To self-criticize? That's a trait that is tough to do on many people, uncomfortable it is, upsets the applecart it does. Visited by the spirit of Yoda it appears........ :)
And, Nylon12, one of the most visible flaws (in my opinion) of modern society. How many times at every level do we see people practicing the very thing they are criticizing others for? Part of this suggests we no longer understand the nature of true (true no matter who is involved); the other that we no longer have the ability to self correct or self criticize on matters that are truly important, not just the ones that whatever the current social trend is.
Diogenes was an odd fellow even by Greek standards.First you must learn to control your self. The rest follows. Blessed is he who knows himself and commands himself, for the world is his and love and happiness and peace walk with him wherever he goes.Robert A. HeinleinLearning isn't a means to an end; it is an end in itself.Robert A. HeinleinAnyone who cannot cope with mathematics is not fully human. At best, he is a tolerable subhuman who has learned to wear his shoes, bathe, and not make messes in the house.Robert A. Heinlein Humans hardly ever learn from the experience of others. They learn - when they do, which isn't often - on their own, the hard way.Robert A. Heinlein You live and learn. Or you don't live long.Robert A. HeinleinTo stay young requires unceasing cultivation of the ability to unlearn old falsehoods.Robert A. HeinleinBut then again like Diogenes, today Robert would seem an odd duck.
Diogenes was an odd duck in his time. Some of his personal habits made for...awkward conversation.Heinlein was an odd duck as well. His sort of insightfulness would not fare well in modern society (so pretty fortunate for him he wrote when he did). He certainly explored alternate human social relations in his works, but he always (at least in everything I have read of his) adhered strictly to logic and logical outcomes.
This hits close to home. Both Nylon12 and Michael make great points and so do you TB. We seem incapable of critical self analysis. I think that we can do better, and it's more of a journey than a sudden change.
It is interesting John: I can be very critical of myself, , but critical self-analysis is much harder. And it is certainly not taught as a universal good, only as good when used in specific ways to support specific agendas, the modern day self incrimination of the Great Leap Forward.
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