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Being wrong II

Posted in Musings with tags , , on July 26, 2011 by johnfom

Last night I posted a short aphorism about being wrong. Here I want to expand on that a little bit. This is arising out of a conversation I’m in over at naked pastor:

When someone is wrong we tend to put them into boxes based on which of the categories we think they are. Sure, we can leave them in limbo for a period while we try to figure out which one of the categories they are, but eventually we’ll think of them as one of those categories.

Are they lying? No, there doesn’t seem to be an intention to deceive there. Are they deceived? Well, possibly, but they don’t seem to have swallowed any lies, they just see a different meaning or outcome. Not being the other two they must therefore have missed out on some information that I have (dense), so I’d better tell them everything I know so they can see things my way. If that doesn’t work then its back to the first two categories depending on how much we like the person (if we like them they must be deceived, if we don’t then they are deceptive). Of course religious folk have another category to put the ‘leftovers’ in. If they are wrong, and we can’t honestly put them in the first 3 categories, they must just be sinful (depraved). There we go, all neatly categorised into what sort of wrong they are, and we can relate to them as their category befits

I’m not saying that the categories should be done away with. There are those for who the shoe undoubtedly fits. I’m saying the categories are inexhaustive and we should try to create for ourselves the possibility of relating to someone who, being wrong, is not deceived, dishonest, dense or depraved because, IMO and experience, they often aren’t any of these.


Being wrong

Posted in Soundbite Philosophy with tags , , on July 26, 2011 by johnfom

Life could be better if we could find a way to let our fellow beings be wrong without necessarily thinking of them as deceived, dishonest, dense or depraved.

Economy in the information age

Posted in Musings with tags , on July 18, 2011 by johnfom

The valuable commodity in the information age is, perhaps paradoxically, not information.

We are all inundated with information. What we lack is an ability to pay attention to it all.

The most valuable commodity in the information age is attention. It is the gold of this era.

– with compliments to Joseph Nye

On love…

Posted in From others..., Soundbite Philosophy with tags , , on July 16, 2011 by johnfom

I define love as not just an emotion but an action that helps others achieve some possibility.

…if you had to objectively measure the love in someone’s heart, what would that look like? I think it would look like increasing choices and possibilities for others. – Kevin Kelly (Founder of Wired magazine)

via Geek Theologian | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction.

You and me

Posted in Soundbite Philosophy with tags , on July 5, 2011 by johnfom

I don’t want to be you. I don’t want you to be me. What I want is to see you be the best ‘you’ there is, as measured by those things you deem to be worthy

Returning to bloggin soon.

Posted in Uncategorized on July 5, 2011 by johnfom

Now that I’m finished my study, I have no forum for my writing or thought. I need an outlet. Returning to blooging soon.

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