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Nov. 3rd, 2006

11:42 pm - Musing...

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How often to people choose the fake over the real because they know it's fake and the real is so scary that the fear it's fake prevents its acceptance? I've often seen people reject an communication that is raw and unfiltered and prefer the one that is pre-digested and and given the distance of analysis with the claim that the raw and unfiltered communication must not be as it presents itself and must be faked.

I think the biggest thing standing in the way of enlightenment (not just in the mystical sense here) is fear, fear of actually understanding.

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From:_greg
Date:November 4th, 2006 08:25 am (UTC)
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This fear and this confusion is somewhat valuable to an immature person whose survival is dependent on their fitting in with their social group. Later it becomes an impediment to growth. Part of maturing is to grow out of or transcend the protective mechanisms we no longer need. To the mature person, seeing the truth is always preferable, and part of seeing the truth is seeing the mechanisms of our minds and the illusions they generate - and always with compassion.

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From:catarzyna
Date:November 5th, 2006 12:32 am (UTC)
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I've been accused of being 'too much' because I often do not shy away from unfiltered truth. I'd rather not play some fake game and just be honest. Not everyone is ready or able to handle this due to maturity and experience, either lacking or bad.
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From:mokie_sassafras
Date:November 5th, 2006 04:46 am (UTC)
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example?
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From:ex_butterfl246
Date:November 6th, 2006 06:26 pm (UTC)
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Truth is rarely (never?) absolute; it is a percentage of the whole. It is hard to know what is True -- that is, what has a substantial amount of truth to it. Especially if someone has been repeatedly fooled.

So I can sometimes understand why someone would choose the thing that they want to believe is true over the thing that has facts to support it, or the thing that has a smooth, uncracked surface over the thing full of obscured depths.

On another day, I might change my answer to: People are lazy and prefer not to think. Like processed foods, they get accustomed to the taste of processed thought. Homemade thought takes too long to cook, or they don't have the ingredients, or they don't know how.
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From:omnifarious
Date:November 7th, 2006 05:52 am (UTC)
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*nod* I'm thinking back to the group of (otherwise fairly bright) people who were really rude and mean to those who had ideas they thought were weird or wrong.

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