December 13, 2016

Sometimes I think about what I’m trying to write about like what am I doing really. To share something? To leave a trail? To kill time?

What I do know is that I like tight sentences that say something and that are preferably informed by lived experience. Those are the most valuable to me although I used to be into erudition.

I learned that the formal academic angle on truth requires distance to work because it is built on a theoretical model of truth. You build an argument, test it out, etc. It’s one of the most powerful inventions of mankind. But a theoretical model without lived experience is empty. All theoretical models/hypotheses, etc. begin with questions and there is no formula for good questions. Only experience can compel good questions.

 

© Daniel Douglas

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  1. “I learned that the formal academic angle on truth requires distance to work because it is built on a theoretical model of truth. You build an argument, test it out, etc. It’s one of the most powerful inventions of mankind. But a theoretical model without lived experience is empty. All theoretical models/hypotheses, etc. begin with questions and there is no formula for good questions. Only experience can compel good questions.” And after learning all that and living life out in experience you find that by-in-large . . . “people either only hear what they want to hear, don’t listen at all or really don’t care.” “What experience and history teaches us is that people and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it.”
    ― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
    ‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.’
    – George Santayana
    Therefore we are doomed of our own brilliance and abilities and selfishness. What can save us from this dismal curse? Do we really want the answer? No. Yet, dare we ignore it?

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