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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Video of the Week - The Dangers of Irrational Beliefs

In his famous 2005 Commencement address at Stanford University, Steve Jobs cautioned the graduating class not to live their lives in accordance to other people's thinking. He said:

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people's thinking.

It is unfortunate that many of us today subscribe to "truths" that we haven't taken time to examine. Many confuse what they believe to be true, oblivious to the humbling fact that 'your truth' or 'my truth' may not necessarily be 'the truth.'
There is no place where this is better manifested than in religious belief.

There is no such thing as various versions of the truth. Truth is both universal and singular, as Somni 451 asserted in Cloud Atlas, saying:

Truth is singular. Its versions are mistruths.

With that out of the way, our video this week illustrates, albeit in a most unconventional way, how refusing to accept reality is harmful. Pardon the dark humor, and enjoy:

All in all, the once thing so many of us fail to realize is that belief and truth are seldom synonymous.

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This past week, Islam fundamentalists attacked the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and murdered several people. Soon after, there was another attack in a Jewish supermarket in Paris. Both these attacks were most unfortunate.
My attention is however drawn to the hundreds of people elsewhere that are attacked by terrorists in the Middle East and across Africa but all this goes unnoticed, without eliciting as much media attention and worldwide public outcry. Isn't the sanctity and dignity of human life equal everywhere? Without saying too much, here is Asa with a song that addresses the same concerns.