118. Direct Your Intellectual Pursuits

It seems to me all to common that people pursue theories for sake of pursuing them, rather than a search for truth. The problem in this is that truth is the end, and our capabilities to be rational and seek truth are a means. Treating the pursuit of truth as the end is like treating money as an end, rather than a means.

“On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

We ought not treat means as ends or ends as means. If we do, we are acting improperly and will not be able to reap the benefit of proper action.

What should be the focus of an intellectual pursuit is not notoriety, pride of accomplishment, or vindication. Rather, we should seek truth and if any of those come our way as a side effect, be grateful.

The worst thing one can do in search of truth is to attempt to subdue the truth and wield it, rather than to seek and accept it. This is a grave problem and should be avoided, as it is an exercise of pride and self-imposition on reality, rather than acceptance of the reality at hand. It is the beginning of ideology and tyranny, and many of the ills our society sees today.

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142. Don’t Attribute To Stupidity That Which Is Proven To Be Malice Conversation of Our Generation

Stupidity doesn't explain everything. And, in our culture, it seems like too many sensible people deny evidence that points to malice in favor of the stupidity explanation. I try to look at things in a charitable light and not assign motives. That said, eventually when evidence stacks up high enough, it's time to admit that what may appear accidental wasn't. And, to not allow people to simply ask questions, but insist that they're conspiracy theorists if they do, is wrong. That's why today we're going to take a look at real conspiracies that are known world-wide as well as weird occurrences that you aren't allowed to attribute malice to- or even ask about.
  1. 142. Don’t Attribute To Stupidity That Which Is Proven To Be Malice
  2. 141. Book Review | Freedom of Religion Decisions of the United States by Maureen Harrison & Steve Gilbert
  3. 140. Secularism, America’s Established Church
  4. 139. Book Review | Art of War by Sun Tzu
  5. 137. Book Review | Villains of the Early Church by Mike Aquilina
  6. 136. Reclaiming Beauty in an Ugly Culture
  7. 135. Book Review | Filthy Rich by James Patterson
  8. 134. How to Defend America
  9. 133. Book Review | The Supreme Court Landmark Decisions by Tony Mauro

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