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Posted on 2011.02.06 at 16:50


ehowton at 2011-02-14 17:28 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Failure after failure

I must run into ignorance far more often than you do. No, ignorance is too kind - we are all initially ignorant - whatever you would call those who get offended at conflicting broken-model data, because for me those people fall into the three categories you've suggested: lazy, awful & stupid. I will admit to being *thrilled* you've given me the sub-category for that which (and I hesitate to use the word) motivates them.

The question remains, if their so unhappy, don't they know it? Don't they ever strive to not be frustrated? I don't find it sad as much as I simply don't understand.
dentin at 2011-02-14 17:47 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Failure after failure

Yes, they know it, and yes they try not to be frustrated, they really try. They just fail, because the universe doesn't work the way they think it should, and because they refuse to update their thinking. I can think of one particular example who is trying ever so hard to make the universe fit her model of it instead of the reverse. It makes me very sad.

The reasons are many and poor: "it's too hard to understand that" "you can't analyze that" "emotions can't be understood" "but that's what my mother/father/priest/teacher told me" "I like my mistaken belief better" "my friends don't believe that" "I once read an article that said the opposite", and the ultimate cop-out: "can we ever truly know anything?"

As someone who embraces change and strives for deep, solid, and consistent understanding, you immediately dismiss these reasons as ridiculous; but for those in the mix, those held back by these reasons, they are a great wall.

The wall analogy is a good one. You and I know that on the other side of the wall lies success; but they lack that understanding. To them, the wall is comfortable and tearing it down is risky and uncertain. They fear what is on the other side, because they do not know. They do not know because they will not tear it down.
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