What do you really know? For example, how do you know Korea exists, if you have never physically been there? Sure you can produce massive amounts of evidence, like maps and personal testimonies, but there is an element of trust involved. Perhaps this is ridiculous. I am told that Iceland and Greenland were named by the Vikings to project the opposite. That is Greenland was a frozen tundra while Iceland was habitable and pleasant. Why did the Vikings use this minor trick of deceit? It served their purposes.
Let me tell you clearly, somebody is lying if not everybody. Historical events are probably the hardest things to verify. Let’s look at a very simple one today. How many people died during the hurricane in Peurto Rico? Some say over three thousand while Donald Trump claims a lower number. Why the discrepancy? Because there are things at stake like the performance of the president. If we perceive the Peurto Rico wasn’t that bad than the government’s response seems better. This shines a positive slant on Donald Trump. If Peurto Rico was a disaster then it speaks ill of Donald Trump. But how will you know without even visiting it?
There must be some deceit involved in religion, either that or utter insanity. Religions contradict one another in a blatant fashion. Either Jesus Christ was the Son of God or he was a prophet or just a philosopher, or he didn’t exist at all, you just can’t have all four, its impossible. If you know your history you will see the problem. Religion has been frequently used to whip up the masses into a killing frenzy and marching them off to war. In all fairness, the lies had very devastating effects.
Perhaps there is truth in science. After all, science is something that is supposed to be proved scientifically. This is very true in some disciplines of science. Chemistry, engineering, physics, they all can be verified. For example, I can drop a ball and using instruments I can measure the acceleration due to gravity. In fact, I can find the acceleration due to gravity in a wide variety of methods. I think it is safe to say we can prove some things.
But what about the Theory of Evolution, is that solid fact? It certainly conflicts with religious teachings. The Theory of Evolution is nothing more than a theory that cannot be proved. In fact, the mathematical odds against the theory are so astronomical that it makes the Theory little more than an absurd joke. But don’ take my word on it, do the research and do the math.
Now psychology is one of those areas that you cannot prove what is taught, though it is considered a science. I am no expert in psychology but I am no fool. Many in the field of psychology quote Freud and that settles the matter. This is like a religion quoting their holy book or a Marxist quoting Marx, it is accepted as authority. But I’ll tell you by my personal experience that I had no desire to kill my father and rape my mother. I count the Oedipus complex as rubbish, but that’s only my opinion.
And what about the ego, superego and the id, can you prove their existence? Not that I object to it, but where is the hard, irrefutable evidence that it exists. Back to other forms of science if I make an assertion I can prove it through scientific experiment.
I was reading a book about schizophrenia and I found it fascinating. Apparently, the psychiatrists making groundbreaking discoveries had success because they addressed the patient’s total environment instead of focusing solely on the individual. My understanding was that through this approach they developed methods and theories that conflicted with what Freud taught.
In the end, the proof is in the living. I believe that my psychotropic medicine is necessary for the well being of my mental health. I know this through personal experience because when I failed to take it I lost my sanity. Outside of addressing my chemical imbalance I have little interaction with a psychiatrist or a therapist. But we can measure the success of such professions. How well do their patients do and how quickly do they reach a point where they no longer need counseling.
You see in the United States, sad to say, the mighty powerful pharmaceutical companies are not in the business for making people better. No, like all businesses in the capitalistic society making drugs is for making money. Thus if they had a cure for cancer they would kill it in favor for less effective treatments like chemotherapy because of the profit motive. If you do the research you will find that there were many promising cures for cancer banned in the United States.
Finally, what is sanity? Is the materialistic, selfish man, motivated primarily by greed at the expense of his fellow man sane? We live in an insane world. War is insane. Poverty is insane. Selfishness and greed are insane. If you don’t fit in with this world maybe that is a positive statement to say about your character. And that’s the truth.
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