Progressing with Knowledge
BY: T. Franklin Murphy |May 2018
We must fight bias through continual search for knowledge, not limited to restricted networks supporting our beliefs; but open mindedness to a variety of sources.
The behavioral scientists have made many fantastic achievements to unscramble the complex maze of human behavior. We act from a complicated system of causes, derived from biological programming, experiential histories, and external context. These core players are the building blocks forming beliefs, desires and hopes. By Understanding the basics of our complex construction, I hope we can improve our performance, integrating more love, forgiveness and fairness, while compassionately accepting personal shortcomings of judgment, dependency, and misguiding emotions.
We advance through learning not blind allegiance, limited education, or hateful dogmas. Science masterfully shines into small previously hidden corners revealing secrets; but our hopes for human progression can’t rely on scholarly geniuses. Our hope relies on the spreading of knowledge among the masses. A madman can’t ruin a great nation; but a madman supported by ignorant masses can.
We advance through learning not blind allegiance, limited education, or hateful dogmas.
We protect ourselves not by narrowing our view to a single news network or a highly refined Google searches, but through broad exposure to many sources. Opening our minds to arguments both for and against causes and beliefs. We create a foundation for understanding by curious explorations of history. Twitter feeds and Facebook walls are too limiting. As wise as we think we are, we are susceptible to blinding biases and dangerous dogma. We all suffer from these maladies of the mind. If we were a little more discriminating, we wouldn't be as susceptible to the cunning influences of foreign interference.
By understanding biological limitations, and the socializing power of bias, we can gain some freedom from restrictive perceptions. The influence of childhood traumas, our biological programming will always be present, coloring the world we experience; but we can acknowledge the presence of bias and examine alternate perspectives.
We must continue to feed the machine (our brains). Purposely gathering knowledge to assist in the tenuous but fascinating journey of living, recognizing the perverting of progression by exciting fears, giving life to hate and intentionally trying to limit the spread of knowledge. We can transcend the proclivities of our biased minds by following paths that develop skills, abilities and habits. We must live with our futures, no matter who we blame. Mindfully choose to live a constructive life, building on lessons from history, and the great discoveries of the present.