Stay Sane is dedicated to helping folks weather the storm as public pronouncements, media outlets, and twitter compete for our time and attention. The whirlwind of so-called exposés, contradictory information and hysteria is unsettling in the extreme.
Sadly, many folks lack confidence in their own ability to sort out the signal from the noise. Stay Sane encourages and informs the evolution of your own thoughts on matters.
To begin with, I will address the matter of confidence.
I have never met a person that was not a philosopher. However, I have met few who would claim to be a philosopher. To ‘philosophize’ is to be a philosopher, to offer your views on serious matters. I invite you to think of yourself as a philosopher. My guess is, for most folks, that’s going to feel like a stretch. It’s not. You have been tricked into underestimating yourself.
That stops now.
I am, as we speak, offering you a new foundation from which to operate. If you can follow me on this, you will be tossing out what you previously thought, ‘who me, a philosopher?’ and acknowledging that , yes, you do ‘philosophize,’ you are a philosopher and you don’t need any institution to confer that title upon you.
Taste the freedom. You’ve chosen a new perspective. You’ve transformed yourself. You’ve become a philosopher.
Would it surprise you to know that our first scientists called themselves philosophers? All science is derived from philosophy. Now I can’t pass up the opportunity to note that as you learn this bit of history, you are becoming a historian, that is a student of history.
The take-away here is that you are a philosopher, a historian and insofar as science is derived from philosophy, you are a scientist. A scientist? Yes. Each time you posit an idea as a ‘maybe,’ you are formulating a hypothesis.
Own this about yourself and the contradictory information coming at you from all sides will not be crazy-making. You will tap something within yourself that has been deliberately suppressed. You were taught to believe the experts, to trust that your teachers knew, and to treat your intuition and your own suspicions as of little value.
That stops now.
We are hard wired to learn. That means change folks. It can be scary, humiliating and hard but the alternative is to force your thinking into never ending feedback loops that require energy to maintain. To learn can also be exhilarating, liberating and extremely satisfying.
And the bonus? We can all function better as citizens. Ignorance and unwillingness to revisit our assumptions did not build the modern world.