The Bewilderment (and the death of ideas)

Wherever I look in recent days there has been a tendency to err away from anything that resembles common sense. I have taken to thinking about it. I must confess that many days I would rather sit by the shores of a lake, somewhere off in the mountains where it is quiet and think there. But I can’t. No, this world I live in forces me to confront it’s inconsistencies, inaccuracies and most annoying attributes in a full frontal assault without so much as a toothpick with which to defend myself.

Why is it that when confronted with a reality that disturbs our perceptions that we react so cluelessly? At the first hint of dissonance we delve deep into our souls and find an irrationality that must indeed stun even the speaker in the very process of uttering the word or committing the act. Repeatedly we see in our media, our conversations, our lives an inability to reflect, to ponder, to philosophise. And so, night after night, show after show, blog after blog is filled with senseless rants about the injustices of the world. Indeed many people think about a problem but many rarely ever think through a problem.

Violently destroyed are the arguments of a crowd at the hands of an ignorant voice. We see daily the leaders of our land reject sense and reason at the expense of people for the sake and glory of re-election. Never a moment spared to consider that someone might be right or even wrong. If this is the way our leaders conduct themselves, why should the masses behave differently?

As I think, commute, work and think some more, I feel we can draw some conclusions though I’m sure I may indeed be wrong.

Observation #1
The inability to face an opposing idea is possibly birthed out of an unerring faith and pride in the strength of one’s self.

Observation #2
To be reflective in practice (regardless of occupation) requires that we are also forward thinking in our reflective practice.

Observation #3
To truly be reflective of ourselves we must be brutally honest about our beliefs, perceptions and ideas. This is a truly terrifying prospect. To find an idea that is accurate and reject it is more so. This drives people to fiercely defend themselves from opposing ideas in an effort to protect their pride and intellectual stability.

I may be wrong but perhaps the bewilderment is leading us to the death of ideas. After all, if one must constantly deal with an irrational opposite with no desire to actually face the actuality at hand, ideas aren’t worth much.

What do you think?
P.S. Photos don’t serve any purpose in this post other than to make it prettier and easier to look at. I’d take out the words too but I thought it would be a bad idea.

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One Response to The Bewilderment (and the death of ideas)

  1. Emma says:

    A timely and thought-provoking blog. Why is it that we are so suspicious of any idea that is not our own, or does not merge into the social discourses that are accepted as the norm? It seems that we are too often like white blood cells, quickly quashing any new or foreign concept – particularly one that causes an upheaval of our set ideas or, worse, reflection and the possible consequence of change.

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