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What things/thoughts/beliefs do you accept as your self evident truths?
While much of what I believe has some basis in reality (or at least I would I like to believe that - one of my self evident truths) I do have a number of ideas or beliefs or for me self evident truths that I just believe and if required I could not find a convincing argument for my "truth". I believe it because I do.
A couple of examples. Songs as my philosophy. Or maybe Pop Psychology. As I struggled through my life in my school years I was not liked and a good day was everyone just ignoring me. As I moved through my army years after high school and others treated me differently and I purposely attempted to be different, the song "I Can See Clearly Now" was repeated with each new move and different treatment from others. I had actually thought I had become significantly different than with the last location and persons. Of course now I think it was more of an illusion, but I still on occasion have that sense I can see clearly now. Or another song, "Lying Eyes". While a song about cheating, it was a line late in the song that stated my philosophy"...funny how your new life didn't change things..." Just two examples of the numerous songs that clarify my philosophy through songs. A self evident truth for me. I found/find some of my philosophy through songs.
Another. We all have talents, abilities, and weaknesses as well as some of us have destructive addictions. My self evident truth is that when great talent meets great passion is when great things emerge. Things most think are impossible become possible. While I have a few abilities, maybe talents, none are great and as for passion, I have a passion for the couch, learning, and maybe even an addiction. But great passion, no.
So with the limited space here, I have provided just a couple of my self evident truths. I hope you get the idea I'm trying to get across. What are some of your self evident truths that if you had to explain or defend, would be difficult to do, but you believe them anyway.
Closing Statement from Milo Kelley
Most missed what I was trying to communciate. But still gained insight into what others may think.
This was more of a question about what do you believe that you can't prove? Not only that, but you hold to some ideas that have no or limited rational support. We all have some basic filters for how we look at the world and make the 100s of decisions daily. Many of those decisions likely would have difficulty under scrutiny of logic or reason. Maybe not.
I have been looking at myself and wondering how I differ frrom those successful persons. Regardless of how one defines success, what filters did I use to make the decisions I made that lead to where I am today? I'm not looking to justify or defend those filters, just stating what they are and how they may have effected my life.