware one).
|Not gonna, lie. If a glowing bush talked to me, I'd probably listen|
|This is your brain on...scanners|
|While C&H taught me a great deal about deep thinking, and philosophy as a little kid, looking back, Bill Watterson is REALLY pessimistic.|
Similarly with our beliefs. Finding a rotten side to one, doesn't mean the whole was bad, only that you probably let that belief sit, unexamined or unchecked, for too long in the corner of your mind, or the produce drawer of your life-outlook. It wasn't always bad, you just let it go bad. And there's still goodness to it and usability in it. Scrap the rotten section, throw it back on your compost heap, and use it to regrow another apple just like it!
|I'm gonna use these rotten ideas to regrow the same ones, cuz that's who I am. Not much changed about me just because I found a bad idea and threw away all the rest with it, in fact, I might be WORSE off|
So, don't go dumping out everything you ever learned, bruising a bunch of your life on the way, throwing away perfectly good ideas because they were too close to some other bad idea, or just because you found some mold on a couple ideas. Just understand that you, like everyone else, will stumble across some of them inside yourself as you go through life, and address them as they surface. No biggie.
But that's just my thoughts.
|I don't claim expertise in many things, let alone formal philosophy. Though even the few experts I've met aren't really very good at it either, but they sure can drop names like a Kardashian on a talk show|