Disbelief, the inability or refusal to accept something as true or real, is fostered as an asset in our culture.
Questioning the accepted is seen as fundamental for progress, paradigm shifts, innovation, and change. The ability to debunk illusion is considered an asset in a culture built on illusions and lies - where theories fail, desires are formulated, and product is confused with substance.
Skepticism is the backbone of much of education. It is the hidden curriculum imparted via the teaching of questioning, analysis, logic, dialectics, and mathematics. The esteemed philosophers - if they are a measure - hold everything in disbelief until proven real, and even the physicists with their quantum leaps play on the suspension of belief.
From an early age, we are taught to question, examine, consider, compare, contrast, differentiate, repute, weigh & measure. We create instruments with finer and finer sensitivities in order to find clarity. And always the finer instrument becomes the measure of the current truth to be debunked. Proof is followed by disproof.
Looking at this fostering of disbelief as a cultural habit of thought, one might consider the repercussions. Consider it in light of relations that require an unwavering foundation of belief in order to be sustained - say "God," or "Love." Without belief, how does one differentiate the real from the false forms? What might we be teaching ourselves by fostering disbelief as a habit of thought? What is the relation of disbelief and belief with regard to our epistemological frames, desire, and change? Just a thread for the strand...another consideration.
- The Fool
- photo by Rodney Smith