Naked Emperors

Fascinating to think how few of us test the limits of perspective.   Our lives get full, leaving little time to consider an existence absent “our paradigms.”

So we take it for granted, these things, what we “know,” and what the world would look like without them.  Day to day we ramble on – earning a living, spellbound by TV’s and smartphones, kissing our loved ones good night, and planning for tomorrow.  Too often we accept what we are told, or that there is so much we will never know.  And, sadly it seems, for many this goes by without ever really knowing “our self.”

Overwhelmed by all that we see, we overlook that which made us.

So what if we were to stop for a moment, and sense the adrenaline – peering thru eyes of the “Shahidka black widow,” or feel showers falling thru trees as we blow dart our next meal from the rain forest canopy?  How would these things inform us?

It’s so different here, standing at the check out line, safe within our nation’s walls, learned what things “this history” has taught us.  Surely it is worth that each of us should try and imagine our world having removed the familiar filters.

To regularly reexamine what it is “to know” (something), for what or for why we believe this information, and to consider one individual experience next to the other –  that somehow, this is what it means to know ourselves – to see the emperor naked in it’s truest sense – “our paradigm.”

As with anything, it is relative. What can we “know” that isn’t first rendered by our prejudices and “experience?” To inquire is simply to ask, “who am I?” And, to wonder is to question “how did all this make me? ”

Certainly, we are the product our own choices. But what can be said for sure about those matters we decide on, and from where it came? By whom and by which culture have we been taught, and in each case what did we take from the lessons?

It is therefore, much of who we are as “thinking beings” will be out of our control.  And, if we wish to “know ourselves” in spite of this, we have no choice but to ask these questions.

“Uncommon Knowledge”

Viewing our world objectively, with David Berlinski

13 responses to “Naked Emperors

  1. Hello troymo, I think your post is excellent – from such thinking all other questions are generated. You referred to one’s own prejudice and that point also is excellent. When one begins to enquire, to know oneself and the world, it is but a moment before one is confronted by one’s own (often deeply ingrained and rationalised) prejudices (one’s conditioning, one’s enculturation, one’s inertia). To think, to take responsibility for one’s thoughts, going with them from point to point and never wanting an endpoint, is the most difficult challenge one can engage in – and the most worthy. Between our ears is the most advanced product of nature. Shouldn’t we be obliged to it? Best wishes, Phil Stanfield

    • Thank you Phil … and well said. Yes, I would say the best way to understand ourselves is to understand the relativity of human experience, and what people, culture, and things has informed our experience; to never stop searching, and always be interested in (what often seems) the unanswerable questions.

      Thank you for sharing 🙂

  2. Thanks. I think that this is my first encounter with David Berlinski. I’m pleased that my blind fumblings have brought me into his company.

    With confirmation of such caliber I can let the reins out a little; Confidence strengthened. An evolutionary process.

    Intuition and reason; The intention to pay attention.

    In early stages of the enquiry, a watchful self doubt is a helpful thing. Looking for overplayed and foolish certainties.

    However, at some point, the great leap requires a final smashing of the mirror.

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