The Evolving Monkey

  1. Why don’t you believe what I believe?

    • What is belief?
      • I assume there is a Truth.
      • I can’t prove this, but I believe it.
      • Beliefs are based on assumptions.
      • Assumptions are based on many things, much having nothing to do with Truth.
      • Such as your personality, a desire to fit in, a desire to be different and stand out, other assumptions about the world.
    • What beliefs are best?
      • Beliefs that work are the best.
      • But the judgments of what works and does not work are based on assumptions.
      • Assumptions which are based on our very narrow experiences from life.
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  1. Are you special? And does thinking you are destroy your life?

    • First answer.
      • No and yes.
      • But the answer can also be: yes and no.
      • It depends on what you mean by "special".
    • You are not special.
      • In almost all possible ways, this is true.
      • No one, including you and me, are special.
      • We, you, are no more special than the squirrel in the backyard, or the rock in the ground, or the ground itself.
      • This does not mean you and I do not matter, we do, only that we are not special.
      • The squirrel, rock and ground also matter, but are not special.
      • On a universal scale, nothing is special.
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