Common sense is not common. Every person develops their own unique framework of ideas that construct a working understanding of reality. This obstruction can be demonstrated by the diversity in human belief. Unseen deities stand at one end of this spectrum, whereas, pure empiricism is found at the other. Each end offers some form of absolutist posturing. This creates faulty foundations to base our perceptions on.
Are there absolutes? Of course, there are. The counterintuitive principle of an absolute; however, is the limitation of its scope. Absolutism does not provide all pervasive truths. Rather, they are relative to human understanding. Not many people consciously accept this because they need to comprehend their environment at some level. There is not much gained from accepting a realist view on a material level. However, Socrates considered this realization to be the height of his wisdom.
Accepting that we cannot be certain of anything is necessary for our personal and cumulative development. In contrast – A full grasp of reality has served as an evolutionary imperative in the past.Societies could be suspended in animation if the members patiently waited for complete bodies of knowledge before moving forward with daily activities. A humble moderation is needed to walk this fine line that borders restrictive conceits and stumbling foolishness.
The industrial revolution spawned from existing bodies of knowledge, adequate communication, and the development of a functional logic used for experimentation. Opposable thumbs were the original tool created by our species. The thumb enabled advanced tool usage. Logic seems to be the latest human technology. Abstract ideas are now the vehicle we move forward with. Accepting Socratic wisdom affords us unlimited potential. Logic is arguably the next thumb. Like the thumb, it is not something that exists outside ourselves. Silicon chips and quad core processors are simply machines developed through human understanding. Looking only outside of ourselves will continue to be the hindrance in our development. Only through a sincere progression can we move forward. Imagining deities was never detrimental until the hope became suffocated by a greed. Unlike property, we cannot own truth.
Truth remains forever beyond our reach, yet accepting this limitation is necessary for growth. Through the unyielding results of scientific knowledge, the human species can find certitude to varying degrees. This gives both hope and reason to keep stumbling forward into the unknown. Ideas are being tested before they are accepted now. It can be said that we are positively advancing scientifically. Yet, technology will immobilize a society if it does not also develop its capacity for humanity in tandem. For example, a nuclear weapon can destroy a third of the planet. This is only an estimation. Something is very wrong. The existence of such a weapon clearly presses this fact. What can we do? We can use the tools available to us. Political and economic systems are not perfected by any means. As a species, we fail where we could succeed. Again, this is due to our greed. New ideas can be drawn from current bodies of knowledge in these areas. People seem to be frozen in their conceits – as if current social, cultural, political, and economical paradigms cannot be leveled for progress. To the contrary, the populace is often discouraged from reaching for any tangible and real change.
Felons are forbidden to vote after they have paid for victimless crimes, while those that are granted the right feel helpless to change anything. The same economic models are preached by public figure heads. Finite systems of governance are consistently presented as if they were as sound as scientific law. Elitists feel that they are fit to rule due to an uneducated populace, yet never educate those they hold themselves over when it is well within their power to do so. Distrust is bred like a noble horse. An onlooker might begin to suspect that this is either a product of intention or that the elites continue to show incompetence. Perhaps it is all the reasons I’ve suggested and more. When alternative views are voiced, they are quickly funneled into existing themes such as socialism, communism, or measured by the actions of heartless warlords. In our development of technology, we did not stop at the wheel. No, and we will not stop when aerospace mechanics is mastered, either. Progress is fueled by the very desire for it, yet in order for humanity to move in this direction – we must first discover a potential for movement. Medieval times illustrate this kind of stagnation. Royal lines ruled by divine right and the masses were then segregated by class.
These lines of class still exist in eerily familiar forms – ranking modern society. It is nothing less than division of a people. Unfortunately, due to a mixture of helplessness, fear, and apathy this separation is accepted. It seems social roles are exacted as if they were engineered – as if lesser classes were left for dead in Plato’s Cave for eons untold. Bound by chains, they watch representations of reality dance in shadow along the walls of their void. Enlightenment is denied the more the reality is accepted – adopted, even.
Nonexistent gods were only the beginning of this blindness unfolding. The gods that concern me are those that bind the progression of our species intentionally. That is, unless I mistake their incompetence for intention. I would not be so swift with false notions of certainty, like some. As in Plato’s allegory, it was “the philosopher” who, after attaining his enlightenment, descended back into the cave to free his people. However; the same question remains – would they not speak of his madness and refuse the knowledge of their chains? If he tried to pull them up into the light, would they not feel attacked?